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Explore Xeldem

Hello there!

I am Xeldem, a small tribal village close to the capital of Goa, Panjim. Honestly, I don’t think I could have got the chance to write to you if not for the day for the letter “X”. Every year Panjim welcomes millions of tourists. They come to see the beautiful Portuguese churches in the old city, party in the floating casinos of Mandovi river, and explore the amazing Goan vibes. Some people visit the Portuguese neighborhood called Fountainhas for a walk down the memory lane. But hardly anybody knows about me. That’s not a bad thing. I am glad to share this little secret of the popular Goa with you. That secret is none other than me – Xeldem village.

I am just a lazy tribal village across the sea. Here you can walk barefoot on the beaches, watch the sunset even in the peak season of December, without the crowd. But the best thing to do here is to attend the tribal festival of Goa. The Christian Adivasi community of Goa organizes the Xeldem festival every year to showcase their art and music. Many different tribes come to the festival to showcase their culture and traditions. This is a way to preserve and rejuvenate their traditional livelihood. Some of them are trying to preserve the spice plantations, some sell their handicrafts, instruments and other stuff. You will be amazed by the colors and diversity of goods on display. This ranges from palm leaf mats (Mol’ la), brooms, fashion accessories, and textiles.

The event is usually held in January every year, which is also the peak season for Goa tourism. You will enjoy a great weather around this time to explore the village. The best place to stay would be Margao. She is the cultural capital of Goa and a lot more serene than the political capital Panjim. The best places to visit in Margao are Colva beach, Bogmalo beach, Damodar Temple and Our Lady of Grace Church. Even Panjim is just 50 km away from me. So even if you are staying in a happening locality of New Panjim near the Mandovi River, you can come to visit me for a day.

I hope you will visit me on your next Goa trip, now that you know about me. Won’t you?

Yours truly,

Xeldem

Blogger’s Notes

This is probably the shortest post on this blog. I got all the information and the photo on the postcard from the Goa tourism website. I am just thankful that I found such a beautiful place for the letter X in India and I certainly look forward to attending the Xeldem festival next year. This post is a part of the BlogchatterA2Z series where I am writing on the theme of offbeat travel in India. Subscribe to our weekly newsletters and keep following the series Postcards from India.

12 Comments

  1. Sonia Chatterjee April 27, 2020

    Wow, so near to Goa yet people hardly know this tribal village. The name itself was new to me. I was wondering what x could be since there’s hardly any place with this letter. Very well written.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 28, 2020

      Thanks Sonia! I haven’t visited it too, so keenly lookin forward to a south Goa trip as soon as the lockdown is over.

  2. PraGun April 27, 2020

    Wow never knew of Xeldem, even having visited Goa so many times, I now feel I missed a lot. so next goa trip xeldem is on the list.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 28, 2020

      Thanks Pragun! Same for me.

  3. Shubhra Rastogi April 28, 2020

    I look forward to visit the Xeldem festival also. The beach looks pristine.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 28, 2020

      Thanks Shubhra!

  4. sundeep ananth dubey April 28, 2020

    Beautiful place, beautiful pictures. I will be planning for goa soon and will definitely visit this place.

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  5. Jyoti Jha April 28, 2020

    Whereas the hubs get all the attention, thank you for bringing out a lovely small tribal village from Goa and introducing it so wonderfully. Would so love to visit it!

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  6. Ajit April 28, 2020

    This is wonderful. I am intrigued by the palm leaves mats. Haven’t been to Goa yet. But now I know that there’s an offbeat, great place to visit apart from the usual jaunts.

    Thanks for this post.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 28, 2020

      Thanks! South Goa is very serene

  7. Anagha Yatin April 28, 2020

    A gem waiting to be discovered, nestled in the lap of nature is what I could sum up about Xeldem.

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  8. Noor Anand Chawla April 28, 2020

    Wow I would’ve totally missed this lovely place had it not been for your blog post!

    Reply

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