Kavale or Kavalem (Devanagari:कवळे) is a village in Ponda, Goa, India. Kavle/Kawale/Kawle are other variations for the same name.
Situated at the foothill of Kavalem, the Shantadurga temple boasts of a huge tank, a Dipa Stambha and Agrashalas. The temple was built in 1728 AD during the reign of Shahu Maharaj of Satara at the request of one of his ministers, Naro Ram Mantri. The temples of Shree Shantadurga and Shree Mangeshi located at Mangeshi Village, two of the most revered patron deities in Goa are a must visit for any devotee/ tourist coming to Goa.
The original site of Sri Shantadurga temple is Kardelivana of Quelossim(Keloshi) in Salcette Taluka. To avoid the increasing Portuguese missionary activities in Goa, the GSB community was afraid for the safety of the temples and idols. Hence the families worshipping Shree Shantadurga and Shree Mangeshi, on a moonless night, leaving their homes and hearths crossed over the Zuari River to a safer region which was under the rule of the Muslim King Adilshah. They finally installed the deity at Kavale village known then as Kapilpura or Kaivalyapura in the Antruj Taluka(Present day Ponda).
The territory of Ponda was not under Portuguese rule in the 16th Century and hence was seen as a safe haven by the Hindus fleeing persecution by the Jesuits and Portuguese. The forests of Ponda were ideal places for Hindus to form makeshift temples with the Idols they had salvaged from the broken temples of Sashti (Salsette).