Rock cut caves known as Arvalem caves ( harvalem caves) and it’s situated within 1km from Arvalem water falls in Goa . Its also called as pandva caves and its from 6th century, This places is less crowded place and one of the unexplored place in Goa.
Pandavas sought refuge in this caves during exile as per Mahabarata. People says during the 12 years exile, pandava brothers were lived here. 5 portions available and a Linga is placed in the middle portion . The cave is small and not a big one.
Paintings or architectural sculptures not found in this cave , the plain rustic look is classic hence it stand out different from other historical caves. Localities says that this caves belongs to Buddhists and because of the linga placed in the caves people also says it was created by Brahmins.
The entire caves was mined out of single large rock and the entrance is supported with pillars for each compartments / portions of this cave and of the must visit place in Goa.
How to reach Arvalem Caves:
Bus facility available and need to catch Buses from Panjim or Mapusa (Bicholim) to Arvalem by reaching Sanquelim village . Need to take an auto or cab from Sanquelim village to Arvalem water fall – travel one more kilo meter to reach Arvalem caves.
Its about 2Kms from Sanquelim village and 9 kms from Bicholim.
Timings to visit Arvalem Caves :
Caves are open for public from 9am to 1pm and then from 2pm to 5pm daily.
Attractions near Arvalem Caves :
Most important attractions are
- Mayem Lake, Goa – Its located 20 kms from Mapusa
- Arvalem Watetfall, Goa – One of the Famous waterfall in Goa