If there is any place in the Indian territory which strikes every traveller's mind when the discussion is about islands, then it is certainly Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For some unconventional explorers, Lakshadweep is also an option. Nobody ever cares to think of beautiful islands which are located in the other parts of the country. Yes, India is one such country in the world where you can find each and every type of beauty. But do you know where else you can savour the grandeur of islands in India?
If not, let us tell you that Goa is the destination where, apart from lazing by its lively beaches and relishing a few hours in its party clubs, you can also set on the expedition of savouring its beautiful islands. These islands are located in the vicinity of the mainland of Goa, and hence are easily accessible by ferries or cruise ships. Let's move ahead and learn more about them.
Famous for Anjediva Fort, this beautiful island should be on your travel planner for several reasons. On one hand, you can take a stroll through its historical monuments and explore the rich history of the island and on the other hand, you can laze by its uncrowded sandy beaches and gaze at the colourful horizon over the Arabian Sea.
The beauty of Anjediva Island is at its peak at the time of dawn and dusk when the entire environment seems like a colourful heaven. Here, you can learn a lot about the hidden beauty of Goa, so do not forget to visit Anjediva Island on your next trip to Goa. Did you know there is a misconception that this gorgeous island is a part of Karnataka? Certainly, it is not.
A beauty nestled wonderfully on the banks of Mandovi river, Cumbarjua Island was once a stronghold of the Portuguese Empire in the 15th century. Today, it has become an offbeat destination for travellers, who come here to take a break away the tourist crowd of Goa. As it is located at a distance of just 20 km from Panaji, it has become popular amongst local tourists too.
The major reason why Cumbarjua Island makes for a perfect weekend destination lies in its unexplored and fresh environment. If you are a traveller and always look forward to exploring an overexplored town from a different angle, then you must plan a tour of Cumbarjua Island. You can also go fishing in its backwaters.
Another island located in the course of Mandovi river, Divar Island is a popular place in Goa and is visited by hundreds of locals as well as national tourists every year. Even though the history of the island dates back to the Portuguese rule, it was never a developed place before.
Today, it has become a significant town in the state and is divided into three villages, namely, Piedade, Malar and Naro. From churches to temples and forts to river banks, there is a lot to explore here. You must not miss visiting this beautiful place if you would love to travel back in time and learn about the unknown history of Goa.
A popular island which is known amongst tourists as the land of fishermen, Vanxim Island is a beautiful place where you can choose to retire and soothe your mind, body and soul. It is generally accessed by taking a boat from Divar Island. From churches to cemeteries, there is a lot to witness here. The major places which will certainly interest you include the 19th-century Church of Santo Cristo, the wish-fulfilling Chapel of Miraculous Cross and River Crucifix.
An ultimate island where you can relish the beauty of wildlife, history and nature altogether, Chodan Island, otherwise known as Chorao, is located near Tiswadi in Mandovi river and is popular amongst tourist for its incredible churches and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Even though it is believed to have been in existence since the period before the Common Era, the strong evidence to prove its history has still not been found. Chodan Island is home to temples and ruined forts. Therefore, it is a perfect place to learn about the unknown history, natural beauty and religious significance of Goa.
So, what do you think about planning a trip to Goa now when you have got a completely new list of destinations? Don't be late and explore their beauty before they go mainstream.