What if we told you, there’s a village in Goa that is visible only for a month every year and then disappears soon after? Wondering how? Read on to know more. By Amitha Ameen
A tiny village in Goa called Kurdi village is known for its picturesque beaches and Portuguese styled houses. But that is not what attracts hordes of tourists to this quaint village. This village magically appears for a few days every summer and then disappears for the next 11 months.
The village of Kurdi in Goa was once a bustling village that was home to more than 600 families but now remains underwater for most of the year. So what exactly happened? According to the locals, Goa’s first dam was built in 1986, the same year that the village was completed submerged. Apparently, the water from the dam flooded and eventually submerged the nearby village of Kurdi, bringing it to its current state over the years.
The village which was earlier covered with stretches of lush green paddy fields, mango, coconut, and cashew trees now displays an entirely contrasting picture with eroded remnants, tree stumps, broken buildings, and largely barren land, when it reveals itself every year during May.
The dam was an ambitious project undertaken by the government to provide water for most of South Goa. However the water from the dam was never able to reach the village for the intended purposes, and the original inhabitants were unable to move back to their homes due to the submerging of the village.
The locals, however, were provided with land and compensation in nearby villages, but still had to build their homes from scratch and continue to visit Kurdi every year during May when the water level recedes.