What did you do in Goa during monsoon on wet beaches and almost no shacks?, asked my friend. There is a lot more to do in Goa apart from lazing around on beaches, I replied with a chuckle! She gave me a surprised gaze as if I had said something in a foreign language.
Goa is not just a place, it is a bag full of experiences. A mystery that keeps surprising you with its beauty every time you try to unfold a layer of it. With a coastline of 100 km and the green blanket of western ghats running through entire state, Goa is the gem of Konkan.
Starting the day with home cooked idlis and nariyal (coconut) chutney, we started on our quest to unfold the beauty of Goa away from the beaches. Our first stop was going to be Harvalem Waterfall situated in Sanquelim which is almost 40 km from Panjim. Apart from waterfall, the place has historical importance too. It houses Harvalem caves and a temple of Lord Shiva.
The ride to Sanquelim started from Panjim with Mandovi river on one side and old Portuguese style houses on the other. As we went further, the western ghats painted in various shades of green started taking over. The ride was quite bumpy at times but the beautiful weather and green surroundings were so captivating that we didn't care about the narrowness of road at few patches. After an hour long drive, we had finally reached Harvalem but in order to witness the beauty of it, we still had to burn some calories going down the stairs.