Pack A Picnic, Hit The Road! Here Are 5 Waterfalls In Goa To Enjoy In The Monsoons

Goa is finally getting its due as a place to visit even in the monsoons. And what better than visiting waterfalls that dot the Goan landscape or trying out a monsoon trek or even a lazy picnic? While we've done the whole Dudhsagar exploration, we think it takes a special something to be in our list of favourite waterfalls. So, here, read on and see if your pick has made it here! 

Savari Waterfalls

Nestled in the jungles of Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, it can be reached via a well marked trail that is a half-an-hour walk. The water from the fall makes for an exciting pool to plunge into, but be careful while climbing down as the rocks can be slippery. To add to the excitement, your feet will be nibbled by a lot of tiny fish which may startle you initially, but once you get used to them you'll be happy for this free pedicure. The views here are beautiful and you'll be happier going here at the very outset of the first monsoon showers in Goa. Be warned, it's a bit of a trek so comfy shoes are must. 

Kuskem Waterfalls

These falls are located in the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary near Kuskem Village and is an easy 10-15 minutes hike from the first check point. While you'll obviously jump into the water for some fun, beware of the monkeys around who are always eyeing your belongings. It's one of those places that are yet to be on the radar of the tourists, which means that the pond is delightful to splash around. The only downside, the trek through the forests before you reach the falls. 

Keserval Springs

Known for its therapeutic properties, Keserval Springs are loved partly because they're fairly convenient to get to. The other being its beauty that comes into full view after a few bouts of rains replenish its water flow. A short and easy hike leads you to the falls; it is located near the village of Cortalim on the Southern banks of the Zuari river. The falls get their name from an Indian word meaning 'eagles', because the high soaring birds used to make their nests on the high cliffs facing the falls. We'd recommend a group outing with some snacks in tow. 

Hivre Waterfalls

These are one of the hidden and consequently most beautiful waterfalls in Goa. Located about 14 km from Valpoi village, this trail is apt for trekking enthusiasts given its hilly terrain that meanders through thick vegetation. Considering there is no marked trail to this waterfall, taking a local guide along is highly recommended. There are also activities like trekking to make the whole experience more fun. 

Bamanbudo Waterfalls

These waterfalls are the easiest to get to as they are located just by the roadside. The falls are about 15km inside the forest gate at Bhatpal situated on the road towards Neturlim in the Canacona region of South Goa. Given its easy access, these falls are pretty popular with the Goans, so you can expect it to be crowded. 

Pro-Tip

Most of these waterfalls are in areas controlled by the Forest Department and have marked trails leading to the falls to avoid navigational challenges. Some places might have a nominal entry fee (INR 20 per person, INR 70 per car, and charges for camera depending on its model). If venturing in comparatively unknown terrains, taking guidance from the Forest Department is recommended.

P.S. Make sure you're leaving the waterfall cleaner than you found it. Everyone hates people who litter.