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Places to Visit in Goa

Amthane dam is one of the beautiful places around Goa that is still quiet and peaceful away from the other tourist hotspots. Amthane dam is not the most popular tourist destination in Goa therefore the virgin beauty of the place still remains unaffected. The Amthane dam is located twenty kilometers away from Mapusa. Many tourists visit Mapusa because of the church of St. Jerome, it is a must see for those who want to view old Goa. The market at Mapusa is also very popular among tourists. Those who are tired of the hustle bustle of the Mapusa market can relax with a long drive to Amthane dam. Amthane dam is the perfect place to relax. One can leave Amthane dam and come back to their hotel in Goa later in the evening.

Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world therefore most places are usually bustling with people. One can usually meet a variety of people from different locations in Goa and have loads of fun. Goa is also considered the ultimate party destination in India but one has had enough of the activities and experiences that most tourist spots in Goa have to offer they can head towards Amthane dam and rejuvenate in the tranquility of the place before hitting the party scene again in Goa.

Amthane dam is close to another popular tourist destination, Bicholim. Bicholim is very popular for its waterfalls as well as the Mayem Lake. While one can go to Amthane dam via Bicholim another convenient route would be through the left side of the Assonora Bridge. The best route for a person depends on the location of their hotel Goa.

Most hotels in Goa will be able to give you directions to go to Amthane dam and recommend the best possible route to reach the place. Amthane dam is the perfect place for eco-tourists as the place is yet to be explored by people and because there is an eco resort close to Amthane dam in Sal that can provide you with accommodation as well as food. Therefore, you can stay at any of the other hotels in Goa for a while and then spend a day at Amthane dam and if one should wish to enjoy the tranquility for a longer period of time then one can always check into a nearby hotel Goa.

Once a sleepy fishing village called Harmal, Arambol Beach has become the newest hippie haven for Goa’s “freaks”. They’re joined by a number of more normal looking visitors, who’re also attracted to the laidback environment and live music scene there.

The popularity of Arambol as a beach destination is growing every year, but so far, it still retains an uncommercialised feel. Local pressure has ensured there are no resorts or classy hotels at Arambol. Just basic guesthouses, most of similar standard, and huts on the beach. The usual assortment of shacks, and textile and jewellery shops, complete the picture. The season was drawing to a close when we were there, and by all reports, it had been a bumper one with many guesthouses full for the duration.

The rock cut Arvalem caves are one of the ancient monuments in Goa. Steeped in mythological tales, these are also known as the 'Pandavas Caves.' Legend has it that the Pandavas, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, sought refuge in the Arvalem caves during their exile. Archeologists have traced the origins of these caves to the 5th or 6th century A.D.

Opinions are ambivalent regarding the architecture of the Arvalem caves. Popular belief that the that the Arvalem cave complex has been carved by the traveling Buddhist monks holds credence since these caves are built along the lines of Buddhist caves, rock cut into laterite stone, with the sanctuary at the northern end and the vihara at the southern end.

There are five compartments in the cave complex and the middle compartment enshrines the 'linga' held in great reverence by devotees. The shafts of the four carved lingas inside the cave resemble to those found at the famous Elephanta and Ellora caves. The Shivalinga in the second cave is engraved with an inscription written in Sanskrit and Brahmi characters of the 7th century.

Goa is a land of the most gorgeous waterways and mountains. The Arvalem Waterfalls, in Goa is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfall in Goa and attracts travellers and revellers around the clock. It is the second waterfall in Goa after the Dudhsagar that lies on the Karnataka and Goa border. The Arvalem Waterfall, Goa is virtually 20 four feet high. A myth declares that the force in which the water gushes down from an elevation is same to the Lord Rudra Deva's avatar.

One of the busiest tourist sites, this waterfall is found about nine kilometres from the Bicholim town. The most interesting aspect of this waterfall is the Rudreshwar temple which is located close to the waterfalls. The Aravelem Waterfalls in Goa are found right adjacent this temple and as one walks out of the temple and climbs down its stairs. The water body provides a full view to those desiring to observe eye catching beauty.

