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Goan Villages

goan_villagesAsk a Goan where he (or she!) is from and the name of the person’s ancestral village will automatically be mentioned. Goan’s have strong ties to their villages and continue to maintain their links with them. Because Goa is such a small place, Goans are never far away from their ancestral villages. Goan villages often have their own peculiar festivals and traditions that continue to be zealously preserved even today. If you still have that strong bond with your village and would like to help it, one way would be by helping out its youth gain access to better education.



AFTER a pretty long sabbatical I was visited by the itch to hit the rural roads once again, before the rains. The quaint road slithered snakelike into the green, idyllic innards of a pristine village called Dhargalim. Unlike my previous visit, I didn’t have to drive along the ramshackle steel-bridge …

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Xerkamcho Ghontter * By Joel D’Souza Quite early, on a misty morning in October, the smell of newly harvested paddy had already filled the air, in the picturesque Ucassaim village in Bardez. Paddy fields stretch across the low-lying northern half of the village, which virtually ends in what looks like …

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Time-locked Tamboxem This perennially tranquil and cool village has an unfading appeal. By Alister Miranda If you are a nature freak, the 26-km drive from Mapusa to Tamboxem will undoubtedly be for you an exhilarating experience. Rolling hillsides, dipping valleys will fly past as you zoom through on the well …

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The Heady ‘Kick’ of Querim The pick of Pernem taluka, this village is avowedly the legendary Jivbadada Kerkar’s creation By Alister Miranda Welcome to the balmy spendour of Querim. The pick of Pernem taluka, it is the last village before ferrying across to Terekhol, the North-West frontier of Goa. The …

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By Alister Miranda Blessed with a gorgeous beach, immense arboreal wealth in its hills, springs, sweet water lakes and a hardworking populace, Arambol could arguably be rated as Goa’s most magnificent village. It is a bountiful bundle of natural beauty enveloped in traditional Goan rusticity. A 12-kilometre drive from Chopdem …

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Majorda Southern Pioneers South  Goa’s seaside  village of Majorda draws pride due to her pristine beach, famed musicians, enterprising bakers and tasty watermelons. Majordekars brought “pao” for Bardezkars. From the silvery coast inwards, the extensive Salcette village, a leaf green, unending palmgrove, throws up variegated views of its lovely landscape. Blame it on the South Central …

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  Cortalim (“Kuttale”) in the Mormugao taluka nestles on the south bank of the Zuari about eight km east of Dabolim airport. The village stands midway between Margao and Vasco-da-Gama and is linked to Agasaim and Panjim in the north by a bridge over the river Zuari where the four-car …

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Talaulim, well and truly, stands tall among the Goan villages By Alister Miranda Quietude is the welcoming hug one gets on entering Talaulim. Serenity is your constant companion as you scout around the scenic village. Bucolic at heart, its crescent shape is delineated by thickly forested hills on one side …

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Goa Velha


A Glorious Past A graphic portrayal of the historical village of Goa Velha Rinea Dourado Goa Velha – literally meaning Old Goa, being already old when the present named Old Goa or Velha Goa was still young and flourishing, is a historically rich village. It was once the capital and …

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Hoary Gandaulim Once the abode of the tribal Gaudas, this historical village also has Croatian links By Alister Miranda Its small, its quaint, its picturesque. Laid back Gandaulim lives in the shadow of ‘churchy’ Old Goa, which lies just three kilometres away. Entrenched along the Cumbarjua canal, Gaundale, as it …

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