Divar Island is famous site of Hindu pilgrimage and other well-known tourist spot in Goa. A ferry connects the southern tip of the island of Old Goa.
Location : Divar Island is lies in the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. Panaji (Panjim) is located about 10 km from this Island.
About Divar Island
The name Divar Island is derived from the word Dipavati or `Small Island` in Konkani. The Island is connected to Old Goa on the south-east side, Ribandar, on the south-west side and Narve on the north side, all by ferry and launch. The drive to the Divar Island is scenic, with paddy fields and wooded hills lacing the roadway, very typical of the Goan countryside.
This island is also well known in Goa, because of a festival held here known as the festival Bonderam, Potekar festival, Feast of Our Lord Redeemer and many more. During the festival this island attracs many tourist form all over the world.
Festival Bonderam is also known as harvest festival or festival of flags and it is celebrated on last Saturday of August.
It was also the famous religious hindu site of Goa. It was the hosted the ancient temples of Shree Saptakoteshwar, Shree Dwarkeshwar and Shree Ganesh besides others. In the 16th century, these temples were destroyed by Portuguese zealots in their drive for the Christianization of Goa.
Temples in Divar Island
Shri Ganesh Sateri Temple at Sateri Bhat
Shri Shaktivinayak temple at Navelim
There are 2 more Temples of Ganesh one at Navelim and other at Hilltop near the Church.
Hotels In Divar Island : Devaaya, the Ayurveda Retreat is one the best options to stay at this Island.