Sanguem is one of the larger taluka’s located in the interiors of Goa. Away from the coast, it is blessed by dense vegetation and hidden gems belonging to ancient times and a culture that has thankfully still been preserved .
The drive though long, takes you to remote locations, closer to nature and far from urban or beach-side attractions. In fact, some distance away lies the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary with its diverse flora and fauna. The Savari and Mainapi waterfalls also belong to this taluka.
Sanguem has some of the oldest standing structures in Goa. Here are some that you can visit:
Gopinath Temple: The temple has a replica idol of Krishna, Lord of the Gopis. The original idol housed in this temple since the 14th century has since been shifted to the Goa State Museum in Panaji. The current idol depicts Lord Krishna playing the flute under the ‘kalpavriksha’, the divine, wish-fulfilling tree in Hindu mythology.
The temple itself is a simple and ancient structure. The four pillars are carved with motifs in the
Silhara-Kadamba pattern which are similar to those found at Tambdi Surla.
Bubbling Lake: In the same vicinity is the bubbling lake hat represents another of Goa’s
less well-known attractions, with which the state abounds.
Ancient rock engravings: The Usgalimal Stone Age rock carvings which have great archaeological and historical significance are also found in the area. These carvings are unique and pre-date other monuments in Goa.
Salaulim Dam: Not exactly ancient and located on the Selaulim River, a tributary of the River Zuari, the dam is a vital source of water for South Goa. A visit during the monsoons is a must to take in the sight of the water gushing down from a height of 42.7 metres.
Mosque: You can also drop in on one of the oldest mosques, the Jama Masjid, in the area, a well-known place of worship in Goa.