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Island of Goa
Ilha de Goa
|First expedition to India||early 1500s|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|• Total||approx. 30,000s|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Ilha de Goa is the largest of the islands, administratively they are the Tiswadi tehsil (township) of North Goa district of Goa, India. The islands are located in middle of the basin of the Zuari and Mandovi Rivers in the Konkan region of the Indian subcontinent. The island of Goa is the largest and the most populous in the state of Goa. The present capital- Panjim, as well the former capital of Goa, Damaon& Diu- "the city of Goa", both lie on the island. It is one of 6 major islands between the Mandovi and Zuari, the others being:
- St Estevam,
- Vanxim and
- Several other small mangrove islets and sand banks.
The evidence of the existence of the island of Goa can be seen on historic maps.
The island of Goa lies within the water bodies of:
- Mandovi River to the north.
- Cumbarjua Canal to the east.
- Zuari River to the south.
- Arabian Sea to the west.
There are a number of bridges built over the last hundred years, linking the island to other parts of the mainland.
- 2 Mandovi Bridges: Connects Goa to Bardes.
- Atal Bridge: Connects Goa to Bardes, but avoids the busy roads of Panjim entirely.
These bridges are built over the Cumbarjua Canal.
- Gandaulim Bridge: Connects Gandaulim in Goa to Cumbarjua.
- Banastarim Bridge: Connects Corlim in Goa to Banastarim.
- Zuari Bridge: Connects Goa to Mormugão.
- A new Bridge is being constructed (similar in scale to the Atal Bridge) over the Zuari River.
These bridges are a link to places within the island, which are geographically close, but are separated by a body of water.
- Ponte Conde de Linhares: This links Panjim to Ribandar, and is the oldest and most famous of all the internal bridges.
Prior to the construction of the bridges, the primary commute to and from the island was done via ferry. Some have become redundant, but most are still in use, they include:
- Panjim to Betim.
- Ribandar to Chorao.
- Ribandar to Divar.
- Old Goa to Divar.
- Daugim to Tolto in St Estevam.
- Gandaulim to Cumbarjua.
- Agaçaim to Cortalim.
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