In Goa? Drive By To This Elusively Hidden Dam And Spend The Day There

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Elusively hidden in south-eastern Goa, Salaulim Dam treads a fine line between being an essential cog in the state’s irrigation and drinking water supply system, and a modern-day engineering marvel. It's a sight to behold in the monsoons with its gushing water spray, lush surrounding gardens, and stunning photo ops. They say that good things come to those who wait, and making your way to the Salaulim dam is no different. Your best bet to travel would be a two-wheeler, considering the questionable quality and terrain of roads leading to the destination. This could also be one among a few unknown reasons why the dam is visited by very few tourists as well as well as locals through the year.

A good 30 kms separate the dam from the coastline, the closest known Goan town being Sanguem (around five kms away). The dam is built on the tributary of river Zuari. It drops down to a height of around 140 feet. The curved rim-like shape of the structure lends both ample area and force to the water gushing downwards as well as a spectacular sight to the few visitors it hosts every day; a beautiful reminder about how the Arabian Sea isn’t the only form of water body in Goa capable of such dramatic force.

While getting too close to the edge of the dam is strictly prohibited, the sheer force of the water lashing at the dam base generously drenches everyone around with a much-needed shower after a sweltering day.

A few signboards around solemnly claimed that photography was prohibited in the area – but don’t let that stop you. It seems that the law was helplessly lost somewhere in the thunderous yet tranquil aura of the dam.

How to reach:

Salaulim Dam is around 60 kms from Panjim. You can either hop on a bus (which will take you around two hours) or hire a taxi if you are willing to spare the buck for an hour long drive. Or, rented two wheelers and shared taxis are also an option.

Remember, the site is open from 9 AM to 6 PM and the entry ticket is INR 20. Speaking about places to visit nearby, you can also pack yourself a picnic basket and hang around at the Botanical Gardens on the other side of the dam or, end the day with lunch at Benaulim and watch the sunset at Agonda beach before calling it a day. With your Goa day, sorted. If you have time to spare, do visit the nearby Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary too.


While everyone around you writes off Goan monsoons as 'off-season' for a holiday, pack your bags and plan your escape to the Salaulim dam during the rains. Despite occasional showers en route, the roads remain relatively devoid of traffic, promising a breezy and picturesque journey. Also, carry a raincoat to keep the rain out and a photo ID for entry. 


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