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Monsoon Bliss in Chorão

This is a continuation of the Monsoon in Goa – 2010 Edition theme.

These photographs were shot over two consecutive rain-soaked days in the idyll that is the island of Chorão, also known as Chodna or Chodan. My forbears came from this part of Goa, and were impelled to move out after the sacking of the village and the Hindu temples by the Portuguese in the 16th C.

The final photograph in the series below was taken in the face of an intense rainstorm advancing in my direction. Seconds later I had to dive into my car. These are moments to live for.

St Bartholomew church in Chorao

St Bartholomew church, Chorão (1569)
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Cross in Chorao

The lone sentinel on a dark monsoon morning
5D Mark II, 70-100L f/2.8 IS II

Saude chapel in Chorao

Nossa Senhora de Saúde chapel
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

Pomburpa church seen from Chorao

Mae de Deus church of Pomburpa seen from Chorão
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

In Chorao

Advancing rainstorm (Pomburpa church is seen to the left)
5D Mark II, 24-105L

  • Orlando Fernandes - December 12, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    Hi Rajan
    Thank you for your pictures. I am from Pandavaddo now in Canada. I am interested in the history of Pandavaddo. Please share if you or anyone else knows.

  • Agatha - July 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Hi, Rajan,
    What lovely photos. Brought back many fond memories on my youth in Pandavaddo, Chorao especially the feasts celebrated at the St. Bartolomew church & walking to the Pomburpa ferry & the road at that time was not paved – it was a red mud road. Am now in Ottawa, Canada-Thank you. AgathaReplyCancel

  • Amorito Noronha - July 10, 2013 - 1:27 am

    I live in Mississauga Canada. I am from Pandavaddo in Chorao, So nice to see the photos. we have property near the main church and I have gone to the church so often when young.
    Hope to be in Choroa next April

  • Adil - September 4, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Thanks Rajan !

    Chorao (chodan) is my moms native place its really beautifull


    I am in Abu Dhabi now !ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - September 28, 2010 - 6:47 am

    Hi, great pics. I go for my walks on this patto to the ferry, its lovely out there . Your pics are fabulous!!!! so clear with details. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Prashant - September 27, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Thats really good to see I have been to that place many times as my Village is opposite to chodna i.e ecoxim.ReplyCancel

  • Bartholomew Mendes - August 1, 2010 - 4:47 am

    Hi Rajan,

    Thanks for the great pictures, I am from Madel, Chorao. Its a beautiful island and the pictures you have taken are where my cousin’s stay. Monsoons is the wonderful season to be in Madel, Chorao Goa, reminds me of my olden days.ReplyCancel

    • Adolf Fernandes - July 27, 2014 - 2:14 am

      This is Adolf your neighbor in Chorao Madel.
      Hope to keep in touch.

  • Malcolm Noronha - July 28, 2010 - 9:47 am

    I grew up in the 70s in Chorao, (my mother’s village). Now based in Toronto, Canada, I remember walking the Pato to catch the Canoe to Pomburpa. Infact the photograph with the cross (The lone sentinel on a dark monsoon morning)is situated on my grandmother’s paddy field. Your photographs brought back fond memories of my childhood days in ChodnaReplyCancel

  • Peter D'Souza - July 26, 2010 - 2:27 pm

    Chorao is Gods little bliss on earth. I am from Chorao and my heart is filled with joy viewing these pictures. I live in Maryland and I immediately get transposed to Chorao ever so often.ReplyCancel

  • Juliet De Souza - July 26, 2010 - 1:19 pm


    Thanks for the beautiful photos, I am from Chorao, now in Los Angeles, they bring back so many memories of my beautiful island.


  • VIVEK SALGAOKAR - July 25, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Thanks Rajan for sharing this lovely photos.
    Chorão is my home place and I love it.ReplyCancel

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