This Goa village is attracting tourists for a different reason
This village is visible only for a few days while remaining submerged under dam water for rest of the year.
Goa is famous for its pristine beaches, nightlife, and parties, but there is one village which stands out. The reason why Curdi village is special is that it is visible only for a few days while remaining submerged under dam water for the rest of the year.
Tourists and the original inhabitants of Curdi come to visit the place in the month of May, when the water-level recedes, exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple's remnants, much to the delight of domestic as well as foreign visitors.
But this hubbub doesn’t last long, the moment monsoons knock the doors of this tiny village, it disappears once again – much to the displeasure of the visitors.
Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families.
However, its natives agreed to "sacrifice" their home in the late 1970s when the then chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced the construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI.
The residents who sacrificed their homes for this dam recount this emotional moment. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water. "It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make," he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.
The dam was completed in the year 2000.
This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa, making this village visible for longer than usual, but the state water resources department's executive engineer K K Ravindran said that it will be over soon. "If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village will be get submerged," he said.
Locals said that before being submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.