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Visit the Remote Ancient Shiva Temple in Tambdi Surla

Goa is steeped in history, culture and exciting folklore that has been a result of the intermingling of influences from North to South, East to West. 

One of the earliest, historical and architectural gems is tucked away, deep inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.


About 70 plus kilometres away from Panaji and the maddening crowds, this architectural marvel is dedicated to Mahadev. It has grown in popularity with time and visitors from across the world make their way to this spot.

The long journey makes for a good road trip. As you visit wild life sanctuary, the temple is located inside this forest haven. It dates back to the 12th century. This Shivite temple has survived the many perils of Muslim or Portuguese invaders and still continues to amaze. 

It’s intricate carving out of basalt stone, set against the greens create a dramatic backdrop for the onlooker. The temple still functions and locals and devotees make their way to pay respects to the deity.

The pristine and fresh surroundings create a surreal experience. You can observe the architectural expertise of our ancestors as they built this masterpiece from stone. 

A little stream flows infront of the sanctum facing-east. Though it’s shut for public, you can check with the friendly guard if he’ll oblige with letting you through to witness the waterfall close by.

If you’re in the area you can spend time cooling off at the Tambdi surla waterfall, but check first with a local before you plan your trip.

Don’t complete your trip with only one destination. It’s advisable to schedule your route in advance as you’ll be able to cover more distance and locations. There is plenty to see and discover in the area.