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Agonda Beach is a carpet of white sands dotted with colourful shacks giving the authentic Goan vibes. The Arabian Sea on this part is passionately touching the shores of the shining beach dotted with lush green coconut and palm trees. It is one of the cleanest beaches of Goa which are remarkably less crowded. You can spend a very calm alone time amidst the peaceful silence of the beach. You can find some cosy shacks which have a warm, welcoming vibe attracting people to enter it and relax a little bit.
These shacks serve a variety of original local cuisines along with chosen delicacies from around the world. They provide you with beach beds where you can lie down under the umbrellas or hang inside a hammock watching the scenes around the beach. There are various spots at the beach, where you can sign up for water sports and enjoy a distinct variety of adventure. They even train you for some water sports like jet skiing and surfing so that you can enjoy them also if you are a beginner. This whole package of fun on one stretch of sand is no less than a party. So you are required to come here and enjoy everything the Agonda beach has for you.
Cola beach, also known as 'Khola' beach, is one of the hidden gems of South Goa. Located in the Canacona area, the golden sand beach is peppered with volcanic boulders. The beach does not receive many visitors as it is off the beaten path, hidden by thickly overgrown hills, with a decent stretch of a rather rocky terrain to be crossed before arriving at this natural paradise. This makes Cola Beach perfect for sunbathers.
Cola Beach is divided into North Cola and South Cola with a small hill separating the two. It is joined by a river in the middle which is known as the Blue Lagoon or Emerald Lagoon because of its clear green colour. The calm water here is perfect for swimming. Cola Beach also offers magical sunsets as the landscape of the beach reflects the sunrays in a unique way. There are very few shacks at Cola Beach and most of the eating places are located inside the resorts.
Cabo De Ram Fort
Portuguese claimed the Cabo de Rama Fort after defeating the Raja (King) of Soonda and subsequently renovated it. In the past, the fort has switched hands between Hindu, Muslim monarchs and the Portuguese and had witnessed many battles in history. The present rickety structure with turrets and rusty cannons is a leftover of the Portuguese. The Portuguese equipped it with 21 guns and military barracks, as well as commandant quarters and a chapel. It was abandoned when the Portuguese left this place. Later, this fort housed a government prison till 1955 and was abandoned again. Today, this fort is in ruins, but is a popular tourist attraction of Goa.
Inside the Cabo de Rama Fort, there is the church of Santo Antonio which is in excellent condition and is still used by devotees. The white church and the black fort provide a photographic picture of stark contrast. People come here to pray and just enjoy the mystical atmosphere of the fort. Cliffs drop steeply to the sea provide a panoramic outlook of the surrounding areas, at the western side of the fortress. The fort provides majestic views of the entire length of Colva beach and the Canacona stretch.
Butterfly beach is also popularly known as Honeymoon Beach as a lot of honeymooners and couples come here for a secluded vacation. You can spend your day with your partner by enjoying a picnic with wine. You can also wait for the low tide period to witness wandering Sea urchins, redfish, goldfish, and sea cucumbers here. This is a unique sight that you will not get to explore anywhere else in entire Goa. Moreover, on one side, million butterflies dance and harbour over this beach and on the other, you get to catch a glimpse of dolphins in the middle of the sea.
Once upon a time in a forest, the demon Malla was fighting Arjun (one of the Pandava brothers from the Hindu epic Mahabharata). At the time, Lord Shiva assumed the form of a hunter and saved Arjun’s life by killing the demon. This incident rechristened Lord Shiva as Mallikarjun, and around this story, rose one of the most significant temples for Konkan Marathas–the Mallikarjun Temple.
Constructed in the 16th century, Mallikarjun Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the Indian state of Goa. Surrounded by lush green mountains, with soft floating clouds overhead, the quaint structure is situated near Shristhal village in Canacona district, Goa.
Lord Mallikarjun, also known as Adavat Sinhasanadhishwar Mahapati Canacona among the locals, is represented by a Shivaling covered with a metallic human face mask. The face is said to be the face of the hunter he was disguised as.
Dudhsagar Falls of Goa is a majestic waterfall where the white water gushing through the steep and vertical face of the mountain portrays a cascading effect. Standing as tall as 310 metres, it makes sure to stand in the list of tallest waterfalls in India.
The cascading effect of this waterfall gives rise to the illusion of a milky white sea falling from such a great height. This is how the Falls acquired its name – Dudhsagar Falls. The four-tiered waterfall marks its presence along the Mandovi River in the Sanguem taluka (Goa).
The main river of Goa – Mandovi, originating from the Deccan Plateau winds its way through the twists and turns of the Western Ghats. As soon as the river plummets through the hilly cover lying along the borders of Karnataka and Goa, it transforms into Dudhsagar Falls.
The moment the water gushing out from the Falls flow towards its feet, it forms a green pool at its base. It is from here that the water of the Dudhsagar Falls starts flowing westwards to join and be a part of the mighty Arabian Sea.
The entire landmark in the backdrop of the falls is covered with a vastly stretched forest cover.
This is how the Dudhsagar Falls form a part of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Embark the wildlife researching skills within you as there this sanctuary shelters a plethora of wildlife.
Dophin Trips/Boat Ride
Palolem Beach known for its calm water is one of the best places to experience dolphin sightseeing. Reach Palolem Beach and start your dolphin sightseeing tour with Thrillophilia. The boat ride will take you on a one hour long Dolphin sightseeing trip.
Spend your time by enjoying the view of the sea and clicking pictures with your friends and family. Book Palolem Beach Dolphin Trip and witness most friendly creature DOLPHINS.
Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla
Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and an active place of Hindu worship. It is the only structural temple of the Kadamba period to survive the destructive violence of religious intolerance during Muslim and Portuguese occupations of Goan territory. It is an ASI protected Monument of National Importance in Goa.
The temple is built in the Kadamba style from basalt, carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau and carved by craftsmen. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. The temple survived invasions and the Goa Inquisition due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of the Western Ghats which surround the site.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighbouring Karnataka. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum, and local legend has it that a huge king cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior.
The temple consists of garbhagriha, antarala and a pillared Nandi mandapa built of basalt. The four pillars, embellished with intricate carvings of elephants and chains support a stone ceiling decorated with finely carved Ashtoken lotus flowers.