By now, anyone who knows anything about India is aware that Goa is its biggest party destination. Home to spectacular beaches, sprawling green paddy fields, wonderful resorts for all budgets, and friendly people who always make you feel welcome, Goa is one place nobody can ever get tired of. India is full of people who are Goa regulars who visit the amazing beach destination every year and hit all the usual spots on every visit Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Palolem, Arambol, Morjim. (ALSO SEE Best Family Resorts near Mumbai for Winter Holidays 2017) However, there is one place in Goa which is not as popular as the other attractions but every bit as beautiful. We are talking about the splendid Divar island which is a pleasant getaway from the crazy tourist crowds of places like Calangute and Baga. Also Read - Unlock 2.0: Goa to Open For Tourists From July 2, Over 250 Hotels to Resume Operations
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Located on the Mandovi river, the Divar island provides beautiful sights and also a sneak peek into history as it is home to ruins of the Kadamba dynasty. Apart from the ruins, you can also check out the village of Sao Matia, home to the 400-year old Portuguese church of Sao Mathias. So, if you want to do something different on your next Goa trip, here are all the details on how to reach Divar island in Goa. Also Read - Goa Vibes in Maharashtra: Beach Shacks Similar to International Seaside Destinations Will Woo Tourists
Divar Island in Goa
The only way to reach Divar island is by ferry. There are three free ferry services available to reach Divar island. If you wish to reach the south of the DIvar island, you need to take the ferry that runs from Old Goa near the Viceroys arch. The east part of the island is connected at Naroa in the Bicholim district. It is home to the holy Saptakotechwar temple that dates back to the Kadamba dynasty. It is also where you can explore the Naroa fort and Koti Tirth Tali, which si home to 108 temples. And the third ferry connects the southwest of DIvar island to Ribandar. All three ferries operate from 7 am to 8 pm. Unless the weather is extremely harsh (sometimes happens during the monsoon season), the ferries are always functional. Also Read - Coronavirus in Goa: State Registers Its First Casualty, 85-Year-Old Woman Passes Away
Divar island has several charming villas which are ideal for a nights stay. Your trip to Divar will show a side of Goa like never seen before. So, on your next visit to Goa, head to the DIvar island and come back with fresh new Goa memories.