Connect with nature this World Environment Day in Goa

Date:
05.06.2015

Goa than just the beaches. On World Environment Day (June 5), here are some places in the state that allow you to connect with nature.  Discover inner peace and tranquility as you explore the greener side of Goa.

 
Dudhsagar Falls 
One of the most beautiful sight and major tourist attraction in Goa is the Dudhsagar Falls which as its name suggests looks like a sea of milk The Dudhsagar Falls, located in the Mollem National Park is a must-visit during the monsoons when the waters are in full flow. The milky white waters, from which these iconic falls derive their name, come cascading down a massive height of 301 meters (987 feet). Surrounded by dense green foliage, this is one of Goa’s most stunning natural phenomena. Trekking is a popular activity at the Dudhsagar Falls and there are four trekking routes that you can take to reach the falls.
 
Tropical Spice plantations
 Not something one immediately associates with Goa, but the spice plantations at Keri-Ponda are a popular attraction in the state. The Tropical Plantations come alive beautifully during the monsoon and this is one of the best times to visit them. It is spread over large tract of verdant land, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in a pure unadulterated nature. Listen to the delightful birds, ride on elephant back, laze around by the stream or simply enjoy a stroll through the stretch of beetle nut plantations. The tropical spice plantation has lots to offer, peace of mind being the greatest of all.
 
Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary
This has dense forests providing an excellent habitat and good cover for wildlife. There are over 120 bird species recorded at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary includes the rolling ridges of the Western Ghats up to its foothills. It is richly vegetated with a mixture of moist deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. There are also some patches of savannah grasslands.
 
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is run in association with Goa Tourism, the Madei River drains the outpouring of water from the South West monsoon and offers fine rafting with stunning forest backdrops. Sanctuaries in Goa are open all year round. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a popular one with tourists and school children. It has awesome beautiful nature trails which are perfect for hikes.
 
White water rafting
If you want to see a different side of Goa, without adding to the pollution then go in for options like white water rafting or kayaking. While these activities will give you an adrenaline rush, they will also allow you to experience peace and calm as you navigate through the gorgeous waterways in the state, which are surrounded by lush greenery.