6 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Goa
What word comes to your mind when you think of Goa? Beaches, right. But there is more to Goa than the beautiful beaches or its nightlife. Being part of the Western Ghats, Goa also houses fantastic jungles, sanctuaries and water bodies. In fact, there are many waterfalls in Goa that can change your perspective of this city. So if you’re looking for places to go in
Goa other than beaches, falls near Goa and in the city should be on your checklist for sure.
Let's look at 6 must-visit water falls in Goa that should be on your itinerary when you visit next.
Dudhsagar (Dudh-Sagar), derived from the Hindi word "Dudh" (meaning milk) and "Sagar" (meaning river), gets its name from the milky white stream falling from a height of 310 meters. You can see four big streams finally converging into one big stream with an average width of around 100m. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest waterfalls in the country and a must-visit spot if you're in and around Goa. Located around the borders of Goa and Karnataka, this is situated about 60-70 Kms from Panaji. If you're staying at one of the Club Mahindra Goa Resorts, ask the desk to arrange a Jeep safari. However, you’ll have to trek on foot beyond a certain point to reach the waterfall.
Located in Valopi, about 75 km from Panaji, this is again one of the most beautiful waterfalls in North Goa. This is a great place, especially for nature lovers. It is one of the hidden waterfalls in Goa, and the beauty of this place will mesmerize you. Enjoy a trek of about an hour from the nearby Hivrem village to reach the waterfalls. The best time to visit this waterfall is during the monsoons.
If you’re looking for waterfalls in South Goa, this could be the perfect spot. Deep into the Netravali national park, the place boasts excellent flora and fauna. There is an entry charge for getting into the wildlife sanctuary. Once inside the sanctuary, you have to trek for about a kilometre beyond a point to reach the falls. There are two waterfalls inside the park - Safari and Mainapi. While the trek to Safari is easier, you may find a lesser crowd at Mainapi falls. Needless to say, both of them are equally gorgeous. So, get ready to dip into the cold waters.
If you’re looking for a waterfall that also involves a good trek, testing your stamina and grit, this is the spot for you. Located in Canacona in South Goa, you will have to drive through the Catiago Wildlife Sanctuary to reach the Kuske village.
While the trek is only 1.5 kilometres from here, the rocky and slippery terrain makes it a bit challenging. But it all will be worth it once you reach the falls. The breathtaking view and the chilly water dip will surely refresh you. Watch out for the notorious monkeys as you trek through the forests. The best time to visit this waterfall is during the monsoons.
About a 30-45 minute drive from Panjim, Arvalem waterfall is known for its scenic beauty and pool bed where you can swim and enjoy the fresh water. Believed to be the dwellings of Pandavas as per the Mahabharata, there are many caves to be explored around. The best time to visit the waterfalls is during the monsoons.
If you’re looking for waterfalls near Goa, this is surely a place you don't want to miss. Located in Belgaum, Karnataka, near the Goa border, this waterfall is nestled deep in the jungles of the Western Ghats. With water falling from 300-meter high, the view is mesmerizing. While this place is known for its majestic falls, the trek to it is equally enjoyable. Monsoons are the best time to visit this place but be wary of the insects that thrive during this season.
While there are many more waterfalls in Goa, these should satiate your hunger for refreshing streams. Whether you’re staying at Resorts in Varca by Club Mahindra, Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, or Emerald Palms resort, you can easily arrange a tour to any of these spots by making reservations at the travel desk.