Blessed with waterfalls and natural spring water, the villages of Salgini, Tudav, Verle and Ravanadongor in Sanguem attract tourists and nature lovers.
The beach tourism of Goa may have ended at the onset of monsoons in the state. But the tourism season for Sanguem and its mountain ranges has just begun. The most famous Mainapi and Sawri waterfalls and the mystified villages of Salgini, Tudav and Verle and the naturally rich Ravanadongor are some of the spots which are attracting lots of tourists to the place. People from all over Goa have begun to flock to the villages to enjoy the nature.
Sitting on the border of Goa and Karnataka there are several touristic spots in these hilly and mountainous areas of Sanguem which not even many Goans have a clue of. However, once monsoon hits Goa these places gain lot of attention from avid adventurists and naturalists. The villages of Tudav, Salgini and Verle still don’t have enough facilities for good standard of living. After getting to Netravalli, one has to go through a Forest Check Post where the entire vehicle is checked and cleared for entry, leading the way to the Mainapi waterfall.
To make the adventure simpler for the visitors, a short cut walkway through the jungles has also been made by the forest department. They also charge a minimum charge.
According to the information provided by the Forest Department over 20,000 tourists visited the villages. One of the villages on the mountain top is Tudava which has never experienced water shortage. The reason is an unprecedented supply of natural spring water.
The people of the Verle Village have also experimented and succeeded in growing strawberries. Projects like poly houses for orchids and other plantations can be carried out with ease in this village.
Walking for 10 kilometres ahead from Salgini village one gets to the border Village of Goa and Karnataka state. Tirval village is so remote that there is no road, no power, no water or any basic facilities for its residents. All they have is a cave which has a perennial supply of water. Even after having several problems the villagers have made honest attempts to develop this village for tourism.