Amthane Dam, Pirna Bicholim

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Amthane Dam is one of the beautiful places around Goa that is still quiet and peaceful away from the other tourist hotspots. Amthane dam is not the most popular tourist destination in Goa therefore the virgin beauty of the place still remains unaffected. Amthane dam is the perfect place to relax. One can leave their Goa hotel early in the morning to visit Amthane dam and come back to their hotel in Goa later in the evening. The actual dam of Amthane provides water to Sanquelim treatment plant where it is treated and made fit for consumption. Though the dam itself is not very big but the catchment area provides a very beautiful view and one can also gaze at the beauty of the Sahyadri range from the mouth of the dam.
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The Sahayadris are covered with lush green forests which give an absolutely spectacular view from the Amthane dam. It is not yet developed for tourists and picnickers but is a nice place to unwind. The Amthane dam can be visited by taking the left side of the fork from the Assonora bridge instead of driving to Bicholim. For accommodation here one can get an eco resort in Sal that offers food and stay.

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Pic: Vaibhav Bhagat

How to Reach: To get to the Amthane Dam one can enjoy the drive from Margao or Panaji. Its exactly located at near Dodamarg, after pirna in Salem Village. You can hire a taxi or motorbike to reach from any location in Goa. local buses dont go till the dam, it just stop by at Dodamarg or Pirne village, so further journey of nearly 6 to 7 km you need to make by auto rickshaw or taxi.So local buses is not a good option. So it will be better if you make your journey to this dam via Bike or Car or hire a Taxi. Thivim railway Station is ok if you are coming via local but main trains halts at Margao railway Station.

Distance:
38.6 km from Panaji via Colvale to Salem – 55mins
62 km from Dabolim Airport via Colvale to Salem – 1hr 21mins
71.2 km from Margao Railway Station via Colvale to Salem – 1hr 37mins
15.9 km from Thivim Railway Station via Assnora to Salem – 30mins

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