Goa is known for beaches all over the world. What remains hidden and pristine is the enriching biodiversity that hides in its hinterland and is rarely explored. The Chorla ghat lies at the intersection of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa and is truly a place where the pristine ecology has been left untouched.
The romantic rides through bridges, lakes and rice fields make a traveller dive into the wilderness of the Western Ghats. The magical place is nestled among the Sahyadri mountain ranges and is home to some rare wildlife and bird species found in abundance.
Best Time To Visit Chorla Ghat
Goa is visited by tourists around the year. Chorla ghat, being on the Eastern fringes is far off from the beach and tourist areas. It is during monsoons when lonely travellers and wildlife enthusiast prefer to take a trip to Chorla Ghat. The wet lush green forests, roaring waterfalls and water laden streams are something you will find best during the monsoons months of June to September.
How To Reach Chorla Ghat
By rail: Madgaon railway station is just 25 km from Chorla Ghat. Madgaon is further linked to major railway routes of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
By air: Goa airport is 67 km away from Chorla Ghat. Private buses and cars are readily available to this place.
By road: This is perhaps the best option to travel. Car and bike rides are thrilling all along the way crossing numerous bridges and paddy fields and then open the view of the picturesque Sahyadri.
The road route should preferably begin from Calangute area in Goa, which is 65 Km away. The Mapura road and Aldona road link the journey to various places with waterfalls, backwaters and paddy fields all along the way. The route hosts several small cafes and local eateries which delightfully serve its customers.
1. Anjunem dam
The Anjunem Dam is located on the fringes of the Sanquelim-Belgaum roadway about 10 km from Sanquelim town. The place has a mystic charm with enormous greenery all around. The wet mist and heavy rains demand you to carry a rain jacket while making a visit here. The dam lies in the Sylvan valley and is near to one of Goa's highest peak, Vagheri hill.
The enchanting dam is in proximity to two nearby natural lakes which is famously called as swimming pools carved by nature itself. Taking a dive in the pools is an enchanting experience for the refreshing water and the green hills surrounding the majestic dam is a treatise for the soul.
2. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
The infamous wildlife sanctuary lies near to the town of Valpoi. It is known as bird watcher's paradise and is home to 255 native and exotic bird species. You can easily spot the grey-headed Bulbul, Nilgiri wood pigeon or the Malabar Parakeet. The sanctuary is also home to mammals such as Barking deer, the rare Black Panther, Indian Gaur and sloth bear.
3. Peak of Lasni Temb
The peak of Lasni Temb is popularly known as the trekker's paradise. The forest trails are lined with damp wood, the surreal bio-luminescent fungus which glows in the dark. Monsoons make the area damp and moist and proper footwear is a must to avoid the tedious terrain. Butterflies, bird-chirps and the shrill narrow winds echoing throughout the wooden forests take you far away from the muffled noises of the city.
The forests are so dense that there is nothing except greenery occasionally interfered by narrow streams of water and few small waterfalls. Forest guesthouses and cottages provide all the modern amenities along with the thrill of natural wonders.
4. Twin Vajra Waterfalls
Trekking to the Vajra waterfalls is a never forgetting experience. The waterfall cascades down to the Mahadaye River. The waterfalls are a one hour drive from Kankumbi towards Chapoli. The terrain is steep and gets tricky during monsoons as one gradually threads from the confluence point of Kasara stream to the Mahadaye River.
The scenic cascade reaches its peak with the bountiful view of the evergreen Jamboti forests. Boulder hopping, cascading and six-hour long trek is truly a majestic account of the visit to the Western Ghats and you would have never seen such a Goa before.