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Waterfalls, Lakes and Dams

Arvalem Waterfalls
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.

Dudsagar Waterfall
On the border of Karnataka and Goa, the Dudhsagar Falls drop to a spectacular 600m. Believed to be amongst the highest falls in the country, these magnificent falls are located in a blissful tropical jungle with crisscrossing streams.

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.

The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means "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 set amid breath taking scenery that is only accessible on foot or by jeep. 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 falls drop down to form a few pools, which are absolutely delightful for a swim. Take care to ensure that the pool one is going into is relatively calm. The sure-footed adventurers could try and climb up to the head of the falls through bushes, boulders and water. It's a tough climb, which takes at least a couple of hours, but the mind-blowing view from the top is well worth the effort.

The best time to visit Dudhsagar is immediately after the monsoons, from October until mid-December, although the falls flow well into April

Kesarval Springs
Situated 22-km from Panaji on Verna plateau just off the Panaji -Margao highway, the spring emerges from hard compact rocks and people bathe in its water with strong belief that it has medicinal properties.

Carambolin Lake

Just east of Old Goa, the lily-covered Carambolin Lake has an enormous amount of waterfowl, many Egrets and Heron, Bronze-Winged, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana and thousands of exotic species such as Comb Duck and Cotton Pygmy-Goose.
Adding to the charm of the quiet village of Carambolim is the scenic reservoir fringed by lush greenery. Migratory birds seek this verdant landscape every year to frolic in the natural splendor till the end of the season. The cacophony of 80 different varieties of birds is unbelievable, tending to their young in the mixed heronries on the aquatic vegetation. Jacanas with their iridescent colours and the spectacular purple moorhens can be seen delicately treading over the floating vegetation

Mayem Lake

The picturesque Mayem Lake just 35 kms from Panaji, encircled by rolling lush green hills, is an ideal picnic spot with paddle boating facilities. In fact, those interested in experiencing a bit of rural Goa can stay in Mayem Lake View cottages, hidden in the wooded slopes overlooking a calm spread of water. The Main attraction is the scenic surroundings & boating.

Netravalli Lake

This lake in Sanguem Taluka has unique characteristics; there are continuous bubbles emerging on the lake surface, and upon clapping the intensity of the bubbles grow, with live springs, which suddenly glushes out in full spectacle.

Salualim dam

The monochromatic landscape, its silent, serene splendour beckons the travelor to relax secured in the secluded warmth of nature. A quaint picnic spot ideal for a languorous break is an exhilarating experience. Driving to the places with your own vehicle will be always an exhilarating and memorable experience.

It is strongly recommend having one’s transport or a hired vehicle throughout the day to avoid problems & wastage of time.

Cumbarjua Canal

15 km. stretch of water, Link Zuari with Mandovi River, a vibrant mangrove habitat, home for fresh water or marsh crocodile and migratory birds. Boat cruise packages are being thoughtfully designed by enthusiastic people to give visitors most memorable experience. The enchanting journey will take through the river to the picturesque backwaters.

Satpal Arboretum

Established in 1972, is about 3 kms from Mollem. A number of research plots have been laid here. The Arboretum is ideally suited to meet the requirement of students for their field studies.

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