Discover history and more at these ancient caves in Goa

Viresh Parsekar

IF CAVES COULD TALK

Explore Goa's ancient caves, where history and spirituality meet. Journey through time to uncover some of these well-known caves and their cultural significance.

Goa | Harvalem Caves | Caves Of Goa | Aravalem Caves | Photo: Viresh Parsekar

ARVALEM CAVES

The Arvalem Caves, located in Sanquelim, North Goa, are ancient rock-cut caves dating back to the 6th century. Carved from laterite hills, they feature two main caves and a residential chamber.

Goa| Chorla Ghat | Monsoons in Goa | Harvalem Caves | Photo: Rohan Fernandes

LAMGAO CAVES

A hidden gem dating back to the 6th or 7th century AD, the Lamgao Caves are located in North Goa's Bicholim taluka, and reflect Goa's rich cultural heritage.

Lamgao Caves| Bicholim | Caves in Goa | Goa | Photo: Viresh Parsekar

RIVONA BUDDHIST CAVES

Also known as the Pandava Caves, the Rivona Caves were carved out by Buddhist monks in the 6th or 7th century, and hold great significance in Hindu mythology,

Rivona Buddhist Caves | Rivona | Goa

KHANDEPAR CAVES

Four temple complexes, fashioned from a single piece of laterite stone, can be seen in Khandepar village, Ponda. Experts believe these caves were built around the 11th century AD.

Khandepar Caves | Ponda | Caves in Goa | Photo: Venita Gomes

CAVE OF SIDDHNATH

This cave, likely from the early Medieval period, features a simple rectangular room with a square pedestal bearing a linga, along with two pillars and pilasters at the entrance. The courtyard in front, carved from the same rock, showcases advanced elements of Goa's rock-cut architecture.

Goa | ancient caves | 11th century AD | Cave of Siddhanath | Surla | Photo: Viresh Parsekar

PEEK INTO THE PAST

Discover Goa's caves, where ancient history and architecture come together. Each cave holds stories of spirituality and skillful craftsmanship, giving a peek into Goa's vibrant cultural past.

Khandepar | Goa | ancient caves | 11th century AD | Shivalingam | Photo: Nandini Das Gupta

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