Everyone knows the popular beaches that drive tourists from all over the world to Goa; Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Calangute are the beaches with nightlife that make it so popular. But Goa has a lot more to offer.

OYO compiles its picks of seven unexplored, beautiful beaches in Goa. This is the perfect time to visit, too, as you’d find every bit of the small state to be lit up in bright and beautiful colours right now.

Agonda

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This beach is next to one of Goas most populous villages; Agonda. It’s largely non-commercial and, thus, has a distraction-free environment. A quiet and clean beach, this one is so peaceful that it seems surreal. St. Annes Church is right next to the beach, too, and is a perfectly-maintained tourist spot in case you choose to head here.

It’s also one of the four nesting sites for Olive Ridley turtles, which can only be found during the month of September.

Where: Book OYOs near Agonda Beach here.

Arossim

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It’s one of the most remote beaches of Goa and cannot be found so easily, but that’s what makes the entire experience worth it. If you want some time to yourself, this one is a must visit. The beach gently slopes into the sea, making it a great spot for a swim. With white sands, a clean and spotless coast and warm surf, Arossim is nothing short of heaven.

Where: Book OYOs near Arossim Beach here.

Ashwem

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It’s one part of the twin beaches, Ashwem Morjim {the other one is quite uncharted, too}, and has a vast and expansive terrain that seems to go on forever. It’s perfect for a peaceful leisure time, if you’re into lying down, relaxing and sunbathing. The drive along the beach is perfectly calm, green and scenic, too. You could find locals catching crabs along the rocky parts of the shore, which is an interesting activity to observe.

Where: Book OYOs near Ashwem Beach here.

Betalbatim

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Close to Colva beach in South Goa, this is a relatively unexplored place. It’s clean and pristine, owing to the fact that it’s less commercial than the others. The beach has very few resorts and is largely secluded from the hustle-bustle. There is a small tributary that opens up right on the beach, making it a unique place that needs to be seen.

We would recommend that you take a stroll from the main road along the sandy narrow path {surrounded by coconut and palm trees} to appreciate the complete beauty of this place.

Where: Book OYOs near Betalbatim Beach here.

Cola

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Cola beach is nothing short of paradise, with a lagoon on one side and a beautiful beach on the other. According to us, it’s one of the most untouched places in Goa. It’s calm and peaceful, and you can stay here for hours without ever being disturbed.

Where: Book OYOs near Cola Beach here.

Mandrem

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The beach has areas of sparkling white sand along a flat surface, and is one of the most serene beaches Goa has to offer. Right next to the beach is a lake which has a wooden bridge across it. Surrounded by palm trees, it’s not only beautiful and scenic, but also a peaceful and spiritual spot you must check out.

Where: Book OYOs near Mandrem Beach here.

Small Vagator

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North of Anjuna and south of Vagator, this beach is as secluded as it is unexplored, and can be easily reached by walking down a steep hill. The beach is comparatively less crowded than the other beaches that surround it, and is, thus, more enjoyable. There’s also a skillfully carved Shiva statue transformed out of rock on the beach; one of those sights you shouldn’t miss out on for anything.

Where: Book OYOs near Small Vagator Beach here.

Photos: Travel Ninjas @ OYO