South Goa City Guide
The beaches in south Goa extend from Vasco da Gama and Bogmalo to Palolem Beach. The stretch includes Bogmalo, Velsao, Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Betul, Canaguinim, Agonda and Palolem.
South Goa is a district situated in Southern part of Goa, Margao being capital of the district.
Margao, Colva beach, Arvalem, Palolem beach and Arvalem caves
About South Goa
The southern district of Goa, also called as south Goa, is spread in 1966 sq km of area. It shares borders with Karnataka. South Goa has some good places to visit, though not as good as North Goa. The beaches here are very beautiful and pristine. But facilities on South Goan beaches can not be matched with those on North Goan beaches. But the sheer beauty of these beaches are enough a reason to attract visitors. The charm of Margao is contained in its cultural heritage which is a smooth blend of Portuguese and Hindu cultures.
South Goa Beaches
The Beaches of South Goa are inverse to the North Goa beaches. The beaches are known for the calm environ and the solitude they provide to the visitor. These beaches are perfect for those looking for a break from the rush of city crowd.
Colva beach is the pride of Salcete and the only rival to Calangute by its scenic spelndour. Here, sand, sea and sky blend in enchanting natural harmony unspoilt by men.
The beach is 2 Km from Colva beach. The Benaulim village is mentioned in the Puranas as Bannali and is said to be renamed by Portuguese.
The majestic waterfall of Arvalem has an exuberant silvery showers. The beautiful fall, which falls from around 70ft, has a sizeable lake at the bottom. The fall and its surroundings forms a picturesque picnic spot.
The picture perfect white sand beach is situated 2 km west of Chaudi. It has a crescent shaped bay lined with swaying coconut palms hemmed by a pair of rocky crags.
The celebrated caves of Arvalem are of archaeological interest. A mythical background is attached to these caves. Some are of the opinion that these caves have been carved by the travelling Buddhist monks. While some believe that the caves are a construction of the pre-historic era.
By Air :
Dambolin Airport in Goa is the only airport in Goa. It is situated in Vasco-da-Gama, 29 Km from Panajim. Buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available from Vasco as well as Panajim to visit South Goa.
By Rail :
Vasco-da-Gama rail station is connected by train with the major cities of India. One can easily get taxis and buses for sightseeing in South Goa.
By Road :
Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to Bangalore-598 Km, Bombay-594 Km, Hubli-184 Km, Kolhapur-246 Km, Mangalore-371 Km, Mysore-696 Km and Pune-458 Km. Margao is a major town in Goa and is very easily accessible from the cities of Goa.
South Goa has some good options for budget stay. There are some good hotels in South Goa, but for a star rated hotel, one must stay at North Goa and make visits to South Goa. Margao offers good hotels and guest houses to visitors.