Islands In Goa
If visiting Goa is tempting then taking a trip to attractive islands is a reward you deserve. Curious travelers can spend days observing the Deserted Structures in the Goa Islands and admiring the virginity of the picturesque landscapes. Surprises come in small packages in most of the accessible Islands in and around Goa.
Here are some of the famous Islands In & Around Goa:
Chorao Island in Goa is the largest island among other 17 islands of Goa. It is located along the river Mandovi, 5 km away from the capital of the State, the city of Panaji and 10 km away from the city of Mapusa. The local citizens call the island Chodan or Chodna. Chorao is accessible by the ferries from Ribandar or Divar Island, is mainly known for its beautiful bird sanctuary. For Bird lovers Chorao is a place which is not to be missed. Over here lies the Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary. The Island has several old houses, Catholic churches of the 16th century and dozens of newer Hindu temples.
The beautiful Divar Island in Goa that is rarely visited is situated across the Mandovi River from Old Goa. A ferry connects the southern end of the island with Old Goa. The ferry wharf is situated near the Viceroy’s Arch at Old Goa. The Church of Our Lady of Compassion occupies the hill and combines an impressive facade with an engagingly simple interior. From the small park near the church there are excellent views to the north, west and south. Across the river to the south, thewhitewashed towers of the world heritage monuments of Old Goa are clearly visible. This peaceful retreat is an excellent place for bird watching. A crocodile habitat it houses crocodiles in various sizes. The famous Bonderam festival is celebrated on the island with great pomp and festivity.
Vanxim or Vanusim is a beautiful island of Goa situated in the Tiswadi taluka. One can reach here by taking a ferry from Divar. Vanxim is surrounded by places such as Chorao, Naroa and Divar. There is also a church in the area known as the Church of Santo Cristo, built in 1879 AD. During the months of April and May the feasts of the Miraculous Chapel and Santo Cristo are celebrated.
Anjadiva Island in Goa is located in the Arabian Sea, near Canacona seashore, in South Goa. Due to the fact that the Island situates about two kilometers from Binaga Village (Kartanaka state) it is widely believed that Anjadiva belongs to this State. The Island carefully keeps and protects the remains of those bygone eras: you will be able to see several ancient houses and buildings, the ruins of Fort and Church. The Indian Navy Forces headquarters and base are placed at Anjadiva Island too.
Conco Island in Goa, also known as Canacona Island or Monkey Island, is one of the most frequented sites situated close to Agonda Beach. The wooded island is named as Monkey Island, which was inhabited by monkeys that lived in the adjacent forests.
Sao Jacinto Island in Goa or San Jacinto Island in Goa is a small island lying in the Mormugao bay. It is a lovely little place located about 7 km from Bogmalo beach. This tiny island was blessed with incredible, breathtaking natural beauty where you can catch sights of plate corals. One of the attractions of the island is the St Hyacinthi Cathedral, which celebrates its feast on the last Sunday of September. It is generally open for visits on Sundays. It is completely a residential zone and also has a picturesque chapel that has an underground tunnel to the other side of the river to Siridao.
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