Like any other waterfall the best time to truly scenery this waterfall in full swing is in the monsoons. During monsoons, the water gushes down with full momentum giving the waterfalls a scintillating look. For one who wants to explore the Arvalem waterfalls, they can proceed to visit the Aravelem caves found nearby. These rock-cut caves date back to the 5th century. They are also famous as the "Pandava caves" after the five Pandava brothers. To reach the Arvalem waterfalls, you can hire omnibuses from Mapusa that will take you right away to the Sanquelim village. From there you can avail motorbikes or taxis to arrive at the waterfall.

Situated next to the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Boca de Vaca spring is one of the two springs that exist in Panaji Goa. The appearance of this Portuguese - built structure that remains aglow with soft decorative light in the evening gives it a name 'Boca De Vaca' literally meaning 'the face of the cow'. The floor of the well-lit tunnel inside is made of transparent glass and one can see the spring water flowing under your feet. Background Music is also there.Earlier the Boca de Vaca spring was known to be a major source of supply of water to the city. However even today the people of Panaji queue up here with buckets to use the water, as it is known to have medicinal properties. It is also used for drinking by the people of Panjim.

This island is located in North Goa about 35 kms from the airport, 10 kms from ‘Panjim’ the capital city and about 20 kms from the popular beaches and tourist locations of North Goa. The island is about 25 sq. kms in size and consists of 30 quaint villages having a population of about 20,000 people. Recently, it is connected to the mainland on the Northern side by a small bridge over a rivulet. Getting to the island is quick and easy, since it is readily accessible by short ferry crossings at two points on the island. The sun kissed and picturesque island of Chorao is encircled by rivers and has abundant mangroves along the banks. It is home to the famous Dr. Salim Ali’s bird sanctuary and has unique nature trails and wetland ponds featuring an array of bird life. It is a verdant paradise for nature lovers. This beautiful, scenic and unspoiled island is a gateway to the ultimate escape, far away from the maddening crowds where one can soak in the true tradition of Goan village life and experience the soothing sounds of nature.

Chorao Island Resort is the only holiday complex on the island and has no other hotels. It is a gated complex with 24 hours security comprising of around privately owned cottages/residences and holiday rental accommodations, on a land area of about 5 acres thereby allowing for ample open spaces and has lush greenery and a gracious plantation style landscaping. The complex has its own swimming pool . It is a distant and fascinating home and allows one to choose ones’ own pleasures and space. Once you enter the complex you experience it to be a quiet paradise where tranquility reigns.

It is a perfect place to do everything…. Do nothing….. Do anything you like….. allow whim to take precedence over everything else and when desire dictates, you may get out of the island by a short ferry crossing and visit the popular beaches and tourist areas and return home to serenity.

A stunning and charming building, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is located in Old Goa at a distance of some 10 kilometers from the capital city, Panaji. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is at the same complex in which Se Cathedral is located. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi of Goa was built during 1517-1521 AD. St. Francis of Assissi Church of India has now been turned into a museum. An interesting fact about the church is that the architectural style of the church has a mix of Christian and Hindu elements.

In 1521, the church was consecrated to the Holy Spirit but was demolished after some time. The church that is present here today was built in 1661. The entrance hall of the earlier church remained as it is. When the new church was built, there was also an educational institution within the church. However the institution was closed down by the Portuguese government sometime around 1835. In 1964, the Indian government converted the St. Francis of Assisi Church into a museum. Ancient relics and old paintings are now displayed here.

The design and construction of the church is very intricate and much attention has been given to the details. Though in size, it is much smaller than Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the carvings and decoration is as striking as in those churches. The church is painted generously and the altars are carved beautifully. The interiors of the church are decorated with depictions from the Bible whereas the walls are carved with floral designs. The paintings in the church have a very distinctive Indian feel. There is a statue of St. Michael right at the entrance of the church. The congregation hall is heavily decorated with carvings and one finds two large statues of Jesus Christ and St. Francis of Assisi.

Cabo is the Portuguese word for cape. With the Indian Ocean in the west, the Bay of the river Mandovi , Fort Aguada and busy port of Marmugoa on the North, Cabo Fort is set in a panoramic view of Goa. It was built in 1540 A.D. Located on the south headland of the river Mandovi, the Cabo Palace fortress houses the Franciscan monastery which in1594 A.D became the official residence of the Governor of Goa.

