Activities & Attractions Around Arco Iris - Curtorim

Arco Iris is located in Curtorim, a quiet village in South Goa, about 7 kilometres to the east of Margao.  The village is dotted with seasonal lakes and paddy fields and is often referred to as the “Granary of Goa”. Besides being popular with bird watchers and the attendant photo shoot opportunities that it affords, Curtorim and its adjoining villages house several places of historical interest.

Rachol Seminary, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Rachol Seminary

This is an ideal place to spend a peaceful, reflective morning. It is an excellent way to get a feel for the religious history of Goa, with artwork dating back hundreds of years.

Corjim Lake, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Colva/ Benaulim/Varca Beaches  

The beaches of South Goa are much more peaceful compared with North Goa. You can spend an evening at the Colva beach which is 12 kilometres from Arco Iris.

Palacio De Deao, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Palacio De Deao

The 400-year-old Palacio De Deao is about 15 kilometres away from Arco Iris. The garden around the palace is said to be the best in the state. 

River Zuari, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Zuari River 

You could also walk to the Zuari river and go on a boat ride, to experience a slice of Goa’s hinterland that exists quietly.

Beaches, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Colva/ Benaulim/Varca Beaches  

The beaches of South Goa are much more peaceful compared with North Goa. You can spend an evening at the Colva beach which is 12 kilometres from Arco Iris.

Mapusa Market, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Mapusa

The bustling local, weekly market Mapusa is a must for anyone interested in food. Stalls heaped with baskets of beautiful aromatic spices, the fish market with a dazzling array of everything from green-lipped mussels to King Fish; rows of tropical fruit – a real treat!

Braganza Mansion, Arco Iris - 19th C, Curtorim Goa

Braganza Mansion 

At 450, this is one of Goa’s oldest houses in the village of Chandor and was built by one of its richest families – as the Ming Dynasty vases, the crystal chandeliers and the vast collection of antique furniture reveal. Though the families still live there, they are open to giving visitors a tour and explain the history of the house. The gun holes which were used for defence against attackers in the olden days are still intact.