Places close to Arvalem Falls in Goa that you must visit

Viresh Parsekar

PLAYFUL & MAJESTIC AT ONCE

Far away from lashing waves on Goa's beaches, many waterfalls come into their own during monsoons. They leap off cliffs and come crashing down. One of them is Arvalem Falls in Harvalem village, 27 km from Panjim and 38 km from Mopa airport.

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PASSAGE TO CAVES

Close to the falls are rock-cut caves - Arvalem Caves - that can be one of your pitstops. These caves are entirely carved from the laterite hills, featuring excavated caves.

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PANDAVAS' ABODE IN EXILE

These caves date back to the 6th century, and are believed to have housed the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata in exile.

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TEMPLE SPREE

If you're in that vicinity, you cannot miss a visit to the Rudreshwar Temple, located near the falls. This temple is also known as Lord Shiva's temple.

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THE SHIVRATRI FEEL

Large crowds throng the temple during the Mahashivratri festival. It adorns a festive look and comes alive with bustling fairs and vibrant celebrations.

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SCENIC ROUTE VISTAS

The waterfall is about an hour's drive from the capital city of Panjim. Once there, its zenith can be reached either by road or by stairs. Both routes offer scenic views of the surrounding landscape.

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BEAT THE CROWD

If you don't want to get caught in a crowd, be sure to visit the place in the morning on weekdays.

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