OFF BEAT GOA
Aweek or two spent revelling in the languid luxury of Goa’s sunny sosegado, or susegad, a Portuguese colonial-era term roughly translated as ‘laid-backness,’ is one not to be missed on any hectic visit to mammoth, fascinating, often impossibly frenetic India. Instead of packing in every beach and tourist attraction, stand back, take a chill pill and explore the Goa off the beaten track. Goa is lots more than resorts and beach parties, this serene state has many mysteries waiting to be discovered.
NETRAVALLI’S BUBBLING LAKE:
Budbud or Budbudyachi Tali or simply bubbling lake, is a sacred pond located in the compound of old Gopinath temple situated in the tranquility of a Goan village known as Netravali in Sanguem district. The name Budbud is derived from the constant bubbles coming out from the surface of the lake, and upon clapping, the bubbles grow in size and live springs suddenly gush out in an amazing spectacle.
The bubbles keep increasing with the intensity of your clapping. At the centre of the tank you see a square laterite stone slab, and the gurgling bubbles emerging on their own from the depths of the tank seem quite spooky. According to folklore, the lake’s resident deities had magical powers that rendered the pool of water with healing bubbles, while scientists believe that the actual reason for this bubbling is
Bubbling lake, Budbudache taal
Paddle-boating in the backwaters