The name of this waterfall evolves from the Konkani name for the falls, Dudhsagar meaning ‘sea of milk’. This is because froth is formed due to the speedy surge of water from the majestic heights. The fall looks stunning post monsoon as it ripples with bubbling foam-like water. The Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most interesting falls of India and the largest and highest fall of Goa. Nearby is the Tamdi Surla Temple built by the Kadambas.
North of Arambol, the sinuous coast road climbs to the top of a rocky, undulating plateau, and then winds down through a swathe of thick woodland to join the river Arondem, which it then follows for 4km through a landscape of vivid paddy fields, coconut plantations and temple towers protruding from scruffy red brick villages. The tiny enclave of Terakol, the northernmost tip of Goa, is reached via a clapped-out car ferry from the hamlet of Querim, 42-km from Panjim.
A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there, giving it the name “Aguada” (meaning ‘water’ in Portuguese). On the northern side, it provides a harbour for local shipping. The fort, at present, houses the central jail. A 19th century built lighthouse is situated inside the fortress.
Margao being the commercial hub of Goa, hard core shoppers can look forward to a rollicking time in this city. Apart from high-end malls and shopping plazas, Margao’s local bazaar is well-known for the wealth of indigenous artifacts and souvenirs. Crochet work, carved furniture, shell work, bamboo work, brassware, curios and old coins, trinkets etc., an endless variety of items would leave you spellbound.
Goa is a shopper’s heaven and the capital city of Panaji is one of the most exciting shopping destinations in the state. The shopping experience in Panaji is a blend of the exotic and the modern. While the local markets are a treasure trove of indigenous handicrafts, the upscale shopping malls teem with designer boutiques and international brands.
Shopping in Mapusa is steeped in the myriad hues of the Goan rural life. A well-known commercial district, Mapusa provides a number of shopping destinations encompassing local markets and stalls lined along its famous beaches. Mapusa’s famous Friday market beckons vendors and tourists alike with its rustic charm. Fridays usher in a festive atmosphere in this quaint town as villagers assemble from nearby localities with their produce. As you step inside the bustling bazaar, you will be greeted by a heady concoction of aromas arising from sources as diverse as fish, incense, spices and exotic fruits stacked in colorful heaps on the sidewalks.
The most ancient temple in the whole of Goa is located at a place called Tamdi Surla. The temple itself is built in Jain style in the twelfth century. There are some interesting details about the construction itself which has led to debates about the actual origins of the temple. The temple is built in a place which is quite inaccessible and away from the main settlements of the time. The size of the temple is quite small as compared to the size of the average Goan temple. And finally the top part of the temple has never been completed. The small, beautifully carved and perfectly proportioned black basalt temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been functioning since 1964 in the premises of the convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa. The collections of the museums are displayed in 8 galleries. These includes portraits and sculptures from the prehistoric to the late mediaeval period. The portraits of Portuguese Governors are placed on the first floor which provides an interesting study in the evolution of court dresses. Other objects on display are lintel of a temple depicting various types of Shikharas, architectural pieces, sati-stones, hero-stones, an inscribed slab containing Kannada inscription of ‘Devaraya’ etc