3. Village tour – Simplicity is the name of the game at Chorao Island and the inhabitants of the village continue to follow a traditional, old-school Goan lifestyle. Right from the architecture to the food, everything here remains untouched by modernisation and a stroll through this village and endless conversations with the hospitable villagers is bound to take you back in time.
4. Hike to Christ Hill – Constructed in the year 1930, Christ Hill is the pride of its inhabitants on Chorao Island. Climb up the hill to reach the massive pristine statue of Jesus Christ and if you’ve timed it right, you might just be able to catch the glorious sunset from the top of the hill. Perfect spot for your dose of soul searching!
Getting to Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
A bus or car ride from the capital city of Panaji will take you to the Ribandar ferry wharf. From there, take a ferry across the Mandovi River to the island of Chorao. The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry wharf.
Here is how you can reach Panaji from Mumbai, which is the closest metro city:
By Air: There are daily flights to Dabolim Airport from Mumbai starting at approximately ₹2,000 onwards. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Panaji from Dabolim Airport.
By Train: There are several trains that connect Mumbai to Goa and it takes approximately nine to 10 hours by most to cover the distance of about 600km. Once you get down at Madgaon or Thivim station (depending on the train you pick), hire a cab or take a bus to reach Panaji.
By Road: Mumbai is connected to Panaji by NH48 and it takes about 10-11 hours to cover the distance of 590km.
Cuisines on offer
Being the capital city, Panaji’s food scene is quite diverse with food options suiting all tastes and preferences. While one can enjoy authentic Goan curries in local eateries, there is also enough to explore when it comes to international cuisines owing to backpacker cafes that attract tourists of different nationalities. Some of the best places to eat here are the Black Sheep Bistro, Mum's Kitchen and Kokni Kanteen.
Since there are no accommodation options on Chorao Island, one will have to put up in Panjim, which is the closest place offering stay options suiting all kinds of budgets: