Goa might be best known for its beaches and colonial architecture, but travelers looking to reconnect with nature will find ample opportunity, thanks to the area's waters, rainforest, and backwater canals.
Flowing through the backcountry, Cambarjua Canal serves as a critical source of life, not only for the people living along its banks, but for the diverse local wildlife too. Hop aboard a boat for the chance to spot marsh crocodiles and migratory birds among the mangroves.
Goa's Mollem National Park is most famous for Dudhsagar Falls, but it also serves as a wildlife sanctuary where several species of snakes, butterflies, and birds reside. You might get lucky and spot a barking deer, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, or wild boar on one of the numerous trekking trails. Many travelers opt for Jeep safaris through the park, or grab an up-close look at the jungle canopy on the zipline course.
The Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Goa, is home to its own range of colorful wildlife. Playful dolphins and colorful kingfishers can often be spotted near Fort Aguada, while the waters of South Goa provide a habitat for technicolor coral and reef fish. Head out for a dolphin-spotting cruise, embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion, or book a snorkeling adventure near Monkey Island.