It’s really hard to put into words the perfect holiday destination, but Goa comes closest. Be it a college trip with friends, or a getaway with your colleagues or a romantic holiday, Goa always seems the place for it. But during the peak season, it can get pretty crowded too.
So, if you want to escape the madding crowd and enjoy a peaceful weekend, these weekend getaways from Goa will make sure you come back rejuvenated and ready to take on the week.
Along the Maharashtra coastline lies Malvan, one of the eight talukas in the Sindhudurg district and a lovely holiday destination. One of the few places in Maharashtra to offer the sport, travellers flock to Malvan to check scuba diving and snorkelling off their list. A leisure boat ride along the Karli backwaters and a visit to the Sindhudurg fort are two you should definitely do in the coastal town. Don’t forget to treat your tastebuds to the famed Malvani cuisine!
Dandeli, in Karnataka, is the perfect option for the adventurer in you. Adrenaline junkies can fulfil their dream of white water rafting in the Kali river, while nature lovers can spend their day in harmony with the flora and fauna at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. To plan your trip better, read more about Dandeli here.
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A little over 50 kms from Goa is Karwar, adorned by pristine beaches, clear waters and an ancient history. Snorkelling and dolphin spotting are a couple of the activities that tourists indulge in during their stay here. Trekking along the jagged hills is also a good early morning exercise to flex those muscles before hitting Karwar’s beaches.
Called the ‘queen’ of Maharashtra, this pristine hill-station offers you breathtaking views of nature’s finest creations. With a number of waterfalls springing up during the monsoon, Amboli attracts tourists for a relaxing time under the gushing water. Madhavgad fort is also a worthwhile visit here.
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The most popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars, Lonavla also attracts travellers from across the country. Pleasant weather with a slight chill in the air during the peak season (October-March) works in favour for the city dwellers. A well-known holiday destination, Lonavla is easily accessible by road and rail, and also offers plenty of options for accommodation and food.
Alibaug boasts of the most famous beach in Maharashtra, thanks to its ideal location. A short drive from both Pune and Mumbai, a road trip from Goa to Alibaug would be scenic drive. Take dip in the Alibaug beach and then head to Raigad fort for a piece of Maratha glory.
A stone’s throw from Lonavla, Khandala is another monsoon retreat you shouldn’t miss. Adventure sports such as water rappelling, go-karting, dirt biking and water zorbing will set your pulse racing. Setting off on nature trails and treks is also gaining a lot of popularity in Khandala.
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A quick drive from Goa as well as Bangalore, Gokarna is laden with pristine beaches and temples. You can go beach hopping for an entire day or visit the Mahabaleshwar temple, home to Lord Shiva. A leisurely stroll in the evening around the town taking in the town’s essence would make for a great end to your trip in Gokarna.
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