Guirim, a village in Goa that remains green throughout the year
Guirim is a tiny village just 3 kilometers away from Mapusa city in Goa. The village is also known as Girvoddea in the Konkani dialect. It is divided into 2 parts known as the Dhakttem Guirim and Vhoddlem Guirim and. The National Highway No. 17 runs through the middle of the village and divides it into two parts, the eastern part and the western part of the village.
Guirim is well known for its large areas of paddy fields where rice is cultivated during the monsoon, while in summer, plenty of vegetables, sweet potatoes, onion, water melons and maize are cultivated here. The village is also surrounded by large mango, oak and coconut trees and all these things keep the village green through out the year, which is a feast for those who are bored with the hard concrete life of the large towns and cities.
Life in the village is very simple and pleasant. The village boasts of the ancient Guirim Parish Church known as the St. Diogo Church which was built in 1604 by Fr. Miguel de Sam Boaventura. Every year in November, the feast of this church is celebrated with great gaiety and spirits. As one travels along the highway, one can see a huge cross known as the ‘Guirim Cross’ on the highway itself.
If you take the road by the side of the cross, it will take you directly to a small hill nearby which is very famous due to a school located here. Nearby there is a small shop that sells the cheapest leather sofas. A little further on the left side of the road there is another chapel known as the “Piadade Chapel”.
The village is also very famous for its nursery known as the “Mr.Farm”. In this nursery you can get various types of flowers and seeds. Many people from across Goa come to this nursery for buying plant seeds. There is also a small pool nearby where you can spend your time fishing. There is no problem for accommodation as the village boasts of a newly built hotel and some restaurants. The village is also famous for its wedding ceremonies and parties.
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