2 km away from Bicholim town in Goa, Lamgau Caves are well known Buddhist sites in the state. Lamgau, which translates into the village of Lamas or Buddhist monks, is home to a Buddhist cave dating back to 6 century AD. The presence of Lamgao caves in Goa is testament to the influence of Buddhism in the state in ancient times. In 2010 the caves were added to the Goa heritage circuit.
In the close proximity to the Lamgau cave, there exists a perennial spring the waters of which were earlier used for drinking purposes by the Buddhist monks who resided here.
Though it is not known when Buddhism was introduced in Goa, it is evident that Buddhism flourished for a considerable period of time there.
How to Reach Lamgau Caves
Air: Lamgau Caves are located 35 km east of Panjim, the capital city of Goa. The closest airport from the Lamgau Caves is the Dabolin Airport which is connected via air with major cities in India. Dabolin Airport is 60 km from Lamgau Caves.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Lamgau Caves is Thivim which is 10 km away. However, Madgaon railway junction, 57 km from Lamgau Caves, is the main railhead of Goa. You can get taxis or cabs from Madgaon to reach Lamgau Caves.
Road: Lamgau Caves can be accessed via road easily. Lamgau Caves are connected by motorable roads with major places in Goa. Several government and private buses operate daily from Lamgau Caves to different cities including Mapusa and Panaji.
Best Time to Visit Lamgau Caves
November to February are the best months to visit Lamgau Caves. During these months weather remains cool and pleasant.