There are quite a few picturesque lakes, springs and waterfalls gifted by Mother Nature, in the interior regions of Goa, away from the coast. A very calm and soothing getaways from the crowds.
Goa has some more things to offer. It is 35 km. from Panaji, this
artificial lake surrounded amidst rolling green hills is an ideal picnic
spot. In fact those interested in experiencing a bit of the rural Goa, the
village can revel in the experience here in Mayem. Rural Goa is verdant more
so than the bustling city of Panaji or Mapusa or even Margoa.
People visit places like Mayem Lake: a calm spread of water with geese and
pedal boats, cottages hidden in the wooded slopes. If you visit Goa, one
must visit Mayem, too. Good cottages are available for accomodation. Boating
is also available .
The Lily-covered Carambolin Lake has enormous amount of waterfowl, many
egrets and heron, bronze-winged and pheasant-tailed Jacana and thousands of
exotic species such as Comb Duck and Cotton Pygmy-goose can be seen. Close
to Carambolim is the Ciba-Geigy Chemical-Works which has created a pleasant
nature reserve. Here you may sight Open-billed storks, Purple and Grey
Heron, Little Cormorant and Marsh Harriers.
The most impressive waterfalls of Goa lie on its eastern border with
Karnataka. Measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot, the famous waterfalls
at Dudhsagar, on the Goa-Karnataka border, are some of the highest in India,
and a spectacular enough sight to entice a steady stream of visitors from
the coast into the rugged Western Ghats. After pouring across the Deccan
plateau, the headwaters of the Mandovi River form a foaming torrent that
fans into three streams, then cascades down a near-vertical cliff face into
a deep green pool. Water plummets hundreds of feet in large volume, in
cascades, forming one of the most spectacular of all natural phenomena in
Goa and a lifeline of our ecosystem in one of our sanctuaries.
Overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with
beautiful tropical forest. Dudhsagar is also set amid breathtaking scenery
that is only accessible on foot or by train. It is a popular destination to
hikers and trekkers and moreover, its distance of 60 km from Panaji and 10
km from Colem Railway Station.
Arvalem Waterfalls cascades down from the mountains, from a height of 50
mt, this waterfall is a amazing experience. The spot can be best viewed
after the monsoons. The Government has also developed a park from which the
view of the waterfall can be seen peacefully.
The Rock cut caves is just situated nearby. Situated in Sanquelim. There is
Buddhist cave temples here that were later converted for worship to Shiva.
The waterfalls are formed at the end of a small gorge and are worth viewing
especially during the monsoons. Near the waterfall, is the temple of Sri
Rudreshwar and this site is important for the religious function to appease
the souls of the departed Hindu religion followers on the 12th day of the
Kesarval Spring is 22 km away from Panaji on Verna plateau just off the
Panaji-Margao highway, the spring emerges from hard and compact rocks and
people bathe in its water with strong belief that it has medicinal
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