Nature has its own way of conveying information. Did you know that there’s a village in Goa that only appears for a few days every summer and then vanishes? We understand how difficult it is for you to believe, just as it was for us.
However, this is true.
Curdi or Kurdi, a little village in Goa, has its own mystery and history, as it is only visible in the month of May each year and then vanishes for the remaining 11 months.
Curdi was once a prosperous hamlet community in the South Goa area, with around 600 families.
The Salaulim river runs through it, and it is tucked among the Western Ghats.
But all of that was in the past, as the charming hamlet sank beneath the waters.
It has been a ghost town since then.
It spends 11 months of the year submerged in the waters of the Salaulim Dam.
Just before the monsoons hit Goa in early June, the water levels decrease, and the village reappears for a brief period.
Not just Curdi, but over 17 villages in Goa’s Sanguem Taluka were also evacuated to create room for the Salaulim dam’s catchment area.
The dam was conceived in the late 1970s by Goa’s first chief minister.
Villagers were evacuated to the nearby villages of Velip and Valkini in 1983-84.
The inhabitants lived along the banks of the Kushavati River.
On a rocky ledge along the river’s edge, Someshwar Temple was erected.
It currently exists as a monument to the village that once surrounded it.
The village’s dwellings, temples, tunnels, and roads have all survived despite being buried for more than 35 years.
In one way or another, they’ll give up.
As a result, visiting Curdi is like visiting a forgotten piece of Goa’s past.
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