Where: 60 km from Panaji on the Goa-Karnataka Border
Major Attraction: Trekking route
Timings: Morning till evening
While talking about the landscape of Goa, Dudhsagar Falls has to be on the top of the list mainly for its unparalleled experience. Literally meaning ?the flowing cascade of milk?, Dudhsagar Falls are located inside the Mollen National Park around 60 km from Panaji. Divided into four tiers, the falls cascade from the mighty peaks of the Western Ghats giving an illusion heavy rush of milk flowing effortlessly down the hills. The falls are among the highest waterfalls in the country and are among the top hundred highest waterfalls in the whole world. The sight is a pure bliss to the eyes of the beholder and the site is a must visit mainly for the ethereal experience. One can reach the Dudhsagar Falls by jeep or private transport from Panaji or nearby areas, or the more adventurous ones may prefer to reach by trekking or via train that halts for few minutes on the route. The trekking route is one of the most thrilling routes, which starts from Kuveshi village. The nearby places like the Devil?s Canyon, Tambdi Surla Temple and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary are also suggested to be visited along with the Dudhsagar Falls.
Where: Sanquelim, North Goa
Major Attraction: Cool water dip at the base of the falls
Timings: 8am-6pm (Lunch break 1pm-2pm)
Arvalem Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in North Goa located in Sanquelim, about 30km away from the Panjim Kadamba bus stand. Also known as Harvalem Falls, the waterfall is a cascading mass of gushing white water rushing down from a height of 50 meters making a huge pool of water at the base in the size of a big lake. The naturally blissful surroundings add to the attraction of the place which is doubled by the famous Rudreshwar Temple located around half a kilometer from the falls. The Arvalem Caves located near the waterfalls are a collection of rock-cut caves just around 1.5 km away. As per mythology, these caves were once the home to the Pandavas during their exile of 12 years. The main cave is considered as a place of worship with the Shivalinga as the main shrine. The Arvalem Waterfalls is one of the favorite picnic spots of North Goa where locals as well as tourist flock in a large number to catch a glimpse of the nature exhibiting its best. GTDC has developed a park in the location with protective railings so that the visitors can get an even better view of the falls and also a good opportunity to take aesthetic pictures.
Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Where: Chorao Island along the River Mandovi
Major Attraction: Several species of avifauna
Named after the famous ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, the sanctuary is among the most favorite and most visited bird sanctuaries in the country. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary houses an estuarine mangrove habitat ideal for birds of several species to thrive. The sanctuary is established on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the River Mandovi in Goa. One can reach the sanctuary and the island by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorao. Spread across a total area of 440 acres, the sanctuary is covered by low mangrove forest. A huge number of birds belonging to several species have been recorded in the sanctuary ? which can be a major attraction for the wildlife lovers and birdwatchers. The most common species spotted here include the striated heron and western reef heron along with other species like the little bittern, black bittern, red knot, jack snipe and pied avocet. Apart from birds, the sanctuary is also the home to a number of reptiles and insects. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a must visit for all who are into bird-watching, nature-ogling and photography.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: Western Ghats in South Goa
Major Attraction: Largest protected wildlife area housing a variety of flora and fauna
Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is a protected natural habitat located in the Western Ghats of South India in Sanguem taluk. Spread over a huge area of 240 sq km, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush green zone ruled mainly by west-coast semi-evergreen, tropical evergreen and moist deciduous forests. These forests create a natural habitat for a number of species of animals and birds to thrive. It was declared a sanctuary in 1969 and was renamed from the original name Mollem Game Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the home to the Dhangar community and has temples that were built by the Kadamba Dynasty. The most popular Dudhsagar Falls are also located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary making it a complete package for all who love wildlife and nature. A rich variety of flora, fauna and avifauna are found inside the sanctuary offering a realm of rich biodiversity different from the kind you would generally found in other parts of Goa. Be prepared to catch a glimpse of a leopard, gaur, deer or even a wild elephant while exploring the sanctuary. Good news for the trekkers who would be delighted to find several hiking trails that cut through the jungle, immense biodiversity and picturesque views.
Where: Near Vasco Da Gama, Goa
Major Attraction: A perfect sunrise and sunset point
The Japanese Garden in Goa is a famous tourist spot popular for its aesthetic beauty and charming scenery. Located on top of a cliff overlooking the sea, the Japanese Garden is a mesmerizing sunrise and sunset point every tourist must bookmark in their Goa itinerary. The magnificently scenic beauty of the spot is captured in the spot that offers an uninterrupted view of the Arabian Sea and the virgin beach below that can be reached through the narrow winding path leading down the beach. Japanese Garden is one of Vasco?s best-kept secrets nestled strategically only 3-km from the Vasco Railway Station. The region is ornamented naturally with several species of plants, rose bushes and palm trees that frame the garden perfectly for the flawless sunrises and sunsets. A stroll down the walkway across the edge of the cliff is guaranteed to make your refreshed and rejuvenated. A series of steep steps within the walls of the ruins taking you down the sand is among the most refreshing experiences one can notice while visiting the place. If you want to make a day out of it, visit right before sunset???the sight of the sun setting in the horizon over the azure stretch of the undisturbed Arabian Sea is nothing short of spectacular.
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