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!