Rachol, also known as Raitura is a village in Salcete, Goa, in south-western India. It is located on the left bank of the Zuari River and is home to the famous Rachol Seminary. The famous Portuguese colonial fort of Rachol has been completely erased, leaving behind the traces of the moat and the main gate. The village has many heritage structures and is an important site to study the history of Salcete. The Church of Our Lady of Snows (Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Neves) at Rachol is said to be the first church of Salcete and is called the Matriz of South Goa. Ilha de Rachol (Island of Rachol) is a part of the village.
Its very peaceful and quiet place in the world i have ever been to. The villagers are very helpful. The villages are simple and plant paddy rice fields and go fishing. The youth love to play football and cricket during their spare time. People are religious and less religious it depends on their fate. The majority of the people here are of christian faith. We live in harmony and share good and bad times with the neighbours.
Rachol features a tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification. Rachol, being in the tropical zone, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. The month of May is the hottest, seeing daytime temperatures of over 33 °C (93 °F). The monsoon rains arrive by early June and provide a much needed respite from the heat. Most of Rachol's annual rainfall is received through the monsoons, which last till late September.
The fishing is one of the most important and famous daily occupation of the fishermen and farmers. They really working very hard to bring the fresh and best fishes for their daily customers. We eat fish in our daily diet. We use different kinds of curry recipes made with fresh coconut and other famous indian spices. There is also night life and music is our life. We love to welcome the tourists and we invite people and they really enjoy visiting our little golden village.
When i felt stress or felt bit low i came here to sit down and i really felt so relieved and peaceful. Its like a paradise and no need to even think about anything. You just start feeling fresh and start over again. Life is beautiful. We all have our own memories in a home town wherever we were born there are so many beautiful small and big pleasures of life. I will never forget about it. The best days of my life in my village. I want to be reborn again in the same village for thousand births. Just want to end by saying what a wonderful world.
The rainy days of my school life i will always cherish. The bullock carts and the elderly old people were always filled with wisdom and really a great story tellers. I still miss the taste of my grandmothers homemade delicious food made with so much love and passion in it. The jackfruits in the garden the sweet mangoes on the ground we collected early morning. The pickles we used to make and fill the jars for the monsoon. The days go by so fast and as we grew older we only know how much we have enjoyed those young days of our lives. I wish our children will have the same childhood like we had. Village life is amazing. It taught me so many things to be wild and it teaches you to be more stronger and tough. It prepares one to go far in life. It makes you wiser and happier. My childhood has taught me so much and I am grateful to be born in the little Village Rachol.