Nerul Village, Goa
The village of Nerul in Goa is known for its groundnuts, sweet potatoes, watermelons and salt. It's sandy soil gives good yield of vegetable products. The land was reclaimed from the bed of the river and therefore the alluvial soil is fertile. Those who live near the shore are mainly occupied in fishing, others in agriculture, salt extraction, toddy tapping and menial work. Once there were industries like boat building, salt extraction, etc. Nerul contributed substantially to the export of salt of around 30- 50 thousand tonnes that Goa exported in those days.
Entering the village from Verem, one encounters pretty cottages on both sides of the road. Just before reaching the church, visitors encounter some imposing mansions having Portuguese influence on architecture and their interior resemble European designs. The villagers make their living by selling fish, rearing cattle, extracting salt, renting fruit bearing trees and selling fruits.
The Nerul Church
Our Lady of Remedies church ,Nerul, was founded in 1569.The church proudly displays some old paintings on wooden panels and on walls. The church celebrates its feast on the last sunday of October
The Our Lady of Remedios School is run by the Mission Sisters Of Ajmer, under the Goa Board of Secondary and HIgher Secondary Education and conducts classes from Lower KG upto SSC.
Coco beach is located at the mouth of the Mandovi river opposite to the Panaji bank. The beach is home to a local fishing community who can regularly be seen hauling nets and boats along the beach especially in the mornings. Located close to the beach is the Reis Magos church and the Reis Magos fort. The beach is located at a distance of 5 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Mapusa.
A short distance away from the beach one can find many tour boats anchored in the bay at the mouth of the Nerul river. These are used by operators to take tourists on dolphin sighting tours. The tour route stretches from the bay right up to the base of Aguada fort and offers a great view of Aguada fort, Aguada prison and the lighthouse.