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 ver 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 proximate 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.