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Dudhsagar Waterfall

It is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The exhuberent and spectacular waterfall is located in the Sanguem taluka.

Measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot, this waterfall on the Goa-Karnataka border, attracts 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 splits into three streams to cascade 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 milky foam which rises up at the bottom of the falls. Dudhsagar is set amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley pristine tropical forest, that is only accessible on foot or by train.

Like most places in Goa, the Dudhsagar waterfall too has a legend attached to its name. The legend tells the story of this powerful and wealthy king who ruled a kingdom in the Western Ghats. His lavish and opulent palace in the hills was surrounded by vast gardens which were full of deers and gazelles.

The King had a beautiful daughter, who used to enjoy taking a bath during the hot summers, in the picturesque lake near the forest on the edge of the King's palace grounds. It was her habit to finish her bath and have a jugful of sugared milk in a jug made of pure gold.

One day when she was finishing her usual jug of milk she found herself being watched by a handsome prince standing amongst the trees. Embarassed by her inadequate bathing attire, the resourceful Princess poured the sugared milk in front of her to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while one of the maids rushed to cover her with a dress.

Thus was the legend born. The sugared milk (dudh) poured down the mountainside and continued to flow in torrents as a tribute to the everlasting virtue and modesty of the Princess of the Ghats. The Dudh Sagar (Sea of Milk) continues to flow to this day and attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most popular and famous tourist spots in the state of Goa.

A number of private operators offer special trips to the Waterfalls and the tours operated by GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Corpn) also have Dudhsagar Waterfalls as one of the tour stops.

The falls can also be reached by a train journey from Vasco or Margao. At Collem, in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary near Mollem, there is a railway station where the train stops to pick up passengers for the journey to the waterfalls. There are two trains a day that stop at Dudhsagar Station and it's possible to catch a morning train up and spend several hours at the falls before taking an afternoon train back.

Near the top of the falls, the railway line from Vasco to Londa crosses the mountainside, with excellent views from the train. There also a couple of pools that you can swim in, making Dudhsagar a great place for a day full of fun and frolic. The alternate way of reaching the falls is only advisable between January and May, when the level of the water in the rivers abates enough to permit jeeps to approach the base of the falls.

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Polem Beach

Goa’s southernmost beach, ranged along a beautiful small bay, is seldom-visited but makes a fine spot for a seaside stroll or a picnic on the deserted sands, with a beautiful view of a cluster of rocky islands out towards the horizon. Tourist development hasn’t yet made it as far as Polem, and the beach retains a decidedly local feel, with a handful of fishermen bringing in their catch to the northern end and nothing much else to keep you company except scuttling crabs and circling seabirds.

Polem Beach is the southernmost beach in Goa. It is the last beach in the Canacona district before hitting the coastal town of Karwar in Karnataka. This beach is about 700 metres long and is another very serene, uncrowded beach that does not receive much tourist traffic. The shore is lined with palm trees that makes the beach a very beautiful sight untouched by commercialisation and the like. Also seen are clusters of rocky islands in the horizon.

The two things you can enjoy thoroughly is swimming in the beautiful, clean and warm waters of this beach and sunbathing on what is possibly one of the most cleanest beaches in Goa.

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Colomb Beach

Colomb Beach (or as it is also called Colom Beach) is located in a small horseshoe-shaped bay between the Palolem and Patnem Beaches. This is one of the most remote beaches of South Goa. This place is very suitable for those who prefer to spend their holidays quietly and solitarily and for those who are fond of privacy and comfort of small spaces.

The Beach is covered with sand of a rich golden color with some splashes of black stones, most of which are places in the water. From three sides the beach is surrounded with rock formations of different peculiar shapes and sparse vegetation. The landscape is complement with several tall palm trees. The entrance into the Arabian Sea is slow, stage-by-stage; the water near the shore is shallow, there are almost no undercurrents.

One of the most interesting Colomb Beach sightseeing is a special unique rock called Pandava's drum. Pandavas are Indian epic heroes, two brothers-warriors. If you throw a stone into the rock and hit a certain place, you can hear the sound very similar to the sound of the drum.

