Goa Netravali Forest Trek

The Real Taste of Goa

TREK DIFFICULTY

Easy-Moderate

TREK DURATION

3 days

AGE LIMIT

8 to 62 years

PICK UP POINT

Margao

The Real Taste of Goa

When one utters the word "Goa," the mind invariably conjures images of sun-kissed beaches or, for the more discerning, the forts that stand guard along the coastline. 

Yet, in Goa, a network of stunningly beautiful treks shows us the real beauty of Goa.

They take you to parts of Goa that only some know about. In these parts, there are jungles, secluded villages, and ancient ruins. 

At Indiahikes, we love these treks. One of them is the new Goa Netravali Forest Trek. It combines the best of the beaches and the jungles and shows us the Goa few know about.

Imagine us camping on a beach, the sound of waves near tents, and a sunset casting a romantic glow. 

This trek is in official partnership with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

The following day, our trail takes us to an extraordinary sight of the palm-lined shoreline and the azure ocean from the Cabo de Rama hilltop.

The trek, though, starts in the more interior part of the state, at the lush green Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Walking through this green sanctuary is like entering a botanical wonderland where flora and fauna coexist. There is an infinite variety of birdsong and forest sounds. They stay with us all along the trek. 

The forest trek is a visual delight. For example, on the way, we rest beside a cascading waterfall, the waters of which form a clear pool. Not too deep, but enough to allow us to dip our feet to our knees in a cool embrace. 

Later, we pass through secluded villages where modernity hasn’t had much of an impact. This is the real Goa. We witness their culture and heritage closely. 

In the evening, we get to our camp on the Cabo de Rama beach—a secluded small bay surrounded by palm fronds. We watch the sun go down and take a dip in the water without any tourist crowds.

The next day, before returning to Margao, once we finish our trek, we soak in the mediaeval fort of Cabo de Rama that Shivaji built in 1679. The cannons and the bastions are still in place. From the vantage point of the fort, the Arabian Sea's boundless blue waters stare at us. 

The true essence of Goa is woven into this beautiful trek of beaches, forts, forests, villages, and history. It is a trek that will delight the trekker in you.

When one utters the word "Goa," the mind invariably conjures images of sun-kissed beaches or, for the more discerning, the forts that stand guard along the coastline. 

Yet, in Goa, a network of stunningly beautiful treks shows us the real beauty of Goa.

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Goa Netravali Forest Trek - Complete Trek Information

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on any trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a surface level experience.

Use this section to learn about the Goa Netravali Forest Trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into putting down this content for you. Don’t miss the ‘Frequently Asked Questions' section.

Expert Speak

Suhas Saya

Head, DIY Team

Suhas Saya

Head, DIY Team

Suhas is the head of the DIY and Documentation Team. He has been working at Indiahikes for the past 8 years. Nature, adventure, and wildlife are the top things that get his heart racing. He has done more than 14 Himalayan treks. Along with that, he has done explorations in the Himalayas, the Western Ghats, and around Bengaluru. And it was he who explored the grand Phulara Ridge trek. Suhas was also involved in the exploration of other treks like Ranthank Kharak, Pir Panjal Lakes, Vellore Amirthi Forest Trek and the Goa Netravali Forest Trek.

Highlights of the Goa Netravali Forest Trek

Suhas Saya

Head, DIY Team

Suhas is the head of the DIY and Documentation Team. He has been working at Indiahikes for the past 8 years. Nature, adventure, and wildlife are the top things that get his heart racing. He has done more than 14 Himalayan treks. Along with that, he has done explorations in the Himalayas, the Western Ghats, and around Bengaluru. And it was he who explored the grand Phulara Ridge trek. Suhas was also involved in the exploration of other treks like Ranthank Kharak, Pir Panjal Lakes, Vellore Amirthi Forest Trek and the Goa Netravali Forest Trek.

