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Siolim - The Former Abode Of Lions And Tigers!


Siolim is a township located a little North West of Mapusa and North of the party zones of Anjuna, Calangute and Baga. A visit to Goa isn’t complete without a drive down to Siolim, and a view from the famous Siolim beach especially sunrise or sunset.

Siolim, a name that translates to the fact that the area once probably housed many lions and tigers, especially in the hills, is a religious destination for Catholics and Hindus alike. People from all over the country flock here during the season and visit popular churches and temples like the Siolim Church dedicated to St. Anthony, Mae de Deus, Our Lady of Sorrows and the Shri Datta and Sateri temples.

From a tourist point of view, Siolim makes for quite a visit, since it’s very conveniently accessible, from Mapusa, North Goa and even Panjim. Tourists driving down from Mumbai can probably catch a glimpse of it on their way in to Goa.

Siolim is also close to Anjuna beach and the famous Curlies Shack and the Anjuna Saturday night flea market. Vagator and Chapora beaches are also close by and do not forget to visit the Chopdem fish market!

Accommodation, and a good one at that, is very easy to find, right from a room for rent to 4 star luxuries. One can ride down on a rented bike or hire a cab from Panjim or Baga to get to Siolim.

Siolim Weather

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How to Reach Siolim

  • By Road
    Goa can be accessed from Mumbai via the famous Mumbai � Goa highway or National Highway 17 which links Mumbai straight to Goa. Off late though, this route has fallen into disrepute on accord of there just being 2 lanes all along, one up and one down which not only is a little dangerous but also makes for a longer journey. The more convenient route is to head to Pune from Mumbai via the 8 lane expressway and then connect up to the Satara highway right till one gets to Sawantwadi on the far end of Maharashtra. Goa is just another few minutes from there. From Mumbai, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra, numerous bus services are available to Goa and very comfortable ones at that. The recommended kind to take is any service operating a low floor Volvo semi sleeper.
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  • By Train
    Goa is well connected to North, South and Central India by trains. Many travellers opt for the very convenient train plying between Mumbai and Goa with convenient departure and arrival times. What�s better, the journey is an overnight one and one barely feels it.
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  • By Air
    Dabolim Airport in South Goa is well connected to metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cabs to and from the airport are readily available. Dabolim isn�t an international or customs airport, so travellers coming in from outside India will have to transit via one of the international airports like Mumbai or Delhi.
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