The beauty of the Cape lies in its solitude. A chapel was built at the end of the mansion dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Cabo, the virgin lady of the cape.

The Raj Niwas The Cabo Palace is now known as the Raj Bahavan, the official residence of the Governors of the States In India. The Darbar Hall, is the official reception area used for the swearing ceremonies and other official occasions. The official reception area consists area consists of a large hall called the Darbar Hall, used at the time of receptions and swearing in ceremonies and other official occasions. The Dining room has a seating capacity of over 30 persons. There are three suites and seven double rooms for guests. The offices of the Governor, his secretariat and staff are located on the ground floor in a separate annex.

The Carambolim Lake in Goa is a very popular birding site that is home to several bird species. The lake was mainly built to aid irrigation to the nearby fields. It is a man made freshwater lake that is situated in a village called Carambolim which is also known as Kormbolle or Karmali. This village falls first on the way from Velha Goa. Carambolim is a rustic village that has lots of lush green paddy fields, beautiful surroundings and agrarian population.

The lake supports a wide variety of herbivorous birds because of its rich ecology. At the Carambolim Lake you can find a lot of migratory bird species and water bird species. Some of the popular bird species that can be spotted here are Pintal, Purple Moorhen, Red-rumped Swallow, Lesser Whistling Teal, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Bronzewinged Jacana, Pond Heron, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Coot, Waterfowls, Open-billed storks, Shovelers and Garganeys.

The Carambolim Lake is located about 14 km from Panaji and 2 km south-east of old Goa. It is situated very near to the Karmali Railway Station. One can easily walk to the lake from this station. The Karmali Railway Station which is the third most important railway stations of the Konkan Railway Stations in Goa.

Carambolim Lake has so much to offer to bird enthusiast. Every year lots of tourists, especially foreigners come to visit this lake in order to spot various bird species. It also gives a great opportunity for nature photographers.

The Dudhsagar waterfalls are located in the Sanguem district of Goa near the Goa-Karnataka border. It is located at a distance of around 60 kilometers from Margao and can be reached easily by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from either Margao or Panaji. Dudhsagar waterfalls of Goa have the distinction of being ranked as the fifth highest waterfall in India and they list in the Top 100 highest waterfalls in the world.

The Dudh Sagar waterfalls have a milky white appearance which is why it is named as Dudhsagar which literally means "Ocean of Milk". The Dudhsagar waterfalls plunge down from a staggering height of 2000 feet. The waterfall is located amongst lush green surroundings of the forests of Western Ghats which is what makes it even more scenic and beautiful. During monsoons the Dudhsagar waterfall becomes very lively and attracts tourists in hordes.

Many tourists who visit Dudh Sagar prefer swimming in the calm waters. It is quite safe to swim there provided one is careful enough. The Dudhsagar waterfalls provide a breathtaking view from the top and they look scintillating during the crack of dawn. Those who love adventure and thrill can always try to climb to the head of the waterfalls though the rough path full of rocks, vegetation and water. It may take a couple of hours but it will definitely be worth it! So if you want to spend an entire day in serenity, come to Dudhsagar waterfalls of Goa.

Location: Sanguem district in Goa, near the Karnataka border

Highlights: Listed as one of the highest waterfalls in the world and India's fifth highest waterfall

The Goa State Museum is situated in Panjim, Goa worth visiting for its displays. There are 8,000 artifacts on display for all, and includes wooden objects, stone sculptures, paintings, carvings, manuscripts, bronzes, anthropological objects, rare coins and numismatic collections. This museum is popular for its vast collection of Jain and Hindu artifacts and scriptures. The museum modern complex is home to 12 galleries. Of many exhibits and displays, the most remarkable ones are the clay models showing different professions.

There are guided tours provided to all here by the staff of the museum. Relevant details and references are offered to the visitors. What’s more, photographs of the exhibits are offered to the students and scholars for their academic purposes. There is an audio visual unit here, where one can view the screening of the archeological and historical documentaries, organized for school students, by prior appointment.


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