Surla Waterfall

Falls of the Beloved.

Deep in the Western Sahyadri range at an elevation of 800 m in northeast Goa is perched its highest village, Surla. Access to this remote outpost involves a steep climb up the winding mountain pass of Chorla Ghat, and then a brief foray across the state border into Karnataka before a forked path leads back into Goa to this speck of a village. There are expansive views to be had from the lookout here, and the vistas are especially high on drama during the monsoons when the romance of water and wind is at its peak. Last month I made 3 excursions in the space of a week to this enchanting location.

This waterfall seen from Surla (pronounced like the French ‘sur la table’) is known by its Konkani name Ladkyacho Vozar, meaning “Falls of the Beloved.” A short video clip below gives a sense of the mood.

Ladkyacho vozar (waterfall) seen from Surla, Goa

Ladkyacho vozar near Surla, Goa
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

Ladkyacho vozar waterfall in the Western Sahyadris

Ladkyacho vozar in the Western Sahyadris of Goa
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II


A larger version may be seen here.

  • Pronoy Baidya - April 10, 2015 - 11:28 am

    Lovely photograph. I have been working in the village of Surla on a wildlife project for the past 3 years now. Feels great to see that you have had such a lovely experience there. This village and its surrounding forests are unparalleled!ReplyCancel

  • sahil kapor - September 16, 2014 - 4:45 am

    Very nice blog. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am also planning to do some adventure activities near goa- karnataka border .If anybody wants to join me for the trip feel free to contact me.
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  • Ayush Kerkar - April 14, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Very good photo.ReplyCancel

  • The Gardener - September 6, 2013 - 5:31 am

    Such a wonderful sight magnificently captured in camera. The lighting captured in the first photo is really great!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rahul Tripathi - September 4, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Dear Rajan
    One of the most enthralling view of the place, captured in a poetic manner.Thanks for the visual treatReplyCancel

  • VM - September 3, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    Wow. That second shot is one of the most beautiful landscape images I’ve ever seen of Goa…well done.ReplyCancel

  • Hitesh Gusani - September 3, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Excellent place and great capture of the waterfall, did you use some filter for the red flame type of effect or was it done in post processing? Thanks for sharing the place info, its on my TO visit places in near future…ReplyCancel

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