Your monsoon nature trip commences with a pick up from your hotel, from where we proceed towards Harvalem waterfall. Harvalem or Arvalem is near the village of Sanquelim – where the colonial government settled its Rajput mercenaries (known as the ‘Ranes’) in the mid-1700s. You could gaze this enchanting waterfall listening to nothing but the sound of the river cascading through the trees.
After the Harvalem waterfall, we head to the most ancient temple in Goa – Tambdi Surla Mahadeva Temple – about an hour away. It is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved in Goa and was built in 12th century. However, some interesting details about the construction lead to debates about its origin. It is wondrous how the Mahadeva Temple still stands, in almost perfect condition, despite Muslim invasions and Portuguese persecutions.
Ancient Pandava Caves
The nearby Ancient Pandava Caves make for an engaging history lesson. Legend has it that these caves were named after the 5 Pandavas of the Mahabharata. These Pandavas were thought to have taken refuge in these caves whilst on their exile. Giving relevance to this fact is the presence of 5 shivlingas and compartments in the cave complex provides.
Then we make for the Sahyadri Spice Farm, tucked away in a beautiful village in Ponda. Here we get to relish a traditional Goan food buffet with all the famous Goan dishes. The buffet caters to all palates and has a wide assortment for both – vegetarians and non-vegetarian dishes.
After gorging on the delectable Goan specials, our adept team will accompany you either on an elephant ride or a bathing session with the elephants, your choice. This is definitely an experience you should not miss.
Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus
Post this, if time permits, we would pay a visit to the 400 year old Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus – where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are housed. Both are world heritage sites and are a part of UNESCO’s protected zones. Alternatively, we may visit the Tirupati Balaji Temple where you are greeted with a visual treat of lush green lawns surrounded by sugarcane and a garden of well maintained flowers.
The monsoon nature trip culminates with a journey back your respective hotels, bringing in the sunset, relaxing again.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||from Hotel|
|Duration||8:00am to 6:30pm|
|Pick up - Drop||Pick up & Drop will be provided from Hotels booked in Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul Area. Transport required in areas other then mentioned above will be charged extra.|
|Month of Operation||June to September|
What if someone in my group gets injured, or feels unwell?
The tour guide/s carry a first -aid kit with them, at all times. If someone needs more serious attention, they will be escorted to the nearest road ahead. The vehicle on standby will then take them to the emergency room, if needed.
What if someone in the group wants to head back mid-way?
While they will be escorted to the nearest road ahead, and transfer arranged, it is only recommended for emergencies.
Can I carry my own food?
While food and refreshments will be provided by the organizer, you’re welcome to carry your own food. Especially so if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences.
What is the duration of this trip?
Morning 8:30am to Evening 6:30pm
Does the trip include breakfast?
No it does not.
Pick up/drop facility is included in the costing for all places in Goa?
No it does not. It is applicable to hotels in Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul. Places other than the above will be charged at additional costs.
How far is the Pandava Caves from Harvalem waterfall?
What are the timings to visit the Pandava Caves?
The timing to visit this caves is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in morning and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in evening.
What is the best time to visit Harvalem Waterfall?
The best time to visit Harvalem waterfall is just during the monsoon from June to September as it is covered with greenery on all the four side which provides eco-friendly atmosphere to one visiting this place.
What should I wear?
Preferably light comfortable cotton clothes since you will be outdoors most of the day. Wear a comfortable pair of shoes since you will be doing a lot of walking around. Do not forget to carry towels and extra pair of clothes.
Please note while visiting religious places of worship, you need to be decently dressed. A big NO to sleeveless tops, t-shirts or shorts or skin tight clothing will be entertained.