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Islands of Chorao

The Chorao Island is the only bird sanctuary in Goa, the area is covered with thick layer of mangrove forest, home to numerous types of birds and animals. It is known to be the largest among Goa's 17 islands. It's blessed by beautiful forests/trees and natural water, it is home of different species of birds. The size of the sanctuary is 440 acres . So I can say that for Bird lovers Chorao is a place which is not to be missed.

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Chorao Overview

Chorao is a beautiful island situated by the Mandovi River near Panaji in the state of Goa. The island gets its name from the Portuguese who inhabited the island a long time back. In fact, this was one of the first places to be captured by the Portuguese and the Portuguese noblemen considered it to be a perfect place to relax leading to the name Ilha dos fidalgos which means “island of noblemen”. Local islanders till that point called it Chodan or Chodna.

There is a very interesting tale behind the island’s origin. Legend has it that the island emerged from the precious diamonds that were strewn by Yashoda, the mother of Lord Krishna. Hence it is still popularly known as Chudamani which means “stunning precious stone” in Sanskrit.

Chorao is known for its simplicity and peaceful existence in the midst of natural beauty. The Portuguese influence can still be seen in the town’s many beautiful white-washed churches and pretty old villas. The Church of St Bartholemew and the Church of Our Lady of Grace are the two famous churches here.

At one point of time, the island was considered a place of learning by the Hindus and it is believed that it had a famous University of Sanskrit. The island is known for its many ancient temples of Lord Ganesha, Ravalnatha, Bhaukadevi, Mallinatha, Bhagvati, Devki, Santa-Purusha, Narayan, Kanteshwar, Chandeshwar and Dadd Sancol. Most of these temples were destroyed during the Portuguese rule and the idols transferred to other places.

The island is around 5 km from Panaji and it can be reached by taking the ferry from Ribanagar. It is the largest of the islands in the state of Goa. There is a thick mangrove hedge which covers a part of the island and gives it a mystical feel, adding to the beauty of the place.

In fact, the place is known for the famous Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which is home to a wide variety of birds. The best season to visit the sanctuary is during the months of October to April when the weather is perfect and also a huge number of migratory birds come here.

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