Take a look at 5 trails to go trekking in Goa that is bound to satiate the adventurer in you.
If you want to feel on top of the world, you can head to Sonsogor for a trek as it has one of the three highest peaks in the state. So, maybe it is not the top of the world, but it is the top of Goa. That’s not so bad either, right? Although this trek lasts only about 2-3 hours, trekkers flock to this place quite often to take in the wonders of the Goan greenery.
At a stretch of 16 km, this trail passes through valleys, hills and waterfalls, bringing every painting of nature you may have ever seen, to life. However, Satregad is one such trekking spot where you get more than just a hiking experience. The Satregad Fort located here displays Portuguese and British influences through its architecture. You can also marvel at the sight of Royal Bengal Tigers, the country’s national animal, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.
This 13 km long trek is situated within the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. Imagine the views you will be privy to. Malabar giant squirrel, Indian bison, four-horned antelope, leopard, etc. are some of the animals that live within this sanctuary. It is also home to birds like the rare Malayan night heron, Nilgiri wood pigeon, great pied hornbill, grey-headed bulbul to name a few. Keep your eyes open and your binoculars handy so that you can catch sight of these amazing bird species as you hike.
A hidden jewel in Valpoi, the Pali Waterfalls is laden with slippery rocks, thorns and bushes. This trekking trail is relatively easy and spans a mere 6 kilometres. The waterfall is surrounded by dense forest that borders Dandeli, Karnataka. This dense forest provides ample opportunities to spot varied birds and mammals. Trekkers have reported sightings of the most beautiful butterflies and birds on the path.
About 16 kilometres long, the Udaan Dongor trekking experience will take approximately 6 hours to complete. It begins at Panjim and ends at the fourth largest peak in Goa. The views are mesmerising and the region has impressive biodiversity – greenery coupled with rich wildlife. It presents an ideal opportunity for nature and wildlife photographers to capture the raw beauty of Goa. Carry chocolates, dry fruits and water to sustain yourself.