Could this be paradise? This question will flit through your mind as you start approaching the village's lonely river-island, called Corjeum. Away from the cacophony of the sights and sounds of the shore, draped by a curtain of bamboo thickets, herein lies Avanilaya's hideaway.The boutique resort draws its name from two Sanskrit words, Avani interpreted as earth and Laya as abode. Perched atop a hillock fanning over the Chapora River, Avanilaya stretches across a lush 24 acres and is decked with three palatial villas and mammoth verandahs. You can while away evening after evening in these backyards, watch the rain batter down on the swaying palms or curl up with a fat novel and a glass of the sweet port wine. The resort's gardens are also an experience in themselves. A kaleidoscopic oasis of wilderness, you'll be surrounded by dancing peacocks (a total of 80, flock the grounds), fluttering butterflies and a conglomerate of birds, at all times.The Space
This 16th century fortress is one of the two inland forts existing in Goa and is 15 minutes away from Moira. According to the late Father Moreno de Souza, the isolated, albeit beautiful structure of Corjeum or Khorjuem Fort derives its name from two words – khorik translating to deep and zunvem translating to island. In the past, the fort protected the Portuguese from the Marathas, Bhonsles and the Rane Rajputs in the 19th century. Also, the chapel of St. Anthony was earlier known to have been located inside the premises of the fort.