GTDC Mayem Lake View Hotel, Goa
You will fall in love with this place. Situated among thickly
forested rolling green hills the area is known as Kalevana
or Black Forest. Mayem Lake View is
an eco-Hotel ideal for lovers, picnickers and just perfect for
the scholar, the poet, the artist or the writer who needs solitude
in a place of extreme and tranquil beauty. Mayem
is off the beaten track and blissful guests swear this is one
place they will return to again and again. Our cottages at Mayem
Residency are well furnished and comfortable with beautiful
vistas outside every window and balcony. The complex comes with
a restaurant which serves local as well as continental meals.
One can sit by the lake or go for long leisurely boat rides and
listen to the birds while drinking in the ambience of this lovely
quiet place. The best part of Mayem is the weather. A gentle cool
breeze blows throughout the day.
The drive to Mayem is fascinating as each
village unfolds, one more beautiful than the other. You pass small
neat houses and large gracious sprawling mansions. Time has not
changed much here in these villages. The Corjuem Fort
is an interesting stop to make. It is a low fort which has a 360
degree view of the surrounding villages. One can see as far as
Panjim too. The cable bridge which is 235-metre bridge
with its graceful pylon rising 45 metres into the blue sky is
lit with floodlights and is already a major tourist attraction.
One cannot help but stop, take a deep breath and commit the memory
of the view to the deepest recesses of your mind. This view is
spectacular, centuries old hills, vales and mangrove lined Mapusa
River with the graceful lines of the Corjuem
Bridge highlighting the natural beauty of the place.
The fort was actually just a vantage point
equipped with strong walls and cannon stations to repulse invaders
like Sambhaji. A strong square shape built of laterite steep slope
at the four corners rise up to the turrets where the cannons must
have been readied to rain shot down on pesky invaders. The fort
is said to have been built in 1705 by the Portuguese
and a small chapel sits to the right of the entrance itself.
Another must-visit site is the Saptakoteshwar
temple at Narve. which is dedicated to Lord Saptakoteshwara,
an incarnation of Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story of
this particular deity Lord Saptakoteshwar whose fortunes rose
and fell with those of Goa. He was deity originally
in a temple on Divar Island installed in that
temple by the Kadamba kings. After Goa
fell to the Sultans the deity was buried and later found and a
temple constructed for it on Divar Island. It
was moved to its present site after the temple on Divar island
was destroyed. Shivaji ordered its renovation at its present site
in 1688. The zatra of Saptakoteshwar takes place in April.