Of all the villages we have traversed and marked with our footprints and our inquisitiveness, Curdi is by far the most mysterious and the most beautiful of them all with a story like none other. Curdi perhaps hasn't made its mark on the global map, but for Goa it's a prized jewel, owing to its rich history full of kings and its hallmark sacrifice for the Salaulim Dam, independent Goa's first major project that took shape under liberated Goa's first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1965. Curdi bore the brunt and submerged completely under water, which resulted in the relocation of about 400 villagers.
The most fascinating part of Curdi's tale though, is its resurfacing that happens every summer from April to June, when the water dries up due to the heat. During this time the residents of this village travel back, back in time to walk through the ruins of the houses they left, to adore their Tulasi and crossed they prayed. Houses are now ruins and bare walls, however the temple has survived, and with some temporary refurbishments the villages get together for the festival celebrations and memories of the time gone by.
Curdi has witnessed Kadamba kings, famous musicians and has been an integral part of Goa's history. To continue the story one temple of Xth Century was salvaged and shifted to another location brick by brick.
In this trail we will visit the lost village of Curdi, the salvaged temple at Xelpem and a shrine dedicated to the tiger god in Malkarne. We will talk about the making of the older settlements, the idiosyncrasies of the people, and understanding them in an archaeological context by Sawani.
What is included in the tour
- Guided Trail
- Authentic Local Lunch
- Soul Travelling Goodies
- First Aid / Medical kit
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Reconnecting With The Lost Village of Curdi
Shrine of the tiger god
Salvaged temple of Xelpem.
The Tour is Curated in Collaboration with Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy