Monsoon in India brings heavy rainfall in the western part of India ,and likewise the greenest scenes of the most famous tourist destination state in India i.e Goa occurs in this season in India. Goa received a heavy monsoon this year and accordingly I planned my trip to explore the rural countryside of Goa in this monsoon.
The green grasslands of the western ghats cliffs in Goa.
I started my journey in exploring the best offbeat locations in Goa from Siolim which is very near to Vagator. On the way to Siolim I found this Chapora sunset view point and a chapel just beside the cliff. The view from this chapel was just exquisite with the Chapora river meeting into the Arabian sea creating difference in density of water thus a variance in the colour of the water. The mountain on the left side is Chapora and that on the right is Morjim as shown in the picture. From the view point the green grasslands created an alluring scenery consulting of a narrow red lane leading to this white chapel. The entire place was devoid of any crowd so it was pretty suitable for me to capture the precise landscape in my camera. As the church is situated on a cliff so we can get a panoramic view of the entire river and the sea from the chapel ,thus making this place an ideal backdrop for capturing potraits with the white chapel and sceneries of the sea and river together. Fortunately due to the monsoon the grass was perfectly green which means there were no other tinge of any other colour not even a dot. So I was able to capture the purest form of monsoon grass and the sufficient volume of water in the sea mouth. Thus this not so famous tourist spot in North Goa enchanted me with a perfect introduction of how I can capture monsoon scenes of Goa in this trip.
Chapora sunset view point.
There are many stories to tell about the great Indian subcontinent and that is why the history of the rulers who ruled in this versatile country varies from different communities. But now it depends on us to preserve the remnants of those culture which will help us to withhold the culture and some important facts in history. The historical facts can be easily learned from the sculptures and buildings constructed by the rulers of that era.In North Goa situated in a rural village called Aldona we found a dilapidated Portuguese fort which now is in ruins and not frequently visited by the tourists.Due to the monsoon rains the walls of the fort has been covered with fresh green grasslands that creates a stunning landscape of the fort. Surrounded by iron rich hills all around, the view of the hills was majestic when we reached on the terrace of the fort.
Built in 18 th century this fortress was used for defence and military by the Portuguese from the neighbouring maratha rulers in the vicinity of Panjim. The fort overlooks the Aldona river and is situated on an island separated by the nearby Mandovi river. This is one of the only two forts surviving which have been made form laterite soil so now it is a protected monument under the Goa,Daman and Diu archaeological society. Though the fort is very small when compared to the other major forts of Goa but in order to see the brighter side of beautiful rural goa ,this is truly a heritage site for tourists visiting this wonderful state.
At the terrace of Corjuem fort.
Road trip in Goa also means capturing the beautiful bridges built over the small rivers that traverse the fertile land in this small state. In monsoon while visiting such architectural genius we can see how the river floods the lowlands of the rural villages in Goa . It’s like vast stretches of water with fresh patches of green grasslands.
The two bridges which has the best stunning designs in North Goa is Aldona bridge and Calvin bridge. Both this bridges falls on the route to Mayhem lake towards Bicholim. Mayhem lake is another newly developed tourist spot in north goa and is gaining huge recognition due to the recent inaugration of Bungee jumping facility from a height of 55 metres.
Bungee jumping point in Mayhem lake.
The vast wetlands of rural goa with ferry boats along the river basin is the perfect landscape of konkan scenery in the monsoons. In the night the bridges looks more enchanting due to the colourful LED lights that brighten up the beautiful architecture. The roadways in rural goa are excellent but the main achievement of the government is its delicate thinking in making the roadways attractive to the tourists. The bridge shows the artistic mind of the people of Goa and how they preserve that for making this state a famous tourist destination in India.
I took the advantage of the heavy rains and planned to visit a dam in North Goa which will be perhaps filled with plenty of water in it’s reservoir . Amthane dam serves as the main source of water for the nearby rural villages and the valley named after the village Amthane is painted with numerous water streams which gets activated from the rainfall in the monsoon season.
Amthane dam view point.
