Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park in Goa

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park is situated in Sanguem taluk, Goa and is spread over an area of 240 square kilometers. The park shares its eastern border with Karnataka state.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park is divded into two parts as National Highway Number 4A passes through the park. Mormugao – Londa railway line passes through the park area. Dudhsagar Falls, 4 tiered cascading waterfalls, is inside this park. Many temples built during the Kadamba Dynasty are seen inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.

Originally known as Mollem Game Sanctuary, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. Later on, in 1978, a portion of the wildlife sanctuary was declared as Mollem National Park and name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park.

Tambdi falls inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park
Tambdi falls inside the Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary has several perennial water sources. Goa depends on the Mahadayi river for 60 % its water needs. which originates in the border areas of Karnataka and Goa. Tambdi Waterfall is a beautiful fall slightly shorter than the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls is also inside the sanctuary. Tambdi falls is difficult to access as it requires climbing steep rocky path.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna with 722 species of flowering plants. 128 species of endemic plants, endemic to either Western Ghats or to India are seen in this sanctuary. An additional 37 species of Pteridophytes (plants which neither flowers nor have seeds; but reproduce and disperse via spores) are also found in this National Park. Many Mammals, Butterflies, birds and Reptiles are also seen in this park and is home to pristine vegetation like West Coast tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests.

Dhangar, a tribal community of nomadic buffalo herders (mainly seen in Maharastra and Goa), lives in this park.

How Do I Go to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park?

Molem is the nearest town to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park at around 57 kilometers distance from Panaji, capital of Goa state, India.

Palaruvi Falls in Kollam district

Palaruvi falls is a beautiful water fall at Aryankavu in Kollam district, Kerala state, very close to the Tamilnadu border. Its situated close to Thenmala ecotourism site.

Palaruvi falls
View of Palaruvi falls

Palaruvi Falls is a single drop, horsetail type waterfall, which is the 32nd highest waterfall in India, with a height of 91 meters or 299 feet.

How Do I Go to Palaruvi Falls?

Aryankavu town, from where the falls is accessible, is connected to the rest of the country by NH 744; Kollam- Thirumangalam (Madurai) National Highway.

Sengottai is the nearest MAJOR town with Railway connectivity at around 31 kilometers distance from Aryankadu.

Punalur town is the nearest major town in Kerala state. There is Broad gauge railway station at Punalur, which is at a distance of around 35 kilometers from the falls. Kerala state government buses on the ghat road from Punalur to Shengottai, passes close to the falls.There is a railway station at Punalur, which is connected to Kollam Junction Railway station.

There is a railway station at Aryankadu, which was inaugurated after gauge conversion work in 2018. Previously existed 113 year old meter gauge railway track was  converted into a broad gauge railway track. The gauge conversion works were delayed due to the terrain of the area. There is a railway tunnel called “Kottavasal“, measuring 680 meters, i.e. 2,230 feet in length, which starts at Aryankavu in Kerala and ends at Puliyara in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu.

Kollam or Quilon is at around 75 kilometers from the Palaruvi Falls. Kerala’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is at a distance of around 150 kilometers from the falls at Palaruvi .

What are the Nearby Falls to Palaruvi Falls?

Courtalam falls and Papanasam Falls are very close to Palaruvi falls and normally takes around 1 hour drive by car.

Thoseghar Waterfalls in Maharashtra

Thoseghar Waterfalls is the largest waterfall in India, situated in Thoseghar village, Maharashtra state.

Thoseghar Waterfalls
View of Thoseghar Waterfalls.

Thoseghar Waterfalls consists of a series of water falls and the highest waterfall is over 500 meters in height (actual height is 1666 feet), making it the largest fall in India. Thoseghar Waterfalls is a two -tiered waterfall.

There are two viewpoints, which gives a good view of the small falls and the bigger falls. The steps leading to the view points are broad and the whole area is very clean and well maintained. There is a platform for the tourists to watch the falls in its full beauty. You have to buy the entry tickets. Both the viewpoints are accessible from the main gate.

The ideal season to watch the falls is during the Monsoon season. A word of caution, avoid using the platform when it rains heavily.

Sajjangad Fort is a nearby tourist place to the falls.

How Do I Go to Thoseghar Waterfalls?

Thoseghar Waterfalls is accessible by public transport. The nearest city to Thoseghar falls is Satara city. Satara city lies at a distance of around 115 kilometers from Pune, on NH 4, which connects Pune to Bengaluru (Bangalore).

There are regular buses from Satara. Autos are also available for hire at Satara. To have the best view, one has to go to Chalkewadi (by bus, car, auto, etc,) and then walk down the road, for around 5 kilometers.

Nohsngithiang Falls

Nohsngithiang Falls is a beautiful seven stream waterfall in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state of India.

This Falls has a height of 315 meters or 1033 feet. The Falls is having an average width of 70 meters, i.e. 230 feet wide, making it the 5th largest waterfall in India. The fall and the nearby valley can be seen from the road itself and is a beautiful sight. Nohsngithiang Falls is not accessible by foot. One can sum the experience here as “Nature at one of its best forms!

This Falls is known as Seven Sisters Waterfalls, as the fall is seven-segmented (seven streams). This Falls is also known as Mawsmai Falls, as it is situated in Mawsmai village. During the Monsoon season, Nohsngithiang alias Mawsmai Falls plunges over the Khasi Hills limestone cliffs, making it one of the most beautiful falls. During this season, perennial rainbow is seen around the falls.

How Do I Go to Nohsngithiang Falls?

Nohsngithiang Falls is at a distance of 1 kilometer from Mawsmai village. Shillong, the state capital, is located at around 57 kilo meters from Mawsmai village and takes around one and a half hours drive. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport alias Guwahati International Airport in the nearby state of Assam, at a distance of around 160 kilometers from Mawsmai village, is the nearest airport to the falls at Mawsmai.

Nearby Tourist Places to Nohsngithiang Falls?

World famous Mawsmai Caves alias Krem Phyllut is very close to the Nohsngithiang Falls and takes around 20 minutes walk from the falls at Mawsmai. Cherrapunjee, one of the most wettest places in India, is also close to Nohsngithiang Falls.

Vantawng Falls

Vantawng Falls is beautiful two-tiered waterfall near to Thenzawl in Serchhip district of Mizoram state, India. Vantawng Falls is known as “Vantawng Khawhthla” in the local Mizo language.

Vantawng Falls
Vantawng Falls

The height of Vantawng Falls is 229 meters or 751 feet and is the thirteenth highest fall in India. Vantawng Falls is situated deep inside the forest and hence it is very difficult to get close to the falls. The State Tourism department of Mizoram state has constructed a watch tower for the tourists to see the beauty of this magnificent falls.

How do I go to Vantawng Falls?

Vantawng Falls is at a distance of around 5 kilo meters from Thenzawl town. The district head quarters, Serchhip, is at a distance of around 40 kilo meters from the waterfalls at Vantawng. Aizawl, the capital city of the state of Mizoram is at around 137kms from the falls.

Lengpui Airport, which is situated close to Aizawl city, is the nearest airport to the Vantawng Falls. There are regular helicopter services between Aizawl and Serchhip. “Bairabi” in Kolasib district is the only rail-head in the state of Mizoram and hence called “the rail-head of Mizoram”. Bairabi is situated at a distance of 130 kilometers from the capital city of Aizawl.

National Highways 54, National Highways 40 and National Highways 150 connects Aizawl city with the rest of the country.