Goa is a land of the most gorgeous waterways and mountains. The Arvalem Waterfalls, in Goa, is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Goa and attracts travellers and revellers around the clock. It is the second waterfall in Goa after the Dudhsagar that lies on the Karnataka and Goa border. The Arvalem Waterfall, Goa is virtually 20 four feet high. A myth declares that the force in which the water gushes down from an elevation is the same to the Lord Rudra Deva's avatar.
One of the busiest tourist sites, this waterfall is found about nine kilometers from the Bicholim town. The most interesting aspect of this waterfall is the Rudreshwar temple which is located close to the waterfalls. The Aravelem Waterfalls in Goa are found right adjacent to this temple and as one walks out of the temple and climbs down its stairs. The water body provides a full view to those desiring to observe eye-catching beauty.
The best time to visit Arvalem falls is just after the monsoon, the waterfall takes the most majestic look but it is rather deep all the year round. The falls are easily accessible from the nearest road point (around 100m walk).
Saqulim Village near Govt. Hospital | Near Rudreshwar temple, Valpoi, India
Suggested duration: 2 to 3 hours
Open and Closing Time
9 AM - 6 PM on all days.
Near By Attraction
Hotels available near Arvalem Waterfalls
Distance between Madgaon Railway Station and Arvalem Waterfalls is 32.3 miles or 28.1 nautical miles
The Government of Goa has also developed a park from where the view of the waterfall can be peacefully relished. The Rock cut caves called the “Arvalem Caves” is just situated nearby. The ancient caves in the vicinity add a touch of antiquity to this picturesque place. This secluded region with the astounding vista of the leaping waters in the laps of nature is an ideal destination for private picnics and bird watching. The famous site is also a favorite hunt of the filmmaker, film directors, and photographers who love capturing the beauty of this idyllic place.
These caves of the 6th century are quite small, with with no articulate sculptures or paintings. These caves have 5 compartments among which the middlemost compartment holds the ‘Lingam’, which is till today regarded with great respect. An inscription written in Sanskrit and Brahmi characters of the 7th century is noticed on the Shivalinga with a circular top in cave no. 2. It reads as “Sambalura-Vasi Ravih”
The waterfall of Arvalem is certainly a visit of need while in Goa. There are a number of buses that run from Mapusa and Panaji to Arvalem. The nearest interstate bus station is at Mapusa, the KTC bus station. You can reach the Sanquelim village by taking a two-hour bus ride from Mapusa. But to reach the Arvalem waterfalls, you will have to walk for about half an hour or take a motorbike taxi.
The Arvalem caves are very much patterned in the Buddhist cave style, rock cut into laterite stone, with the sanctuary at the northern end and the vihara at the southern end. The claim of the caves being of Buddhist origin is a justified statement, mainly due to the discovery of a huge Buddha statue nearby and a 4th century Buddha head found in the Mhamai Kamat house now installed in the Goa museum. During the monsoons, the natives have fun under the open rain. The caves provide safe from rain but to the sight of the rain falling. The monsoon rain roils the water of this waterfall into a muddy brown color and makes it look more interesting.