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Goa on Two Wheels and Pedals
By: Firefox Bikes
09 Nov, 2021
The country’s favourite party state is well known for white-sand beaches, music, nightlife, and its uniquely hybrid Portuguese-Konkani culture. Most travellers wander around the beaches, go surfing, hit the bars and go back with memories of a party-fuelled holiday in Goa.
But there is another side to Goa that is often overlooked amidst the rush to party. The unique terrain of the state allows for a fine mix of cliffs, hills, rocky and sandy beaches that could offer the adrenaline rush you need.
On your next visit to Goa, explore it on cycles and discover the place from a whole new perspective.
Here are a few Goa cycling routes to explore on your next trip.
Divar and Chorao Islands
Located about 12 kilometres from Panjim, the island of Divar can be reached by taking a ferry ride. It is one of the most interesting settings in Goa for a blissful cycling experience in rural parts. Chorao island is close to Divar and is also accessible by ferry. It houses the famous Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. These islands are mostly isolated, and the undeveloped terrains offer for unique cycling experiences on your mountain bike.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls via Mollem
One of the most visited tourist attractions in Goa is the stunning four-tiered waterfall of Dudhsagar. Not only is the waterfall a sight to behold, but the routes leading up to it are full of beauty as well. The route however is tricky and treacherous through bumpy forest patches and even crosses streams. It is pure raw adventure for cycling enthusiasts. If you want to try another route, you can also explore the 60 km Netravali to Dudhsagar falls trail!
Cycling expedition from North Goa to South Goa
There is a stark difference between the two halves of Goa, especially with regards to the topology. Gear up for a wholesome journey from the North border beach of Querim to Polem which is closer to the Southern border. You can go cycling in Goa along the coast, on beaches, on highways across the hills and on rocky off-road trails. Many bikers combine this route with cycling to Goa from the border states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Exploring old Goa
Leisurely cruise through the streets of Panjim and ride to the Miramar circle, Fontainhas bylanes and stunning old Goa churches. You can ride along the banks of river Mandovi and have a truly stunning experience at the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The ride allows you to make it your own and spend as much time exploring the bylanes as you make your own cycling tour. This Goa biking experience is a great choice for riding with friends and family and having a good time.
So these are a few unique options to add a #GoBiking aspect to your Goa holiday!