Nestled away from the bustling beaches and vibrant nightlife of Goa lies a serene paradise waiting to be explored - Divar Island. It is a true treasure of history, culture and natural beauty, offering a unique and offbeat experience for travellers seeking an escape from the usual tourist hotspots. In this blog, we will explore the history, food and places to visit in Divar Island.

The History of Divar Island

Stepping foot on Divar Island feels like stepping back in time. With its rich historical significance, this island holds tales that whisper through its ancient architecture and narrow winding lanes. Divar Island was once a thriving trade centre during the Portuguese era, and remnants of its colonial past can still be witnessed today.

Bird s eye view of the lush greenery in Divar Island
 Delicious dish at Chutney in Heritage Village Resorts and Spa, Goa

Food on Divar Island

One of the highlights of visiting Divar Island is the delectable cuisine. The island boasts a vibrant food culture, offering a delightful blend of Goan, Portuguese, and Konkani flavours. Try mouthwatering seafood dishes prepared with the freshest catch from the Arabian Sea. From spicy Goan fish curry to crispy fried prawns, every bite is a tantalising experience for your taste buds. Don't forget to savour the traditional Goan sausage, locally known as "Chorizos", bursting with aromatic spices. Gorging on these delights is one of the best things to do in Divar Island.

Religious Sites to Explore

Divar Island is home to several ancient and revered religious sites that showcase the island's deep-rooted spirituality. The highlight is the magnificent Our Lady of Compassion Church, perched atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Step inside the church and be mesmerised by its ornate interiors and serene ambience. Another must-visit religious site is the famous Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple holds immense significance and attracts devotees from far and wide. On the Divar Exploration offered by Heritage Village Resorts & Spa, we explore the major religious monuments on the island, including a temple pond dating back nearly a thousand years.

Incense sticks with smoke coming out of them in a temple
Lush greenery surrounding a fort on an island

Other Attractions on Divar Island

Aside from its historical and religious sites, Divar Island also offers a plethora of other attractions that will leave you spellbound. Immerse yourself in the island's lush greenery as you stroll along its picturesque backwaters, witnessing a tapestry of colourful birdlife. Explore the hidden trails and discover secret viewpoints that offer breathtaking views of the verdant landscapes.

Best Time to Visit Divar Island

To truly experience the beauty of Divar Island, plan your visit during the months of November to March. The weather during this time is pleasant, making it ideal for exploring the island's treasures without the scorching heat of summer. Embrace the cool breeze as you wander through the narrow lanes and soak in the island's rustic charm.

A boat in the river near Divar Island

Divar Island is a captivating destination that lures travellers seeking an offbeat and immersive experience. Its historical significance, delectable cuisine, sacred religious sites and enchanting landscapes make it a perfect getaway from the touristy Goa. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a food lover, or a nature admirer, Divar Island has something unique to offer to each visitor. While you are here, a stay full of comfort and serenity is what you need for the perfect vacation. Heritage Village Resorts & Spa, Goa, has elegant rooms with lots of space to unwind and rest. And if you want to know more about all-inclusive resorts in Goa, read this blog.