Here's why you should plan a trip to Curdi Village this summer; the Atlantis of Goa!
Goa is a state of many wonders which leaves us curious for the unknown, everytime we delve into unfolding its many layers. If you spend a day with a local here, you'll know exactly how many stories, places and things you are still left to explore even after checklisting an all-inclusive Goan itinerary. So if you have a knack for sniffing out offbeat places which will catch your fancy and be an epic story to our collection, then you've gotta visit Curdi village!
Seated amidst the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a thriving village which housed over 600 families till 1983. Known for its sprawling beaches and Portuguese-era structures, Curdi remains submerged under the Salaulim Dam's water for the rest of year except for the month of May. Just before the monsoon hits Goa in early June, the water levels go down and the village resurfaces again for a while.
The construction of the Salaulim Dam began around 1975-1976 and since then, a few areas of the village started submerging under the waters here. The affected families migrated to the land that they were allotted at Vaade and Valkini but now when the water recedes, the original residents come together to visit their long-lost home.
Every year, the retreating water levels expose ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple which archaeologically dates back to the 10th–11th century of the Kadamba period, to the outer world. And to honour this temple which has stood the tides of time, quite literally, locals host a traditional festival in the temple's remnants. Once the monsoons embraces Goa, this low-lying village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under the gurgling waters of the Salaulim river.
This village was also home to the legendary classical singer, Padma Vibhushan Mogubai Kurdikar and her deluged home is still an attraction for visitors during peak summers.
Hopefully, this social distancing situation and the severity of the outbreak will calm down and fade into oblivion in the coming weeks. So while in quarantine right now, do your research, set up a plan and get calling your travel buddies for a trip to this locale, soon enough!
Florentine in Saligao is all about classic Goan flavours paired with cold beers & delectable desserts
People often mistake Goan food to be nothing more than fish, deep fried or grilled, much like they mistake the natural splendour here to only be restricted to beaches. However, Goa has so much more to offer than beach shacks when it comes to food and the best of Goan delicacies can be found at simple local restaurants that have mastered the flavours and the art of making local food.
For a foodie, going to Goa and not exploring the local cuisine here would be nothing less than a sin and when in the state we would suggest you not commit it.
Goa as a state has long been known as a treasure trove for anyone who seeks culture, natural splendour and good food. The praises for Goa's beaches, its churches and its Portuguese influenced architecture, bring lakhs of tourists to the state's shore. However, Goa isn't just home to splendid churches and European style architecture, one could also find the reminiscents of Indian architecture and ancient culture imbibed in the very heart of Goa.
After the COVID-19 chaos settles and fades into oblivion, of course we'd all be needing a trip which will make us forget these difficult times. We're honestly really done with being home all the time but that's the best thing we can do right now. So to put your wandering mind into good use, planning an elaborate trip to Goa is what you can work on!
Travelling to Goa would definitely require you to chalk out an itinerary but before all of that, sorting out your place of stay will be a priority. So if a luxurious accommodation with economical price-points is what you're browsing for, then Devarya Wellness in Morjim, is where you've gotta take a look!