Shining amidst serene mangroves, the vibrant Vanxim islet in Goa is bird lover's paradise

The spectacular island is home to a large number of migratory avian beauties.

Resting on the edges of the Mandovi River, the sister islands of Divar and Chorao are easy to spot. But what lies beyond our vision is the astoundingly beautiful tiny islet called Vanxim situated on the backside of Divar. Vanxim or Vanusim as it is also called is a very small island that shines like a piece of jewel amidst the blossom of beautiful mangroves on all sides. The spectacular island is home to a large number of migratory avian beauties, making it a birdwatchers' paradise.

A haven for all fascinated by historical churches

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With just 40 families on the island involved in farming or fishing, Vanxim is a magical escape from hustle and bustle of the busy touristy locales of Goa. The island houses a small Church of Santo Cristo which was constructed in 1879 AD. Not just this, the peaceful island also encapsulates another church called the Chapel of the Miraculous Cross which is frequented by people every year, to get their wishes fulfilled. Among the most special months for the island are those of April and May when Vanxim marks special occasions and becomes a witness to multiple feasts and revelries.

River Cross, one of the major attractions

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When you would be on your trail to Vanxim from Noara, you are bound to be fascinated by the River cross. This interesting structure in the middle of the river was built by the locals who constructed it in memory of Dr. Louis Cabral. Folklore says that Dr. Cabral drowned at this spot when his canoe tumbled in the river while he was on his route to see a patient on the islet. Known as Capão in colonial times, Vanxim is a treasury for a number of stories like this.

While Vanxim could be accessed only by a canoe in the past times, you can reach it now by taking a ferry from Divar. If you plan a visit to this captivating islet untouched by modern times, you must know it lacks the amenities of the day. Vanxim has no shops, schools or even medical facilities. For all the basic requirements, you will have to travel back to Divar or the mainland. So, make sure you pack enough of your needed provisions while travelling to Vanxim.

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If you have had enough of the 'cool' experiences jostling amidst the crowds of Goa, Vanxim serves as an escape full of peace. Promising to be a blissful adventure, the islet deserves to be high up on your itinerary, on your next Goa trip. We assure you would be thanked by your travel-partners for having discovered this hidden gem.

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