Goa is well known for some manmade as well as natural caves. Take a look:

Arvalem Caves:
This is a popular place for the tourists and is also commonly known as the Pandava caves. These caves are quite ancient and are generally cut with rocks. In fact, the origin of the caves can be traced back to 6th or 7th century. It is believed that the Pandavas had taken refuge in these caves while they were in exile. It is believed that the architecture of the caves follows a Buddhist style though it is still ambiguous. Since these are beautiful rock cut caves, these are visited by large numbers of people from different corners of the world.

arvalem caves goaThere are five different compartments in the premise of the caves, and the middle compartment has a stone representing Lingas by the devotees. Some of the shafts of the caves resemble that of the caves of Ellora and Elephanta. The circular top of the Shivalinga is also quit attractive and there is an engraving written in Sanskrit and characters of Brahmi. It is not difficult to reach these caves, and on the way to the caves, the tourists can also visit the magnificent waterfall of Aravalem. This is also one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Goa.

Lamgau Caves:
These caves also comprise of a unique attraction in Goa, and therefore, these are visited by large numbers of tourists from different corners of the world. It is located quite close to Bicholim, and if you ever visit Goa, you must not miss out this famous cave. These caves are mainly formed of decomposed laterite, and these laterites are quite famous. However, if you visit these caves, you will find that these are incomplete caves, but still form a major attraction. These are rock cut caves that form the major attraction.

Lamgau Caves goaThese caves often form the main centre of the educational centers for different students. There are areca palms near the caves, and therefore, it is impossible to view the caves from a distance. There are two caves here that lie side by side and there is an attractive pavilion in one of these caves. This pavilion is like the structure in a sanctum, and there are minute and intricate cuts right at the beams and the ceilings. The second cave is larger than the first, and therefore, it often serves as a center during the rains.

Khandepar Caves:
These caves are basically free standing caves cut with rocks that form the major tourist attraction in Goa. The origin of these caves dates back to almost about 10th and 11th centuries, when the style of temples was mainly structural. These caves are located at Khandepar, in the northern part of Goa, and have been carved out of a hillock. Three caves lie side by side, and these are carved from a single block. There is a fourth cave that lies opposite to these caves at a little distance. All these caves look quite similar, and therefore, offer a wonderful view to the tourists, as a whole.

Khandepar Caves goaThe roofs of the caves are tiered, and these are built with blocks of laterite right on top of the main structure. These rock cut sanctuaries are considered to be the finest in India because the exterior and the interior features of the caves are simply wonderful. These are exquisitely designed, and the doors are made of wood and are provided with sockets, and these are of different sizes which might be utilized for lamp storage. The rock cut appearances in the caves also give a feeling of the origin of the cave during the Buddhist period.

Rivona Caves:
This has become a popular destination in Goa over the last few years, and plenty of fun and adventurous activities are carried out in these caves. These caves are located in Rivona, which is a beautiful village in Goa. It is located in the southern part of Goa at a distance of almost 5kms from Ponda. Often, these caves are also known as Pandava caves, and these were possibly dug by the Buddhist monks around 6th or 7th century. The historical value possessed by these caves is quite popular and it also possesses a deep religious value.

A pitha is carved out in the caves and these cuts are made of laterite. The entrance to the cave is also quite interesting. Often, tourists visiting these caves forget directions and therefore, it is always a wise idea to take advice regarding the directions of the caves. Therefore, if you are looking forward to a truly exciting and enriched experience, you should definitely pay a visit to these caves which has not become so popular today. The village is well connected by roads, and anyone visiting this village can easily reach the caves. Buddhist culture is greatly reflected through these caves.