OFF BEAT GOA

Airports India - - NEWS - TEXT: KE­SHAV CHOUBEY

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

Laid­back Goa

Pad­dle-boat­ing in the back­wa­ters

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