Goa may bask in the gorgeous beauty of its beaches. But, it has some stunning waterfalls too, and they are the most spectacular places to visit in the monsoons. This small state, nestled in the Western Ghats, is also a place of deep tropical forests, lofty mountains, deep valleys and gurgling rivers, making it a merry playground for some of the best waterfalls in Goa.
11 Spectacular Waterfalls in Goa
1. Kesarval Waterfalls
Tucked away in the dense tropical jungle and betel nut plantations, Kesarval Waterfalls, also called Kesarval Spring, is located on Verna plateau, off Panaji-Margao Highway. The waterfall is said to have medicinal properties and healing power. It is a favourite among bathers, who come here post-monsoon to have a dip in the waters and spend a peaceful time among the serene tranquillity of the surrounding region.
- Distance from Panaji: 20 km.
2. Karmalya Waterfalls
This waterfall is a hidden gem, very popular with the locals, but not so with tourists. Come monsoons, this waterfall shows its true beauty when cascading waters fall in the midst of the pristine natural beauty of the surrounding region. The waterfall is near the road, so not much of trekking has to be done to reach it.
- Distance from Panaji: 28 km.
3. Hivre Waterfalls
The amazing beauty of Hivre Waterfalls attracts tourists and adventure seekers year after year. If you are a nature lover, the pristine beauty surrounding this waterfall will be a treat to watch. Trekking to this waterfall, crossing undulating hilly areas and dense jungle, will be a delight in itself. The waterfalls are best to visit in monsoons.
- Distance from Panaji: 30 km.
4. Arvalem Waterfalls
For tourists and locals alike, this waterfall is a very popular picnic site. A park developed near the waterfall allows many hours of tranquillity and relaxation. A pool formed at the bottom of the waterfall is a joy for swimmers. The ancient Rudreshwar Temple is located near the waterfalls, and there is a rock-cut cave too situated close by.
- Distance from Panaji: 30 km.
5. Charavane Waterfalls
The waterfall, situated in Charavane village, is a popular scenic attraction. You can see greenery all around the falls. Trekking can be really fun, as you can pass through deep jungle trails, small streams and slippery rocks. The volume of water in the falls rises in the monsoons, which is the ideal time to enjoy the falls.
- Distance from Panaji: 57 km.
6. Sada Waterfalls
Situated in Sada village on the Goa-Karnataka border, Sada waterfall is an amazing sight. With the picturesque Chorla Ghats in the background, the cascading waters fall from between two hills. Trekking to the base of the waterfalls is an adventure in itself, as you cross river streams, dense forests, and crawl through underground caves.
- Distance from Panaji: 60 km.
7. Tambdi Surla Waterfalls
You cannot miss this waterfall if you are an avid trekker and in love with nature. Tambdi Surla Waterfalls is at its charming best in the monsoons, when water cascades from a high hill and roars down in spectacular beauty. The dense jungle and an ancient Shiva temple located near the falls adds a mystic charm to the falls. You will have to trek through a dense tropical forest of Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary to reach the waterfalls.
- Distance from Panaji: 66 km.
8. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Speaking of waterfalls, Dudhsagar Waterfalls is among the most spectacular of waterfalls in Goa. Situated on Goa-Karnataka border, this waterfall originates on the Mandovi River, and cascades down from a height of 130 m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India. The name translates into a ‘sea of milk’ as it is this illusion one gets on seeing the waterfalls. The sheer power of roaring water amidst the surrounding forest mesmerizes you.
- Distance from Panaji: 71 Km.
9. Bamanbudo Waterfalls
Located in Canacona, South Goa, this waterfall is a roadside waterfall, which falls down rocks and boulders, in a white stream of roaring waters. It is fun to bathe in the waterfalls. The cascading silver streams of water, in the midst of the pristine scenic beauty of Ambe Ghat, make it a very popular tourist attraction of Goa.
- Distance from Panaji: 88 Km.
10. Kuskem Waterfalls
This spectacular Kuskem Waterfall cascades down from a lofty mountain, making its way amidst huge boulders and large rocks. Situated in Kuskem village, close to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, the waterfalls is seasonal and is best visited during monsoons or post monsoons. While trekking to this waterfall is risky due to slippery rocks, the road is the best spot to view the waterfalls.
- Distance from Panaji: 92 km.
11. Netravali Waterfalls
Situated within Madei wildlife sanctuary, Netravali Waterfalls is a wonderful sight to behold. The whole region is enveloped in lush green forests of the Western Ghats. The waterfall looks even more beautiful after monsoons due to the increase in the flow of water.
- Distance from Panaji: 172 km.
These waterfalls have the power to mesmerize you beyond words; such is the sight of these cascading beauties. If you also have felt their charm, then share your experiences with us. Saw others that deserve their place in this list? Let us know…