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Recharge in the lap of Mother Nature with a short getaway to THIS island in Goa!

Divar island is synonymous with innate charm, beauty and serenity.

A place where life stands frozen in time, Divar Island is an unexplored and uncommercialised haven for anyone looking to ditch their city life for a while. Located at a distance of hardly 10 km from the capital city of Goa, this island is synonymous with innate charm, beauty and serenity. Connected to old Goa only through ferry services, plan a visit to Divar Island when the pandemic recedes, especially if you enjoy indulging in vintage Portuguese architecture.


A haven for history buffs & party lovers alike!

Setting itself apart from the usual loud party culture of Goa, Divar Island hosts several folk festivals whose charms allure tourists. Celebrated by the residents of Piedade Village in August is Bonderam, a festival similar to the carnival which is enjoyed with music as people dress up in colourful clothes. Other festivities include the Potekar, commonly referred to as the Indian version of Halloween, and the Feast of Our Lord Redeemer, which is marked by a traditional feast thrown in November.

Ancient structures such as the ruins of the Kadamba Dynasty, the 400-year-old Sao Mathias Church and the 12th-century ghost town of Naroa, are great destinations to explore. The Koti Tirtha Tali in Naroa is believed to have 108 temples constructed within its premises. While there are not many sightseeing spots in Divar Island, the picturesque landscape dotted by Portuguese-era architecture makes for pleasant scenery.

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If you are looking to indulge the epicurean in you, then Divar Island is the place for you to be at! Apart from serving the traditional Goan summer drink, Urak, this island is also famous for its seafood- especially prawns. So take a break in the midst of dense forests and verdant hues and chalk out your travel plans right away. However, please be mindful of COVID-related protocols.

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