The month of December is filled with crazy fun with so many birthdays lined up Holiday season end of the year parties and the wedding season, all the shenanigans can get a bit chaotic. And if you are a peace lover then it all sure can get overwhelming.
Thus here’s a place we found for you to retreat to when city life gets too much for you. A peaceful retreat from the city in the city itself. Khotachiwadi is a silent secret of the city that has been kept under wraps to keep it authentic for it’s being.
Khotachiwadi is a 200 year old Portuguese style heritage village in Girgam, South Mumbai. Its fascinating history, narrow lanes and colourful houses have brought this hamlet a lot of attention and was declared a protected historical precinct in 1995. The reason of the acclaim for khotachiwadi is that people appreciate to see how things looked like a century ago, since the houses and character of this district remain well preserved. It was founded by a local named Khot in the 18th century and translates to ‘Garden of Khot’ in Marathi.
The area would consist of 65 houses when first founded in the 18th century, but since the number of houses have come down. Now there remain about 28 houses that were built over 100 years ago. Around the area lie many small businesses, old timely houses and religious institutions. Chatholics are wide spread here, giving Khotachiwadi a very Goa kinda-vibe. There is a chapel here and alongside a mural depicting the Virgin Mary with infant Jesus. The chapel was constructed around 1900, as an offering of thanks by the villagers who survived the plague.
If you go in the afternoon, you will also be greeted by the smell of the Konkan and Goan cuisine, particularly of fish being cooked in the kitchens. From Charni Road, walk towards Theresa Church, take a right turn and walk for a few hundred meters where you will find a small bylane with a board spelling out ‘Khotachiwadi.’ Take that inconspicuous bylane, and in a few minutes, you will be out of the noise and the push of the metropolis.
This is truly the escape from the city you were seeking.