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In need of 'Vitamin Sea'? Travel to THIS serene island in Goa for a generous dose!

This small island is a lovely lush green area preserving the purity & charm of Goan waters.

With a diameter of one kilometre, Sao Jacinto Island in Goa, is home to around 200 people. Close to the southern banks of the estuary, this rocky island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island houses a defunct lighthouse, built during the Portuguese rule in Goa and contains no agricultural land besides coconut groves. A peaceful locale for people looking forward to relax, this island is a must-visit when in the coastal state, for a generous dose of the sun, sand and sea!


Amidst forests, an old white church demands your attention


It is said that in the 20th century, the Sao Jacinto inhabitants made a vow to never give the island on a lease, industrialize or let it become a tourist hotspot. Hence, these days, this small island is an exquisite lush green area, which has preserved the purity and charm of amazing Goa nature.

Apart from the south-western coast, which is dotted with old houses, most of the island is covered with forests among which a beautiful old white church, is an alluring sight. It can be spotted from the NH- 17 Vasco- Panaji coastal highway and is called the St. Hyacinth Cathedral by the locals.

The legendary underground tunnels of the church


As per legends, the underground tunnels connect the church's chapel with Siridao Beach resort, located on the distant banks of Mormugao Bay. The island is connected to the mainland with a picturesque bridge called Silver Gate, making it the easiest way to reach San Jacinto. Travel agencies organize different tours and excursions to the island on a regular basis.

From the well-preserved and above mentioned Portuguese lighthouse, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Arabian Ocean and the Goa coastline. So whenever in this coastal state, make sure to take a quick trip to this place and let the divinity of nature embrace you.

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Satiate your pizza cravings with KnockOFF offers at these 7 places in Lucknow!

Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills!

If your cheat day is near or a flavourful pizza is what's on your mind right now, this list is just for you! Coming to your rescue like always, your very own local recommendations platform is here with yet another important list of places in the city that you most definitely knead to check out if you haven't already!

Here is a list of 7 food joints in Lucknow that offer the yummiest pizzas in the city, tasty enough to make the weirdoughs who don't like pizzas want some. Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills! Just unlock the exclusive deals on the app and enjoy the tastiest pizzas in town.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

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