Chronicles & Echoes of Divar Island (Scheduled)

Catch the ferry across to this quaint Island located opposite Old Goa and get a perspective of its rich historical, social and cultural heritage from fine baroque churches, ancient temples to holy sites and traditional Goan occupations.

Starting Point : Old Goa- Divar Ferry

Time: 08:30 AM & 03:30 PM

Duration : 3 – 4 hours


From: 1,200.00

Prior Registration Requied



Chronicles & Echoes of Divar Island

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Divar in our Divar Island Tour

Catch a ferry and cross the Mandovi River to Divar Island. Experience a gem of old world charm, paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses and winding roads in our Divar Island Tour. As you enter the island, you’ll find locals sitting with their fishing rods in hope of making a catch in the Mandovi river. The tops of hillocks on the island gives you a lovely view of the river. Divar Island is so blissfully green and tranquil that you’re enticed to slip into a peaceful meditation. All these make for an ideal Goan village tour. Come, take back a slice of life of Goa with you.

In our Divar Island Tour, you’ll also notice a rainbow of houses. You will drive around the brightly painted houses in reminiscence of the Portuguese times. Divar is the second largest island of the seven islands which are situated in the Mandovi River, the largest being Charao Island. The island is roughly 6km long by 3km wide and it is connected by four ferry services. The island is a perfect choice for cycling in Goa. Though the Konkan railway line actually runs across the island, the trains do not stop! With a modest population of only 6000 residents, its quaint charm will draw you right in, wishing the train would stop!

Hindu pilgrims used to make the journey from distant lands to visit the many temples on the island. This was before the Portuguese converted the population to Christianity in the 16th century. On our guided Divar Island Tour you get to visit some of the interesting places on the island and understand a little more of its historical, social and cultural heritage.


– A guided tour by a friendly host / presenter in a vehicle.
– High Tea served in a traditional Goan House
– Learn about few Goan cuisine.
– Visit one the finest Baroque churches in Goa
– Insight into traditional fishing methods that are still practiced.
– Visit some of the ancient temple sites.


What to expect: 

The tour begins by taking the ferry across from Ribandar to Divar.  From there we proceed by car to St. Mathias Church built in the late 16th century. 

Then we see the extraordinary Our Lady of Candelaria chapel built on the site of an old temple and a little ahead the ancient Saptakoteshwar temple tank. From here we proceed to the Naroa ferry and see the wall of an old Fort and the holy bathing site of the Hindus called the Porne Tirth , where 3 rivers meet.

We head for a high tea in a traditional Indo Portuguese house and then we visit the sluice gates to understand how the traditional Khazan system works. We then proceed to the main hill where the Piedade Church is located. In the cemetery of the church is the cemetery chapel which shows remains of the Ganesh temple.

We take you inside the Piedade Church which is one the finest Baroque Churches in Goa. On the way back to the ferry we stop at the bird tree and have a spectacular view of the churches of Old Goa across the river

Timing: 08:30 AM , 03:30 PM

Duration: 3-4 hours

Meeting point: Ribandar Ferry to Divar


Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport

Closest Railway Station: Karmali Railway sattion

By Bus: From Panjim. The major state transport corporation buses operating in Goa are the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand at Panjim.

– English-speaking guided tour around the Island
– High tea at a heritage home.

– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides.
– Please carry your own water bottles.
– Divar Island is a no plastic zone, so avoid littering.
– Please carry a hat or cap as the weather in Goa is usually warm.


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