A guide to the 6 best scenic rides in Goa

The hidden roads of Goa can offer nature lovers a captivating experience
Salvador do Mundo Church
Salvador do Mundo Church Roxanne D'Silva

By Roxanne D'Silva

Goa is a western Indian state which is stretched along the Arabian Sea. Apart from the beaches, Goa has much more to offer, ranging from lush green scenery to stunning views of hills and backwaters. 

Just have a getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle, the routine. Instead, hop onto your motorcycle and ride into the sunset. Let's take you to places that are offbeat.

Here are a few places one should visit while you are planning your road trips in Goa. 

Torda Creek
Torda Creek Roxanne D'Silva
Salvador do Mundo Church
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Salvador do Mundo 

The village of Salvador do Mundo is located in the constituency of Porvorim in Bardez, North Goa. You can immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of this village as you ride through it.

It is surrounded by marshlands and verdant trees such as cashew, teak and mango. 

Riding through this captivating scene, you can stop and visit the Church of Salvador do Mundo which is an ancient monument, constructed back in 1565. 

The lovely fields of Salvador do Mundo
The lovely fields of Salvador do MundoRoxanne D'Silva
Salvador do Mundo Church
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There are a few temples around Salvador do Mundo that one could visit like Shree Muchukund Swami Datta Mandir and Shree Krishna Temple Bhatmoda.

The ride along the Salvador road will give you a picturesque view of the paddy fields on one side, and on the other side, you'll find the Torda Creek. 

The creek is breathtaking towards sunset as the sky keeps changing colours from orange to red and pink. It’s like a picture out of a postcard. 

Salvador do Mundo Church
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On the way to Badem sunset point
On the way to Badem sunset point Roxanne D'Silva

Parra Road 

The famous Parra road is locally known as Madani. The road first got its popularity after the movie Dear Zindagi.

This beautiful road has coconut palms lined up on both sides of the road and is complemented by fields on either side as well.

The St Ann’s Church is along the same road, as well as a small chapel in the field. The Parra road is a route used to commute from Mapusa to Anjuna. Do consider a pit stop at Parra road to capture a few shots. 

Salvador do Mundo Church
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Badem sunset point
Badem sunset pointRoxanne D'Silva

Badem Sunset Point 

There are two routes that one could take to access this beautiful location. Both routes leading there have attractive scenery in their own right. 

The route off the Assagao-Badem road is a route through the village where you will see beautiful villas on both sides with trees in-between making it a cool and shady ride to Badem Sunset Point. 

The other route is via Siolim-Chapora road. This road runs along the Chapora River and riding along this route is simply charming. 

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Ozran Cliff
Ozran CliffRoxanne D'Silva

Irrespective of the time of the day you ride along this road, the view is always pleasant. On reaching the Badem sunset point, you will witness a panoramic view of the Chapora River. 

The view is phenomenal, especially during sunsets the skies look ablaze as if on fire. One needs to visit to experience this fascinating vision. 

Ozran Cliff

This beach is located around 2 kilometres away from the main Vagator Beach.

The route to get to Ozran Cliff is through the arcade of shops, where the road is narrow but the view at the end of this narrow street is worth the trip. 

The view from Ozran Cliff during sundown is heavenly. You can see this breathtaking view by sitting on top of the overlooking cliff where the sea kisses the skies. 

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Vainguinim Beach
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Vainguinim Beach 

To reach this beach, one has to walk through a narrow path beside Hotel Cidade De Goa. The beach is around 2 kilometres away from the Dona Paula circle. 

The beach is perfect for photographs as it is not very crowded and is quiet. The beach had vividly green trees and naturally carved boulders, giving the scenery a nice backdrop for a photoshoot. 

Camurlim  

What makes riding through this small village interesting? You will see houses of different architecture and colours.

You will experience a cool village vibe when you spot a group of senior citizens chilling under a tree or outside someone's house.  

Along the Camurlim road
Along the Camurlim roadRoxanne D'Silva
Salvador do Mundo Church
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As you ride along this route, you will cross the Camurlim ferry point. Here you’ll find old fishing canoes.

They do make a pretty backdrop for a picture. On proceeding further, you will find yourself riding along the riverside, and, my-oh-my, the view is simply enchanting. 

So hop on your motorbike and ride down the streets of Goa. You’ll be surprised by the magnificent scenery each village or city has in store for you. 

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