Islands Of Goa

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The Mandovi River, the lifeline of Goa and the Zuari River are the two primary rivers of Goa. There are freshwater islands in the Mandovi river and the biggest are - Divar, Chorao and Vashee near Old Goa.

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located on Chirao. It’s named after the renowned ornithologist Salim Ali. Two most common birds there are the Stork and the Black Faced Cormorant. There’s a ferry from the mainland which takes tourists and inhabitants to the islands. The Goud Saraswat Brahmins were one of the earliest settlers on this island. The island is said to be a place of learning and used to have a University of Sanskrit.

The small islands, Chorao and Divar are part of Tiswadi district, on which Goa’s capital, Panaji is located. When you go through Divar, you can see paddy fields and beautiful hills on either side of the roads The Island of Divar was a famous site of Hindu pilgrimage. From the topmost part of the island, you can see the countryside, Old Goa, Panaji, and of course the Mandovi river.

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