Goa, a tiny yet beautiful state in western India, is popular all over the world for its beautiful coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea, vibrant nightlife, scrumptious seafood, rich history as a Portuguese colony, and laid-back villages. Goa is visited by a large number of tourists for its sandy beaches, places of religious and historic significance, and natural beauty. The greenery and wildlife of Goa makes it an ideal spot for photographers and nature lovers. The bustling markets of Goa exhibit interesting articles like clayware, paintings, artificial jewelry, colorful clothing, and a lot more. Local sweets prepared from Portuguese recipes are definitely worth a try. You can explore the local villages on foot or a bicycle early in the morning, and talk to the warm-hearted villagers to understand the simple lifestyle of the locals.
Apart from the partying and sightseeing, hordes of nature lovers and adventure seekers visit Goa to spend some time in the woods, amidst its beautiful flora and fauna. One such location adorned with thick forests is Tambdi Surla. This place is famous for its interesting trekking trail, beautiful waterfall, and Mahadev Temple.
Tambdi Surla is situated at about 65 Km from the capital of Goa, Panaji. You have to trek through a dense forest to reach the Tambdi Surla waterfall. During this delightful Tambdi Surla waterfall trek, feel the adrenaline rush as you walk through the thick forests. Except for a few steep ascents, the trail is straight and easy to trek. The initial path is quite broad, but gets narrower as you trek further. Feel the scent of lush green trees reduce your stress and calm your mind. You get to see different types of birds, small animals, reptiles, and insects as you walk along. The butterflies fluttering around never fail to make you smile. On reaching the waterfall, a beautiful sight of milky-white waters cascading from above unfolds before your eyes. The fresh air around and the spray of water hitting the rocks restores your tired senses and soothes your spirit.
After descending, visit Mahadev Temple, the oldest temple in Goa, built during the 12th century. This small and beautifully carved temple is constructed in Jain style and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has continued to stand steady and strong, despite invasions and inquisitions. It was built by the Kadamba dynasty using weather-resistant grey-black basalt that was transported all the way, across the mountains, from the Deccan Plateau. The intricate carvings created by skilled craftsmen decorate the walls and sides of the temple. All the locals from Tambdi Surla and surrounding villages gather during the festival of Mahashivratri and celebrate it with great joy.
At the end of Tambdi Surla waterfall trekking tour, you are bound to possess delightful memories that you will cherish forever!
Day 1: Pune-Kulem
On this day, reach Pune railway station (platform number 3) at 3:00 PM. Board the Goa Express train to journey towards Kulem at about 4:35 PM. Enjoy your overnight journey to Kulem as you chat with your companions and enjoy a peaceful sleep.
Day 2: Kulem-Tambdi Surla-Madgaon
At 4:30 AM, you will arrive at the Kulem railway station. Head towards the base village, Sanguem, and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. Your trek to Tambdi Surla waterfalls starts at 6:00 AM. Enjoy the gush of fresh air as you listen to the chirping of the birds. You will reach Tambdi Surla falls at about 8:00 AM. Enjoy the sight of the cascading milky-white waters amidst the lush green backdrop. After this, start descending and reach the base village. Pay a visit to Mahadev Temple located at the base village. At about 1:00 PM, leave for the guest house in Kulem. Feel rejuvenated as you settle in its beautiful surroundings and enjoy delicious food. Amble around the guest house and watch the calm backwaters and lush green trees. Your tour ends in the evening. If you are heading to Pune, catch 12779 / Goa Express Train at 4:30 PM. To reach Mumbai, you need to first travel to Madgaon via local transport by 5:10 PM and then board 12620 / Matsyagandha Express at 7:15 PM.
Day 3: Departure
On this day, you will reach Pune Junction (4:30 AM) or Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai (6:35 AM).
Departure Dates: August 2017- 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
September- 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Note: Price from Pune to Pune is Rs.2450/-