Off beat sports

 Goa may be the ultimate place to just sit back and put your feet up and watch the world go by but there is more to this sunny state than all lazy afternoons. If you’re in the mood to shun the balcão, ditch the patrão and dive into some adventure, then here are our 5 recommendations for adrenaline pumping activities you just can’t afford to miss in Goa.

  1. White water rafting
    Yup you heard right, you don’t have to go to Rishikesh or Kabini if you want a bit of rapids in your life. Just head to Mhadei and Tillari rivers and you’ll find the best white water rafting experience in Goa. The team at Goa Rafting ensures that all levels of competency are well looked after, so don’t worry if you’re a beginner, you’re in good hands. So what are you waiting for? Kit up and ride the rapids!
  2. Kite surfing
    The beaches in the north Morjim and Ashvem are a playground for water babies who are there for more than sunbathing. Kite Surfing is an extreme adventure activity that takes place here and there are qualified instructors who take you through courses in Kite Surfing that range from a beginner to master levels.
  3. Go-karting
    Adventure buffs will tell you that the thrill of racing a go kart in Goa is truly one of the most exhilarating experiences in the country. The go kart track at Nerul in the south sits perched on top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the valley below. This track is also the venue for international level go karting championships. In north Goa the go karting track lies right next to the famous Saturday night market in Arpora, while it may not be as thrilling as the one in Nerul, it has its own Challenging twists and turns that get your adrenaline pumping in high gear.
  4. Off-roading
    Come monsoons and Goa hosts one of India’s most challenging off-roading expeditions starting from Dona Paula, Panjim through the hinterlands. Considered to be one of the toughest races in the world, off-roading in Goa is an adventure junkie’s dream come true. Its wild, its fast, and its dirty – all in a good way!
  5. Cycling Trails
    For those who like to push themselves physically, a cycling expedition in Goa is definitely not to be missed. Home to some of the most adventurous cycling groups in the country, Goa with its smooth roads and unmatched natural beauty makes for the perfect ride, solo or otherwise.

Text: Amina M Azad

Pics: Planet Goa Archives

Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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