People also visit Arvalem caves which are said to be carved during the Pandava period but there is nothing to see here. This just feels like three hollowed rocks with a stone deity placed. But if you have come all the way here, visiting the Arvalem waterfalls will make it worth it. The waterfall is next to a temple and it forms a pool which is not too deep and you can go swimming.Down at South Goa:
These ancient caves in Bicholim, North Goa are also known as the Pandava caves after the characters in the epic Mahabharata. According to legend, the five Pandava brothers lived in the caves while they were in exile from their kingdom. However, several alternative theories about the history of the caves has persisted, some citing Buddhist origins and others Hindu. But the rock-cut caves are beautiful and intriguing, especially given the backdrop of Arvalem waterfalls in the vicinity, which is a short hike away.Entry fee: Free for allOpening hours: 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.Best time to visit: All year.Nearest railway station: Dabolim Railway Station is the nearest railway station, located 40 km away from Sanquelim.
Finishing our tea we inquired to the tea stall owner about near by attractions, his suggestions were beaches and other common Goan destinations and Mhadei wildlife sanctuary etc and out of that the nearest one and the one lying in the route of Mhadei Wild Life Sanctuary was Haravalem Waterfalls. When rain stopped we began our journey.
Apart from beaches and waterfalls, one can find beautiful examples of historical architectures and monuments.One such monument is Arvalem caves, which is located 9km from Bicholim, North goa.These rock cut caves are also called Pandava caves derived from five Pandavas of Mahabharata.As the legend has it, the Pandavas sought refuge in these caves during their exile. The presence of five compartments and Shivlingas in the cave complex provides relevance of this fact. However, the caves have also been claimed to be of Buddhist origin due to the presence of a huge statue of Buddha near the place. The architectural style of the caves also speaks loud of the Buddhist possession. The opinions regarding the origin of the caves have been ambivalent from years.The architecture of the caves is yet appealing.The presence of the famous Rudreshwar temple and a waterfall in its vicinity makes this place a must visit in Goa.
#SwipeRightToTravel There are rock cut caves at Aravalem. They are also known as the Pandava caves. This is actually the oldest temple in Goa. It dates back to the first century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also the temple of Shiva at Tambdi Surla is an old temple in Goa. It dates back tot eh Kadamba period which is thirteenth century. Unfortunately it is the only temple of that era which survives even today. All other temples of Goa where destroyed by the Muslim and Portuguese rulers. The Portuguese Viceroy by the edict of 1540 gave authority to destroy all the Hindu temples within the Portuguese area. Not a single shrine should be left, is what the order said. He also ordered confiscation of temple estates for maintenances of churches which were to be built on the sites of demolished temples. Yet, these temples survived. Trip to the temples of Goa left me spellbound. They were immaculately clean and spacious.. No where the priests tried to fleece money. I could sit in the temples until I felt like. They are situated in the rural Goa. In these villages I was able to see the real people. I had gained a lot of knowledge about my country and my people after visiting them. Such was the impact of visit to the temples of Goa.