1. The Forest Walk in the Heart of Netravali Sanctuary

One of the big highlights of this trek is the opportunity to walk through the heart of the Netravali Sanctuary. On the eastern side, it is bounded by Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, and on the northern side, by Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

The first day involves a stay in the Netravali Sanctuary. You are woken up by the melodious dawn chorus of birds living in the forest. As the sun rises and the rays of light pass through the trees, you are transported to a scene from a movie.

Hidden inside the sanctuary, you visit the Mainapi waterfalls. The charming waterfalls and the experience of witnessing this, will take you to a world that you wouldn’t have thought of when starting in the forest.

The trek also takes you through some of the most quaint villages, Tudou and Verlem, which are nestled in this southern part of Goa. Here, you get to trek and travel to the remotest hamlets, where the basics are enough for people to survive.

Trekking in the forests of Netravali. Picture by Suhas Saya

2. The Stunning View from Cabo De Rama Top

What stands out as another big highlight of this trek is the view that you see from the top of the Cabo De Rama cliff point. It almost makes you question if you are truly in India and getting to see something like this!

The trek takes you through a nice mud trail. It has sections of grassland, a rocky plateau, and then a cliff with the ocean spread across the horizon. This is definitely a sight to witness! 

The splash and contrast in the hues of blue, green, and brown is an experience worth going for.

View from Cabo De Rama Top. Picture by Nithyam Nachappa

3. Camping on the beach of Cabo De Rama

It is always a dream for a trekker to be able to camp on a beach. To be able to witness a sunset, watch the sun go down or go play in the waters. The calming sounds of the waves crashing on the beach shore and you getting a moment to reflect is a soothing experience.

Usually, when one opens a tent, trekkers at Indiahikes are used to having the view of snow-clad mountains in our mighty Himalayas. However, on this trek, when you open the flap of your tent, you get to an equally powerful force - the beauty of the ocean. 

The experience of being able to do all these on the Goa Netravali Forest Trek is again something we are excited for trekkers to be part of.

The calming experience of camping on the beach. Picture by Suhas Saya

5 Reasons Why Indiahikes

We are India’s safest trekking organisation

When we brought out new trails in Indian trekking, safety came with us. Back in 2012, we were the first to introduce microspikes, and two years later, pulse oximeters became standard thanks to us. Nobody does safe treks like Indiahikes. In the mountains, emergencies don't care who you're with – everyone knows that when trouble hits, you look for the yellow tents of Indiahikes.

We are pioneers of treks in India

We are pioneers in trekking. Since 2007, we have brought out treks that have become India's most famous treks: Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, Kedarkantha, Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar, Brahmatal, Phulara Ridge—the list goes on. In 2023 alone, we brought out five new treks in Indian trekking. We know treks better than anyone. This comes directly from the reason why Indiahikes was born: to bring out trek information and enable trekkers to trek on their own.

We are India’s largest trekking organisation

More than 25,000 people trek with us every year. We are the largest trekking organisation in India. 24% of our trekkers come back to trek with us every year. Over 4,000 students from the top educational institutions trek with us every year. Aside from this, families with children choose to trek with Indiahikes knowing that our treks are the safest. We have taken over 8000 children trekking so far, and the number continues to grow.

Our treks are transformative

We focus on designing transformative experiences. Our trek leaders conduct thought-provoking exercises that help you reflect and contemplate. This impact stays with you for a long time. Trekkers return feeling energised, more confident, or developing abilities to deal with difficulties. Many have changed careers, rethought their core values, become more humble, shown gratitude to others, or started a new fitness journey.

We are India's most sustainable trekking organisation

Since 2012, we have pioneered sustainable practices that have become standard in trekking. Using eco-bags, our trekkers have cleared over 120 tonnes of litter from the mountains. We do not carry packaged foods; instead, we serve freshly made food. We do not light campfires; we carry coal to light angethis to keep you warm. Our bio-toilets not only keep our toilets odour-free but also enrich the soil. When you trek with us, you leave mountains better.