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Cabo de Rama

Cabo de Rama, also known as Cab de Ram beach by the locals is a beautiful beach located in south Goa. The waters here have a pristine greenish blue hue. To the north of the beach lies a small river that is shallow enough for one to wade across. The beach is located at a distance of 28 kms. from Margao. Groves of palm trees line up the shoreline a short distance from the waves. The palm trees offers good shade to picnickers. Consequently this beach is a favorite for school and family picnics. It is relatively safe to swim here but still you must be very careful because it is possible to stumble into sharp reefs or get into strong currents.

The beach is fairly secluded owning to its distance from major towns and cities and is not particularly crowded. Behind the beach is a steep cliff having rocky flat top. A set of crude steps lead down to the beach. On the left side of the beach a little into the sea is a boulder with a single tree atop it. This boulder can be reached sometimes when the tide is particularly low. There are no shacks or restaurants at this beach.

Overlooking the beach to it's south is the Portuguese Cabo de Rama Fort. From the fort, one can see the Cabo de Rama beach and the Arabian sea. The view from the ramparts of the fort is truly breathtaking!

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Fatrade

Fatrade Beach forms of part of the Varca beach and is known as Fatrade beach because of the Fatrade village. This beach is also known as Carmona Zalor beach.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Calm / Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Near the main road entry to the beach

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The vacation spot itself is the attraction as the green-blue ocean will very nearly connect with you to draw you in.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Sernabatim

A quiet beach sandwiched between of Colva and Benaulim beach. A place for solitude and discovering oneself.

 

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located at the main entrance to the beach opposite Baywatch Hotel

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The sunset at Sernabatim is majorly what tourists come here looking for. It is to die for. It is laden with picturesque beaches but the quiet of Sernabatim is what adds that little extra. This beach is known for its cleanliness. If your idea of a day on the beach is lazing on the shore with just the sound of the waves and the ocean breeze in your ears, then Sernabatim is one of your best options.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

 

Utorda

The beach is a strip of palm-ringed shore. Towards the north is Arrosim and towards the south is Majorda Beach. The entire long stretch of beach is serene and peaceful.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Located near


Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The beach is marked with long straight patches of un-spoilt soft sands. One can enjoy activities like sunbathing, swimming in the Indian Ocean in calm and still water and long walks on these beautiful beaches. 

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

                                                    

Canaguinim

Cainguinim Beach is small landlocked beach south of Betul beach . Access is through a downhill sloping pathway.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough


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Day: Rough to Very Rough
                                                                            

Lifeguard Beach Station
No beach lifeguard station.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The Canaguinim beach with its silver sand is safe for swimming and the greenery of sea shore makes it very photogenic. Canaguinim beach is also famous for the splendid views of the historic Cabo de Rama fort situated towards the south end of the beach. 

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

                                                    

Cola

Cola beach comprises of 3 small beaches. It is landlocked with the access being through a downhill sloping pathway. It is situated south of Cainguinum Beach.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
No beach lifeguard station.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Its a small stretch between two rocks well hidden from the tourist crowd. It is an ideal place to relax and watch the waves lash the rocks.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

GalgiBagh

It is the last beach of Goa in the South.An idyllically tranquil beach, still immaculate fringed by casuarinas that sway gingerly in the lilting sea breeze. One of the most treasured nesting sites for the endangered olive ridley turtle.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight to Rough
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located at main beach entry point.


Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
It is a breeding site for the the protected Olive Ridley turtles. The complete northern part of this beautiful beach is used for turtles nesting and hence the long stretch of this golden sand beach is often completely isolated, apart from the one-off fishermen or children from the local village chasing crabs. 

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Rajbagh

Rajbagh beach is a beautiful palm-fringed cove of white sand unspoilt compared to the beaches of Salcete and North Goa. It is fast emerging as a popular spot for day-trippers from Colva and Calangute . Just west of Chaudi it is one of the most enchanting beaches in Goa relatively deserted, with backdrop of western ghats situated in Southern Taluka of Canacona.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight to Rough
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located right of main beach entry point.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
It is the only place in Goa, where one can still enjoy a hand powered or hand paddled ferry trip at in the Talpona River.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Patnem

Patnem is situated to the southern edge of Colom, south of Palolem. It is a broad beach that has vast stretches of sand with very little shade.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight to Rough
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located
200m Right of Main Beach Entry point.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Dolphins sometimes delight the visitors of this beach with an appearance. The fishermen in the area are really great, they offer to take the tourists out to sea to get a better look at the dolphins.

