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Waterfalls in Goa, India

Water is almost everywhere in Goa. Flanked by the Arabian Sea, Goa is famous all over the world as a prime beach attraction. However, besides the sea, Goa is also known for its other natural gifts. These include the forests, hills, waterfalls and the lakes of Goa. There are many lakes strewn across the state. The lakes are among the prime tourist attractions of Goa. They attract tourists with their calm and natural ambience, along with recreation facilities like boating. Most of the lakes are visited by migratory birds that attract scores of bird watchers. Many of the lakes of Goa have accommodation facilities around them, and tourists can enjoy a few days of solitude among scenic surroundings.
These waterfalls, lakes and springs away from the shores of sea, away from the hustle bustle of the beaches and thundering waves give you that perfect retreat, a perfect picnic spot and refreshing water to make a splash.
The Waterfalls in Goa are described below:
Dudhsagar waterfalls
Dudhsagar waterfalls, Goa India Waterfalls Goa On the eastern border with Karnataka are Goa's the most impressive waterfalls. 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. The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means "The Sea of Milk", derives from clouds of foam kicked up at the bottom when the water levels are at their highest. Overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine 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 60kms. from Panaji and 10kms. from Colem Railway Station.
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.
The old Vasco Castle Rock Railway actually passes over the falls on an old stone viaduct, but has been closed for the past three years while track conversion work is carried out.
The best time to visit Dudhsagar is immediately after the monsoons, from October until mid-December, although the falls flow well into April
By Rail
Take a train to the quaint Dudhsagar railway station, and then walk on the path that takes one to the viewing point of the falls overlooking the nicest pool made by them.
By Road
The only way to get over the waterfall site is by four-wheel drive jeep from the railway junction village of Colem.
The road to this mighty fall is inaccessible during the monsoon season .The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) runs tours to Dudhsagar on Saturday and Sunday from Panaji and Calangute. You could also take a train to Dudhsagar from Madgaon (Margao) and get there in an hour and half. However during summer, when the level of the water is low, you can hire a Jeep and access the foot of the falls from either Molem or Collem.
Arvalem Waterfalls
Arvalem waterfalls, Goa India Waterfalls Goa This waterfall, which cascades down from the mountains, from a height of 50 meters, is one of the most awe-amazing spots and moreover best viewed after the monsoons. This charming waterfall is a mind-blowing experience. The Rock cut caves are just situated nearby. The Government has also developed a park from which the view of the waterfall can be peacefully relished. The ancient caves in the vicinity adds a touch of antiquity to this picturesque place, which finds a major attraction for the film makers as a favourite shooting spot. Situated in Sanquelim. There are Buddhist cave temples here which were later converted for worship to Shiva. The water falls are formed at the end of a small gorge and are worth viewing especially during the monsoons. A mini power plant was installed, but has since stop functioning. 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 death.
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 death.
While leaving the temple of Rudreshwar, one can descend the staircase to look at a majestic waterfall shedding its exuberant silvery showers. The beautiful Arvalem fall, with a head of about 24 feet high, forms a sizeable lake at the bottom, which offers a sizeable temptation to seasoned swimmers.
The best time to visit this site is just after the copious monsoon when it presents a rapturous, ravishing and riotous aspect. The ancient caves in the vicinity adds a touch of antiquity to this picturesque place, which finds a major attraction for the film makers as a favourite shooting spot.
Nine kilometers south of Bicholim town, as you come out of the Rudreshwar temple, descend down the stairs and a twenty four feet high waterfall will welcome your sight. Arvalem waterfall forms a huge lake at the bottom. One can either take a swim or if you want to explore a bit, the place has Arvalem caves. The waterfall, is fully rapturous after the monsoon. The government has also made a park here from where one can enjoy the scenic beauty.
Benign Nature has generously bestowed Goa with breath-taking natutal beauty.Apart from the awe-inspiring and strikingly beautiful beaches, Goa also boosts gifted of its lakes, waterfalls and springs of unmatched beauty.
In the vicinity of this picturesque site is the 5th century Rock Cut caves called the "Aravalem Caves" also known as the Pandava caves, named after the 5 Pandava brothers of the epic "Mahabharata". The Shree Rudreshwar Temple is also located in the same place it and is a site of an annual Shivratri Zatra.
Approach
There are a number of buses that run from Mapusa and Panaji to Aravalem. The nearest interstate bus station is at Mapusa, the KTC bus station.
Accommodations
There are a number of nearby accommodations, none however located at Arvalem itself.