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Rock art in Goa!

Goa needs no introduction. While everyone throngs to Goa for its beaches, not many know about its other wonders. Did you know that Goa is home to the oldest rocks of the Indian subcontinent?
Today Goa is also on the map of rock art led by a discovery of rare Stone Age rock carvings in Kevan-Dhadole, Usgalimal of Pirla village in Sanguem Taluka. Its 15 kms south of Rivona in South Goa. While Rock art first came into existence in the world almost about 50000 years ago, it was discovered in this site as late as 1993. You can find animal engravings like bull, deer, gaur, religious symbols, cosmology items and fertility icons among others. The site has a surreal look beside the river Kushavati.

Spice Plantations at Ponda

Visit Sahkari Spice farm located in Curti in Ponda. It’s a private farm and not a cooperative as the name might suggest. Start with a tour of the premises. You are welcomed with lemon grass tea and some cashews. Well informed guides take you around the 130-acre spice farm. You will get to see cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbs, fruits, arecanut, betel and other medicinal plant. The tour ends with a typical Goan Saraswat buffet lunch. Post lunch, take an elephant ride in the farm before departing.

Pre-Portuguese architecture

For a snapshot of pre-Portuguese religious architecture, you can visit Tamdi Surla. It features Kadamba temple architecture of the 12th century. If you go in the monsoons, the temple resembles an amethyst sculpture due to its unique purplish hue. The temple stands on ten finely ornamented monolithic pillars and the design uses male-female stone joints to fit the slabs and corners. After the temple you can visit Molem national park and the Zoo at Bondla nearby.

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  • Pros:Natural beauty, simple people,
  • Cons:crowd, touristy
  • In a nutshell:Goa is a trasure trove beyond beaches
  • Last visit to Goa: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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