Weekend Gateways near PanajiThere are some really interesting weekend destinations near Panaji city, where tourists and locals alike can enjoy some memorable vacation time. In fact few of the locations mentioned below are quite sought after holiday destinations of India.
Amboli Hills Station
Unarguably the most popular weekend destination amongst locals of Goa. Not only because it is closest hill station to Goa, but is immensely beautiful too. It is located in neighboring state of Maharashtra - just 90 kms away from capital city of Panaji. By road it would take maximum 2 and half hours journey from Panaji to Amboli.
We don’t really need to boost about scenic beauty of Amboli Hills Station. As it is part of famous Western Ghat, which is part of amongst 8 biological diversity hotspots of this world. This fact alone is sufficient to tell how rich this area is in flora and greenery.
As for accommodation is concerned, this much sought after hills station obviously has quite a few hotels and resorts including MTDC resorts. We can assure that you’d simply fall in love with this hills station. More so, if you want to come out of world of sandy beaches and take a rest in the midst of lush greenery of famous Western Ghats.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary
This weekend destination is located in Goa itself. In Mollem town in South Goa – some 76 kms away from Panaji city. What makes this sanctuary a desirable weekend destination is the fact that it offers 1/2 day tour package wherein tourists get to stay inside the sanctuary itself; in a cute little tent surrounded by rich flora and in the proximity of some lovely animals.
And be rest assured about the beauty of this sanctuary, it is by far the best wildlife sanctuary of Goa. Mainly because it boosts mesmerizing rich flora of famous Western Ghats. But it is the adventurous safari tour on an elephant that will make your weekend trip to this place really memorable affair. Exploring this beautiful sanctuary on the back of a elephant is really something. Besides, visiting this sanctuary would give you lifetime opportunity of experiencing the famous Dudhsagar Falls. A waterfall that is considered amongst the best in the country. It is located in the very heart of this sanctuary.
Visit to this immensely beautiful sanctuary would definitely turn your weekend into memorable event.
Chorla Ghat is a biodiversity hotspot located on Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra border; some 67 kms from capital city of Panaji. The immense greenery of this place will simply stun you. So much so that you’d want to come to this place again and again. This place becomes even more beautiful during monsoon season, as you get to relish the sight of many beautiful waterfalls here. The most famous amongst all is Twin Vajra Waterfall. Besides, you can also do hiking and trekking at this place.
Overall, you can have quite a fest at this place. Another must visit weekend destination for Panaji locals.
This immensely small town is bestowed with nature’s bounty. The lush green hills and white sand beaches here will leave you quite awed and mesmerized. It is located in Sindhudurg district of neighboring Maharashtra state – just 84 kms away from capital city of Panaji (approximately 2 hours of journey). Although some locals of Panaji might be little skeptical about visiting Vengurla, as Goa itself is bestowed with immense rich flora and beaches. But we can assure you that rich flora and beaches of Vengurla has its own unique charm. Something that locals of Panaji would never feel in the midst Goan beaches.
As for which are the must see places here. Then here there are many beautiful beaches & bio-diversity hotspots, but we highly recommend these following places: Sagareshwar beach, Burnt Island (bird sanctuary), Vengurlar Lighthouse and Vengurlar Jetty.
This small village is located on the border of Karnataka and Goa. More than 100 kms away from Panaji city (approximately 2 hour and 15 minutes journey). It is slowly gaining lot of recognition as a popular weekend destination among the locals of Goa. The reason is obviously its rich flora and biodiversity, which is actually part of the immensely famous Western Ghats.
But the rich flora and bio diversity found here is surely tad richer than in most other weekend destinations near Panaji city. Even you’d agree to our tall claims once you visit this village. Its rich vegetation and even wildlife will definitely leave you gasping for breath.
As for accommodation is concerned, then we highly recommend the very popular ‘The Hermitage Guest House’. Its immensely popular among visiting tourists.
The Hermitage Farms, Post Box 23, Nersa Village,
Khanapur Taluka, Belgaum District,
Karnataka, India 591302
Phone: +91-9341692211, +91-92426-23020, +91 9341998610, +91-94481-57624, +91-98807-57075