Saturday, 6 June 2015

Interesting Places in St. Cruz - Char Khabbe (Four Pillars)

St. Cruz has several places of interest, Almacho Khuris (Souls Cross), Saint Anthony's Chappel, Char Khabbe (Four Pillars), etc.. In this post I am sharing to you about this place called 'Char Khabbe (Four Pillars)'.

The four pillars, popularly known as Char Khambe are half way on the old road from Santa Cruz to Panaji. Physically, the site acts as a buffer between the hectic urban environment of Panaji and the serene village environs of Santa Cruz. The place, a part of the unique Goan landscape, is very fragile and irreplaceable in nature and any thoughtless human intervention can cause drastic and irreparable consequential damage in the long run. The site is a low-lying tidal flood plain and is part of the natural drainage pattern during the rains on account of the surrounding topography. The marshy wetland is a host to mangrove vegetation which plays a definite role in the maintenance of vital ecological balance. The place is also a popular habitat to a wide variety of local and migratory birds and is a bird-watcher's delight. It is quite common to find researchers and bird lovers from distant countries here, with their cameras trained. During the Portuguese rule, the freedom fighters gathered here and held meetings, discussions, etc.. making it a very important landmark of Goa. This place also marks the start of the Vasantrao S. Dempo Marg. This road stretches upto 2 kms. This road is named after late Shri Vasantrao Sinai Dempo, who is the Founder Chairman of the Dempo Group of Industries.

In the next post I shall share more information about the places of interest in St. Cruz. Till then... Thank You.

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