Monday, November 30, 2015

Usgalimal, a Prehistoric Site

There is more to Goa, it is just not beaches and churches. Usgalimal is a small village in the interiors of South Goa. This place very close to mining area is one of the most important prehistoric sites in India. To reach this place we had to ask lot of people for directions and little known place is a must visit.



To reach this place one has to walk across a small wooden bridge.  One can see lot of rock arts on the banks of river Kushavati that exhibit earliest traces of human settlement in India. They are approximately 20,000 to 30,000 years old. 



More than 100 distinct rock engravings are carved on laterite stones, spread an area of 500 sqm depicting images of bulls, peacock, labyrinths and human figures.



This art is outside the village, and a winding pathway leads to this place. It is about 1 km interiors down from the main road between Rivona to Neturlim.

33 comments:

Cloudia said...

Another lost gem to be discovered!





Warm ALOHA,
ComfortSpiral

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Jeevan said...

Very interesting site on discovery! Must be little adventure crossing the river to reach the destination.

Cathy Keller said...

Amazing and so very beautiful!! Wishing you well!!

ladyfi said...

How wonderful!

Jeanne Elena Owen Beryl Henneberry said...

very visual imagery.

Teresa Sjönberg said...

What a jungle! It looks like a home of Mowgli. And those ancient art looks so old! It might be a great experince to see those!

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots ~ love the bridge and markings on the path ~

Wishing you a magical week,
artmusedog and carol

Gillena Cox said...

Very nice Rajesh

much love...

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating place, Rajesh, and great captures for the day!! Thanks as always for sharing!! Have a great new week!!

Photo Cache said...

The bridge looks very shaky. I'd think twice about crossing that :)

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Indrani said...

This is amazing. Never heard of it before.
Great pics.

bj said...

O, my....how interesting. I know that must have been a really great trip. The little bridge to walk is very scary looking. :)

Al said...

What an amazing place - that's antiquity that I can't even imagine.

Liz said...

I love those carvings!

magiceye said...

Wonderful captures

rupam sarma said...

Nice to read about Usgalimal, Amazing.
Nice photos

Donna said...

What a fascinating place....it must have been so humbling to visit such prehistoric places...so much history and that bridge looked a bit unsteady.

Trubes said...

Great shots Rajesh,
I don't think I could manage the bridge without a
wobble.

Thanks again for sharing your lovely pictures
with us.

Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Leslie: said...

Just the thought of crossing that bridge makes me dizzy! lol But it looks like a very fascinating spot.

Leslie
abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

always interesting locales.
ROG, ABCW

Melody Steenkamp said...

I think i would not dare to cross over it by the trees

The signs are misteryous

Have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y <abc-w-team)

Powell River Books said...

The rock art would be fun to seen in person. - Margy

photowannabe said...

Totally amazing!!

Hildred said...

I am fascinated with the civilizations that came before the present one, and sometimes wonder if we will disappear in the same way and just leave traces behind...

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

First time I hear about a pre-historic site in India. A hidden gem indeed. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Sharp Bloomberg Ferguson Blasio said...

incredible.

genie said...

The age of this area is mind boggling. And to think the artwork has survived. I hope it is protected. Such an interesting post this week.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Amazing rock art. Absolutely fascinating.

Yogi Saraswat said...

More than 100 distinct rock engravings are carved on laterite stones, spread an area of 500 sqm depicting images of bulls, peacock, labyrinths and human figures.Beautiful pictures with brief intro . Thnx for this series.

Easwar Arumugam said...

Another time honored treasure trove

Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

Unbelievable !!!!!! 20,000-30,000 years old...there are so many things to learn. Thanks for sharing, never heard bat this place.

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Goa , means beaches, this is something different.

Sunita Sriram said...

very interesting to read about this aspect og Goa which hitherto was unknown to me...awestruck by the inscriptions!