Located at a distance of 10 km from Panjim in Goa, Divar Island is a slice of heaven tucked away in dense woods amidst the beauty of nature. Connected to Old Goa only through ferry service, this island is synonymous with natural beauty, serenity and tranquillity. The region is dotted with vintage houses built in Portuguese style, littered with traditional churches and is surrounded by evergreen paddy fields.
Located at a distance of 5 km from the state capital Panaji, Chorao Island is the largest of the 17 islands in Goa. Boasting of old-world charm, dainty cottages and narrow muddy pathways, the island is a slice of heaven tucked away in time. The island has a very prominent Portuguese air about it which reflects in the architecture of its ancient whitewashed churches, solitary graveyards, picturesque Portuguese villas and dilapidated buildings. The highlight of the island, however, is the very grand and notable Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary that accounts for major tourism boost in the region.
A little to the south of Palolem in Cancona region of Goa lies the Butterfly beach. This beach, also known as Honeymoon Beach, is in the form of small cove surrounded by dense trees. It is at slightly remote and is difficult to access on foot, making it one of the most secluded and peaceful beaches in Goa. It can be reached via a ferry from the neighboring Palolem Beach. Interestingly, the beach is so named as the surrounding trees attract a wide variety of butterflies occasionally. It may also be because the beach itself is in the shape of a butterfly! Either way, it is just as pretty as one, especially during sunsets. Just plop down here with a picnic basket and some wine and experience the oneness with nature.
One of the tiniest islands in South Goa, San Jacinto is one of the most exotic islands to visit. This lovely green island dates back to the early 20th century, around 1927 when inhabitants of San Jacinto to protect and preserve this island by vowing to never give the island on a lease to any company or government, or let them disturb or intrude on the island’s ecosystem. This makes it one of the most exquisite islands in South Goa. San Jacinto Island is highly secluded and is considered a tranquil place to be.
Also known as Monkey Island, Conco Island is one of the most visited islands near Agonda beach in South Goa. Conco Island is a 5-acre lush green Island situated at the bay of Palolem Beach. It is often referred to as Canacona Island and is called Monkey Island because the wooded island was once inhabited by monkeys that lived in nearby forests. This island is a great picnic spot and definitely worth a visit when around Agonda Beach.
These beautiful islands of Goa are worth a visit at least once in a lifetime! Let us know what you think of this island hopping trail for Goa in the comments below!