Goa India daytrips - places to go too and look around.
Day Trips easily done while in Goa going out to see Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Mahadeva Temple, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Sahakari Spice Farm.
Visiting Dudhsagar Waterfalls (Western Goa - Sanguem), Goa, India.
Heading off to visit Dudhsagar Waterfalls is a popular day out for people staying on holiday around the beach resorts of Goa. Hotels organise coach trips out to the waterfalls and this is obviously quite a cheap option however an alternative is to hire a car and driver for the day. This does mean
firstly you can leave when you feel like it, can spend as much time at as you wish looking at things and finally make quite a full day out of it all by visiting other locations more or less on the way. Other places to visit on such a day out can include taking a look at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and visiting Sahakari Spice Farm. One other location not very far from the turn-off to Dudhsagar Waterfalls
which also might be of interest to visit is Mahadeva Temple (see below) which is a 12th century Shiva temple located at Tambdi Surla.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Visiting the very old Mahadeva Temple at Tambdi Surla in Goa, India.
The small Jain-styled Mahadeva Temple is located in a pleasant clearing at Tambdi Surla close to the Western Ghats in Goa and is situated beside a narrow river. If visiting as part of a trip out to the waterfalls then the road to the temple leaves from Mulem at the crossroads there heading north - it's around 14kms away. Dedicated to Lord
Shiva the temple dates back to the 13th century and is still actively used. Of particularl note is that this temple is thought to be the oldest in Goa. It is built of basalt and consists of a garbhagriha (shrine), antarala (anti-chamber) and a pillared Nandi Mandapa (porch). The Mandapa has balustrade entrances on three of its sides and the four pillars are decorated with fine carvings
of elephants which all support the stone ceiling - which is decorated with nicely carved lotus flowers.
Actually this little temple can also be visited if travelling by road from Goa to Hospet or Hampi
as part of a continuation of a tour around this part of India.
Looking round Goa's 130 acre Sahakari Spice Farm in India.
is located on Cashewnut tree covered lush slopes a little way along the Belgaum Ponda Highway at Curti near Ponda. The Spice Farm offers plenty of
information to visitors about the various spices grown there and the uses these species are put too. There are guide-assisted walks around the farm which take about 40 minutes - visitors can also take an elephant ride. Although the Spice Farm covers quite a large area the parts accessible by visitors is quite small i.e. you are not taken out further into the plantation to see the areas
where the spices are actually grown. At the end of the visit there is the opportunity to have something to
eat but this is not exactly a nice Goan meal - just a bit of rice and a few spicy dishes more or less. The entrance fee to the spice farm is a whopping 400 Rupees for non-Indians - this does include the food but even so this is a pretty expensive place to visit for what you get to see and probably not worthwhile. Before leaving you can buy quite a variation of spices although many of these are available in local markets at considerably less cost.
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