Enclosed in scenic beauty and nature Chorla Ghat is located on the intersection of the borders of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. It lies to the north-east of Goa (about 50 kilometers by road from Panaji and 65KM from Calangute). It is a part of the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri mountain range and is at an elevation of 800 meters and around 2000 ft above the sea level. Chorla ghat boasts of a few rare species of wild-life such as the barred wolf snake (Lycodon striatus) in its sub-tropical forests. The best time to visit Chorla Ghat is from August till October when the rain is just at its peak or subsiding, Chorla ghat is a tropical forest and now a eco-tourism destination. There are many waterfalls around the area. Guests love to explore that, do bird watching, butterfly watching and just enjoy a completely cut off and nature centric feel. While you travel to Choral Ghat from Goa by road it is very important to make sure that your vehicle has fog lights fitted on since the road on top is always covered with dense fog specially early morning, early evening and late at night, the rains would add more difficulty in visibility. In case you have the habit of munching while travelling then you carry your own food and water as there seldom any restaurants you will find on the way.
Chorla Ghat is always crowded with local tourists especially in the weekends you will find many of them drinking and creating nuisance it is advisable to not to argue with them as they are not in the mood of listening to you and it might backfire. Although the police have made enough arrangements to take care of these miscreants but still it is better safe than be sorry, but this does not mean you should avoid visiting this beautiful place because of such petty events. Hanumantrao Desai, excise inspector of Valpoi Mentioned that “We have employed additional staff to curtail liquor consumption but visitors manage to get liquor through various sources. We are doing our best to stop illegal liquor in the Chorla ghat area.” Nilesh Shetkar, a youth activist from Shiroli who is involved in a cleanliness drive in the Chorla ghat for the last three years said, “It is a farce the way government officials check visitors and hence there is no improvement in decorum and discipline. Shouting, eve teasing, consuming alcohol in the sanctuary and dumping garbage are an everyday affair.” (Source TOI)
There is one more thing you should always be careful of while driving down to Chorla Ghat especially in monsoon, never park your car under the tree or take shelter of tree as there are many incidences where tree gets uprooted in the rainy days, this could also create lots of hurdles if you are travelling in night time with your car and that to with family, make sure that you travel in group to avoid getting stuck in the middle of Ghat in the dark with no light and help around as this could be very risky. I have experienced such incidence once while travelling back from Chorla Ghat in the middle of night with friends and there was small tree was fallen in the middle of the road but fornunatly there were some more vehicles and trucks which were passing by and with the help of more than dozen of people we could manage to clear the road, image you had to wait in such situation with family for the help to reach you.
Tourist come to this place to elope into the scenic beauty of Chorla Ghat and enjoy the waterfalls which is the main attraction of this place but if you take certain measures then you can have the best experience and would want to visit this place again and again. Goa Prism’s effort to give first hand information and making visitors cautious will be fulfilled then………please do post your experience along with the photographs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/goaprism/ you can also write us on [email protected] along with your photos and we will publish it in our future issue along with the proper credits to you and the published article will also receive the free subscription of Goa Prism for one year. So please go ahead and pen down your experience.