The road trip from Anjuna to Amthane is an hour trip which brings out two significant different landscapes in the monsoons.On the way to Amthane dam first we get to see roads in between flooded plains with patches of green grasslands. So driving through these roads creates an experience like spending moments in backwaters which perfectly suits with the scenery of the monsoon plains in rural goa.
Flooded plains on the way to Amthane dam.
Then after half an hour the hills arrive with utmost greenery due to the fresh grasslands that covers the valley of the Western Ghats in the monsoons. The patches of black colored rocks shows it’s faces in between the grasslands creating an out of this world experience. The experience was truly the best in this monsoon road trip and I concluded these memorable scenes as I captured the huge reservoir from the circular platform ,relevantly constructed for the panoramic views of the dam.
Portuguese forts,vibrant beaches and hippie culture altogether creates a unique ambience for which Goa stands apart from the rest of the states in India. But apart from these specifications that makes Goa the most versatile tourist state ,it is the hospitality and effort of the government that makes this state a friendly and healthy destination for enriching the mind of tourist bloggers.My first day in exploring these fascinating hidden places in the villages of goa ended in a perfect way with the splendid view of the Amthane valley and as rain started to pour down heavily after the sunset i returned back to my hotel to prepare my itinerary in exploring south goa. My accommodation in north Goa was in vagator and the name of the hotel was I love bell botoms,and like the uniqueness in the name the design and architecture of the hotel was even more special.The colorful stairs,violin shaped swimming pool,vibrant colorful walls of the rooms and the umbrella themed restaurant makes this hotel as perhaps the most delicately designed hotels in Goa. Being a 3 star property it provides a budget accommodation and for me this is the best hotel to stay in north Goa to enjoy a perfect hospitality along with the delectable food in the restaurant.
Violin shaped pool and the colourful walls in the hotel.
Next morning I started early for South goa but decided to explore an art museum in north goa before venturing out to the southern district.To my surprise I discovered an art gallery that proves how versatile the people of Goa are ,to set up such a masterpiece in the villages of Goa ,a place which makes every bloggers spell bound on the innovative creative genius of the contributors of this art gallery. Cube gallery is the first of it’s kind Avant grande art gallery situated in Moira ,a rural village in North Goa .
The terrific artwork both as paintings and from materials creates an unique experience like never before. Some talented artists have put up their creativity inside this gallery that blows away the innovative genius of a human mind. Take a note in the picture below that depicts Jhansi ki Rani in a different art form and how the craft work symbolises the splendid interpretation of patriotism for motherland. Likewise the oil paintings are abstract but are award winning pieces of art ,and many of such masterpieces can be seen here in details. The building architecture ,lights and colour combination of the walls ,all have been put to the highest level of creativity for which this place is must visit destination for not only people who love art but for people who wants to see the creative genius of human art.
Jhansi ki Rani depicted through a beautiful artwork.
Oil paintings on a huge canvas.
While returning back to panaji from south goa I explored a lesser known beautiful chapel in the outskirts of panaji that also lies in north goa district. Siridao or Shirdona as pronounced in Konkani is a small village located just 7km north of Panaji which is famous for the chapel of Jesus of Nazareth. Scholars believe that the architecture of the chapel resembles that of Jewish style and so in the pre-Portuguese era, the place might have been inhabited by the Jews. This chapel is located on a hilltop overlooking the Siridao beach where the zuari river meets the Arabian sea.
Just like the statue of Jesus in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, there is a Jesus statue standing tall on this hill. The beautiful white and sky blue color combination of the chapel and the stairs makes it an ideal destination for the photographers who can also get a panoramic view of the Zuari bay. It is recommended to visit the chapel early in the morning to catch the reflections of the sunlight on the white color of the chapel and watch a beautiful sunrise from the horizon. Unlike other chapels, this chapel is smaller in size but the surrounding area is huge with avenues of coconut trees. The statue of Jesus is an added attraction as it stands on the highest point of village , as if giving his blessings to the society and culture of around 2200 people living in this quaint village.
There are many other terrific and fascinating places in north Goa but it depends on a tourist on how much days the person can spend in exploring this small district with enormous geographical and historical features. Keep following our website as after this I will explain the best offbeat locations to explore in south Goa.