Anjediva ISLAND --just a mile or so off the west coast of India to the south of Karwar

Anjediva, Anchediva, Anjediva,

This small island strategically placed [14o 45’ 24.69 N 74o 06’ 43.92 E] just a mile or so off the west coast of India to the south of Karwar [Kannada] was quite possibly the location of the first landfall of Vasco De Gama in India.



Ships travelling around the Indian Ocean were governed by the Monsoon’s, seasonal winds and storms. It appears that this island fell at the northern extent of some monsoons, and the south extent of others, providing a sheltered and relatively calm area, in much the same way as the Doldrums in the Atlantic, or the calms near Malacca. For this reason it was a natural landfall for Gujaratis and Arab ships trading from India to Africa, and in turn for the first Portuguese ships working their way along these same ancient trade routes from Southern Africa.

The island is virtually uninhabited and is consequently very little changed from two or three hundred years ago. The church remains as the only substantial building, but it is likely that the remains of the long low fortifications built by the Portuguese survive under the tree cover.