Bird Watching is popular here. You will get to see the rarest kind of birds on the beach. You can also see an occasional alligator here.

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary that is located a little away from Patnem but if you’ve got your own transportation it is definitely worth seeing. There is also a place nearby that tries to heal you by offering a wide range of treatments including reiki and yoga.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Agonda

Agonda is a three-kilometer long beautiful cove of white sand, safely secluded in the palms. The beach is fringed with palms and casuarinas and dominated by a large hill to the south. The beach is 37 kms from Margao.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located Near Near the main road entry to the beach.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Agonda is known for being a peaceful beach with relatively fewer tourists. This beach is also referred to as the Silent Beach. Agonda has very few attractions, almost everything here is untouched. The waters here may not be as ideal if you’re looking to swim but for sunbathers

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Betul

Betul is a small beach across the River Sal. It is a picturesque beach with silvery sand which is shaded by fruit trees and coconut palms. The secluded Betul beach is known as the Fishing beach of Goa and is very famous for its cool climate. It is land locked and the access is through a down hill sloping pathway.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight to Rough


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
No beach lifeguard station.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Betul beach is famous for fishing. As a result, the shacks here serve the freshest and tastiest seafood. Your trip to Goa cannot be complete without tasting the food here. Betul is known for fishing and serves as a docking station to various trawlers and row boats. The friendly locals and fisherman might take you for a boat ride if you ask kindly.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Mobor

Mobor Beach is situated between Sal river and Arabian Sea. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. The tourists can enjoy sun bathing on the beach. Dolphin trips and sunset cruises are among the other attractions at the Mobor beach. This beach marks the end of the majestic 30km beach stretch in South Goa. The beach was till the establishment of the Leela Resort a “rarely visited” beach.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Calm to Slight

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Slight to Rough

Lifeguard Beach Station

50m North of Public Entry point.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The beach is suitable for people who are looking for solitude and loneliness and yearn for connection with nature.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Cavellosim

The Cavelossim beach is situate before Mobor beach . Water sports activity form the main activity at this beach. Sand biking is another adventure activity available from this beach.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough

Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located Near the main road entry to the beach.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Cavelossim beach is a beautiful beach known for its contrasting black rocks and white sand adds its own beauty to this. It is a quiet and peaceful beach that has lately seen many shacks come up in the area. The waters here are crystal clear and the breeze so calm that being here can enlighten anyones day. 

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Benaulim

Located south of Colva beach, it is a long beach stretch frequented by locals in the evening. The beach is famous for fishing.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located
at the main entrance and also near Taj Exotica Resort.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The beach is popular for Go Karting in Nuvem (slightly north of Margao). You ca also visit the Art Escape for live music performances. Morning dolphin spotting boat rides are also offered by local fisherman

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Betalbatim

Located to the south of Majorda , this beach appears unexplored in the background of the palm trees. The beach is quiet and serene.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough

Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located near
 the beach entrance from Nanu Resort.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Dolphins sightings are common near the shores of Betalbatim and the local fishermen offer a ride to the tourists to catch a glimpse for a small price.
You can also enjor for a peaceful walk across the shore and relax a day at the spa at one of the luxurious resorts situated around the beach.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Arossim

Sandwiched between Utorda Beach and Bogmalo are these un-spoilt beaches in South Goa.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach Station
Lifeguard Station is located near
Park Hyatt Beach Resort.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
Water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing are available between mid-October and mid-April. You’ll find equipment and tuition at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511

Velsao

Sandwiched between Utorda Beach and Bogmalo are these un-spoilt beaches in South Goa.

Sea Condition – November to March
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight


Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough


Lifeguard Beach StationLifeguard Station is located near the main entrance to the beach.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset


Beach Popular For
The lonely Velsao Beach is known for its white shells and starfish infested sands and coconuts trees that line the roads as well as a large part of the beach. It is the perfect spot to stroll down, lie on, sunbathe on or whatever other form of relaxation that you like. Just 4 kms away is the famous Three Kings Church atop Remedios Hill.

Point of Contact
1-800-833-1511