Dodamarg :- a sight full of Nature’s Bounty
Dodamarg , a taluka place at Southern end of Sindhudurg District, has beautiful rural surroundings significant from tourism point of view. No sooner has it been famous as a tourist centre than it is widely known for the advent of wild elephants entering there from the forests on the southern Karnataka. There are many attractive view points like Unneyi Bandharam, inter-state project of Tilari Dam, Rock Garden, the fort of Pargad & Hunumant Gad, Tervan Medhe, Kasainath Hill, Devotional Places of faith like Nagnath Temple and so an. The whole vicinity of Dodamarg is full of Neture’s bounty, sp as to attract more and more tourists day by day.
MANGELI : THE SCENIC VILLAGE
A Picturesque village named Mangeli at the eastern end Dodamarg Taluka as well as on the border of Karnataka state is a worth visiting sight. It’s surroundings are full of hustle and bustle of wild elephants coming there from the forest area of Karnataka and roaming about and damaging agricultural and coconut plantations. Besides, Mangeli is famous for different medicinal herbs. The village is surrounded by high hills. Beautiful falls, flowing down pleasantly add to the natural beauty of this far off calm and quiet rural locality.
TILARI DAM PROJECT
The well-know inter State Dam Project taken up under the common auspices of Irrigation Dept. of Goa & Maharashtra State Govt. The Dam is constructed on Tilari river in Dodamarg Taluka. The large lake or reservoir formed by the Tilari Dam is sight of charm and enchantment for viewers. Now-a-days, a number of wild elephants take shelter in the surroundings of Tilari. Therefore it is considered as a Sanctuary of elephants. The Dam and the lake at the distance of 45km from Goa State, attract more and more tourists as well as observers.
TILARI ROCK GARDEN
Beside the Inter-State Irrigation Dam Project at Tilari, an attractive and well equipped Rock Garden is created especially for the tourists longing to enjoy the alluring, panaromical view of the green foliage of the forest around.
THE PARGAD FORT
This is one of the historically significant forts, Built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1674 to 1676 AD, on adjoining borders of Kolhapur & Sindhudurg Districts. Structurally it looks like a conch-shell. The fort was suitable to keep watch on the movement of the enemy in Goa as well as Konkan. At first it was in charge of Tanaji Malusare, a faithful follower of King Shivaji and his son Rayaba, who successfully faced the attack made by Muajjam Sarkar, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s son. As the fort remained undefeated it is called “Ajinkyatara” in South-India. Today even there are local people who bear the surname “Malusare”. The Pargad fort is yet shout enough with cannons and huge bastions in good position. There is a temple of Goddess Bhavani which is renovated twice. A wonderful thing to note about this temple is that the sun-rays directly touch the idol of the goddess throughout the year. There are 350 stone-steps leading to the highland of the Fort. Another wonder inside the fort is also worth mentioning. There are 5 lakes ever full of water that never get dried up. Thousands of tourists from Belgaum, Goa, Kolhapur and other places visit this fort.
WIRDI FALL : Untouched Sight for Adventurers
The Wirdi fall in Dodamarg Taluka is so far an untouched site, at the distance of 20km from Dodamarg Taluka place. Wirdi is a village situated at the southern most end of Sindhudurg District on common borders of Goa and Karnataka. Actually the Wirdi fall is a part of rivulet which flows through Karnataka territory just at the distance of 5km from the village proper. As the forceful stream reaches the border of Maharashtra it turns into a fall there.
The side of the fall is too hilly and hazardous to reach there It’s a challenge for adventurous visitors to approach rocky spot. One has also to cross many brooklets and rushing streams in the way. During rainy season it is almost impossible to make approach there. It is therefore advisable to try to visit it when the monsoon is over. (i.e. from October-November onwards.)