Whether we like it or not, beach hopping and incessant partying is the gist of most Goa experiences. But in a quieter corner of South Goa, Salaulim Dam is a marvel that has still not caught the attention of travellers in Goa.
The dam lies on the Salaulim River, a tributary of Zuari River, about five kilometres from Sanguem Town. Also did you know that the entire South Goa gets its drinking water from here.
The unending, vast expanse of water runs down through a semi-circular outlet and splashes 50ft down at the first level and again falls down to a 100ft deep chasm. It finally strikes the riverbed creating a breathtaking mist cover over the dam.
Watch the video of the dam here:
If you still need more reasons to give the beaches a break when in Goa, here are some that will encourage you to travel to the southern edge of Goa to witness the wonder, Salaulim Dam.
• To gaze through your lens at this marvel of design
One of the most intriguing and unique aspects of this dam is its design. The spillway at the edge of the dam is a unique duckbill type. The mist cover over the dam during the overflow is a breathtaking sight for shutterbugs looking for unique shots on the quieter side of Goa.
• For a day trip to the Botanical Garden
For nature lovers in Goa, the reservoir area around the dam and the surrounding Botanical Gardens offer the perfect shades of green to sit back and relax during the day. The garden is designed based on the pattern of the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore.
- For some delightful bird watching
The backwaters of the Salaulim Dam are an excellent site for birdwatchers. The occasional flight of the Cormorants and Pied Kingfishers towards the Blue Island Mountain at a distance make for an excellent frame capturing the unique side of Goa.
• To combine the trip with a visit to the nearby Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary at the southern end of Goa is a splendid site, with Saveri Waterfall being the highlight at the spot. Racket tail Drongo, Greater Flameback Woodpecker, Green Bee Eaters, egrets, pond herons and several other bird species can be spotted in the region.
Away from the beaches, have you visited the secret corners in the hinterlands of Goa?
Do pay it a visit at your leisure and relax at a calm and serene spot in the ever so happening Goa.