If you feel that you’ve had enough of the beaches in Goa, and need some place peaceful for a relaxed afternoon, head to the Salaulim Dam in South Goa. This one’s an unexplored part of Goa, one that will take you by a pleasant surprise.
The Salaulim Dam is an engineering marvel, located right on the Salaulim river, a tributary of Zuari river. It’s about five kilometres from Sanguem town; and has a rather important part to play as the entire South Goa gets its drinking water from here.
Salaulim Dam is a sight to behold; spread over an area of more than 24 square kilometres, the unending, vast expanse of water running down through a semi-circular outlet and splashing into a really deep chasm. It in fact, drops down to a height of around 140 feet. The curved rim-like structure is spectacular to look at, and is a beautiful reminder that the Arabian Sea isn’t the only form of water body in Goa capable of dramatic force.
It’s a perfect place for the shutterbugs to practice some photography. A great way to make the most of the trip here is to couple it with the Botanical Garden, on the other side of the dam. It’s great for picnics or even just to sit back and relax. The garden is designed like the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore, the similarity quite evident.
The backwaters of the Salaulim Dam are also an excellent site for birdwatching. The most commonly spotted ones are the cormorants and pied kingfishers. For a proper wildlife encounter, hop over to the nearby Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. The highlight of the park is the Saveri Waterfall and some more exotic bird species such as the racket tail drongo, greater flame-back woodpecker, green bee eaters, egrets, pond herons and several others species.