Lying on the National Highway 17
, Cuncolim is near the border of Salcette
taluk with Quepem taluk, in South Goa District
. A nerve center for Goa
´s Catholic community, it is bounded by Ambelim
(2 km) in the west, Sarzora
(4 km) in the north, Balli
(6 km) to the west and Velim (3 km) south.
The place had witnessed forceful religious conversion by the Portuguese. The Shantadurga Temple
– now located at Fatorpa
- was originally situated here and it was shifted to Fatorpa owing to the religious persecution by the Portuguese.
During the festival of Sontreos - conducted at the temple on the Panchami day in the month of Phalguna - the idol of Shantadurga is brought in a procession from Fatorpa to Cuncolim through the same old route by which the deity was brought to Fatorpa. The feast of Our Lady of Health is another major event in Cuncolim.
The century old chapel dedicated to martyrs of the religious persecution is a major attraction. Cuncolim has numerous rivulets and there are 12 small dams in this place for irrigation purposes. Betul Beach
, Mobor Beach
and Cavelossim Beach
are nearby tourist destinations.
is the nearest airport and Balli Railway Station
is the closest rail junction. The place is accessible from Quepem