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Did You Know About This Secret Island in Goa?

Have You Ever Heard of The Chorao Island? holidayiq.com

Chorao Island in Goa is accessible by the free ferry from Ribandar or Divar Island. Provided you have your own transport explore the countryside to the little Chorao village, with its whitewashed village churches and lovely Portuguese homes.

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1. Chorao Island is the largest island among other 17 islands of Goa

Chorao Island is the largest island among other 17 islands of Goa
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Sabyasachi Rayc shares his experience on HolidayIQ: "Part of the twin river islands of Chorao and Duvar. Situated in the middle of the Mandovi river. this island can be approached by ferry from Ribander."

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2. Legend says Chorao emerged from diamonds

Legend says Chorao emerged from diamonds
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Legend goes that mother of Lord Krishna, goddess Yashoda threw away diamonds which took the form of islandsSabyasachi quips in at HolidayIQ: "Take a leisurely walk through the village streets where time almost stands still amidst the old colonial villas and a quaint church."

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3. The island was historically called 'Chudamani'

The island was historically called 'Chudamani'
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In Sanskrit, 'Chudamanimeans a "stunning precious stone". Gautam Agarwal tells HolidayIQ: "Sanctuary is situated in Chorao village. You can reach there by ferry from old Goa. It takes just 10 minutes and you have to pay only Rs. 10 for the car."

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4. It has interesting history of Indian Brahman and Portuguese colonizers

It has interesting history of Indian Brahman and Portuguese colonizers
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The Island has several old houses, catholic churches of the 16th century and dozens of newer Hindu temples. In 1510, this area was one of the first to be conquered by the Portuguese and by 1552 in a population of just above 3,000, 300 were Christian and by this time, a small church was built. 

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5. It was the Portuguese who called the island 'Chorão'

It was the Portuguese who called the island 'Chorão'
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The Portuguese noblemen found the island a pleasurable place to live and hence the name 'Ilha dos Fidalgos' meant the 'Island of Noblemen'. In 1560 the first bishop from the Jesuit order, Dom João Nunes de Barreto set up residence in Chorão, which eventually became a Noviciate.

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6. Chorao is known for it's mangroves

Chorao is known for it's mangroves
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The mangroves are the amazing and beautiful forests growing in the waterNaveen shares on HolidayIQ: "My child enjoyed the experience of so many birds at one place. The atmosphere was child-friendly and the staff customer-friendly."

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7. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary of Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary of Goa
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Gautam Agarwal tells HolidayIQ: "You should reach the sanctuary at least by 7 am. Early morning is the best time to spot birds. You can take a boat ride in the Mandovi river and spot birds. This facility is provided by the sanctuary." There are over 400 species of migratory and local birds here. 

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8. The transportation of visitors is conducted only by boats

The transportation of visitors is conducted only by boats
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Sabyasachi Rayc shares on HolidayIQ: "Though there are official tours available, you can just hop onto a willing fishing boat and explore on your own. You will be rewarded with herons, waterfowls, crabs and mudskippers." The National Park has no roads at all.

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9. Seminary of Chorão has a strange affinity to fire

Seminary of Chorão has a strange affinity to fire
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The seminary was accidentally burnt down on 01 January 1591 and was rebuilt. It got burned down a second time on 26 June 1617, a third time on 3 December 1663 and fourth time on 6 January 1675. Finally, in 1698 its lofty tower was struck by lightning and the building was greatly damaged.

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