76 kms from Panaji.
Palolem Beach, Mallikarjun Temple
(Shristal), Cabo Da Rama Fort, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Agonda Beach etc.
Best Time To Visit :
October to March.
course, you have explored the marvellous expanses of palm fringed white
sands and blue seas, magnificent churches and temples, delightful old
mansion and villas, but your Goan tour does not end here, there is much more
to see in this lush green paradise. Now your next destination is the Goa's
southernmost territory, Canacona - one of the five Talukas of Goa, which
boasts of some of the Goa's most spectacular scenery.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Sahyadri mountain range, Canacona
is edged by the Arabian sea on its one side. Canacona shares boundaries with
Quepeum Taluka in the north and Sangeum Taluka in the north-east, to its
south lies the state of Karnataka. Chaudi is the administrative headquarters
of Canacona Taluka and it also serves as the gateway to the beaches of South
Goa including Agonda and Palolem.
The history of Canacona states that it was a part of Kingdom of Sonda, a
fragment of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire. But the Raja of Sonda got into
trouble in 1764, when Hyder Ali of Mysore attacked him. The King asked the
Portuguese for asylum and handed Canacona over to them, later it was merged
into the state of Goa in 1794. Canacona came under Portuguese influence and
went through many conversions in the 18th century. Like most of Goa, you
will find little European impact in this pastoral part of Goa.
How to Reach
By Air :
Canacona Taluka is around 60 kms away from Goa's
only airport, Dabolim airport. The airport is well-linked with the flights
of Indian airlines and other private airlines. Private taxis are available
from the airport to Canacona.
By Train :
Canacona railway station is connected by direct
Superfast Express trains from Panaji (76 kms), Margao (43 kms), Mumbai and
Mangalore. The railway station of Margao is the nearest major railhead.
By Bus :
NH 17 is the main transport artery of Canacona,
which runs across the
Sahyadri and Karmali Ghats towards the state of Karnataka via Chaudi.
Frequent buses are available from Margao to Karwar halt at Canacona. Mumbai
to Goa highway route also connects Chaudi to Margao and Panaji.
Local Transport :
For local transport rickshaws are
By Ferry :
You may cross Sal river from Cavelossim by
ferry service to reach Canacona via Assolna.
Places Where You Can Stay
Accommodation is available in hotels, rest houses and guest houses.
Intercontinental the Grand Resort Goa is the only five star hotel at
Canacona. Other popular hotels are the Sun Village (4 Star) and Shangrila
Beach Hotel (3 Star).
Tourist Attractions in Canacona
Palolem Beach :
Palolem Beach is one of the most
picturesque beaches of Goa. A shallow bay fringed with coconut palms and
clear white sands and a lovely village right behind it, the beach attracts
thousands of tourists every year. At the northern end of this beach is a
small island which you can explore at low tide.
Mallikarjun Temple (Shristal) :
From Chaudi drive 5 km
down, then turn left to Shristal, 1.5 km away to reach the Mallikarjun
Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun, an incarnation of Lord
Shiva. The Mallikarjun Temple was originally built in the 16th century and
was renovated in 1778. In its interior you will see more than 60 images of
several Hindu gods and goddesses. Every alternate year, in March, the temple
organizes the Mallikarjun Zatra, which attracts the Goan devotees and
spectators from far and wide. The highlight of the celebrations is the
'cooking of food on the heads of men.'
Cabo Da Rama Fort : Situated in north Canacona, this fort had been under
the control of various rulers until the Portuguese took it over from the
Raja of Sonda. In between they they lost control over it but regained
possession of the fort in 1763. Later, the fort was occupied by Britishers
in 1797. Under the Portuguese, the fort had military barracks, a chapel and
quarters for the commandant and 21 guns for defence. Though the church
within the fort is still in use, there is little remains of the fort that
you can see today. Make a trek up to the headland of the fort and get the
splendid view of sea.
Wildlife Sanctuary :
Established in the year 1969, the Cotigao
Wildlife Sanctuary occupies an area of 85.65 sq. km. Cotigao Wildlife
Sanctuary is 86 kms away from Panaji and 10 kms south-east of Chaudi along
the Goa-Karnataka border. Goa's second biggest wildlife sanctuary, Cotigao
is not only home to a wide range of wildlife but also a variety of forests.
You can spot a variety of animals here that include two species of Monkey,
Wild Boar, Gaur, Gazelles, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Hyenas, Langur, Bison,
Deer etc. Best time to view the wildlife are early in the morning and
Shree Sanusthan Gokarn Parthagali Jeevotham Math (Parthagali) : Founded in
the year 1475 by Swami Shreemad Narayanateertha, the math belongs to the
Gaud Saraswat community. You can see a temple in the math campus and also a
banyan tree called the 'Tapsya Khestra'.
Fresh Water Springs :
In Canacona there are two popular
fresh water springs which are worth visiting. The first of these, Puroner
water spring is meant to irrigate the lands, but you can also bathe in the
fresh water of the spring. Another spring, Gogel boasts of crystal clear
water. The charming spring will refresh your soul.
Agonda Beach : If you are in search for some peaceful moments, head towards
the Agonda Beach. Situated 10 kms north of Chaudi, the headquarters of
Canacona Taluka, Agonda has just a handful of accommodation facilities. Far
from the crowded cities, Agonda is perfect place for the solitude seeker.
The beach stretches 3 kms and fortunately is not covered by grass sheds.
Cavelosim Beach :
Just 11 kms south of Colva, Cavelosim is
the last major settlement in southwest Salacate. You can enjoy the ferry
ride from Cavelosim to Assolna.
Canacona Tour Packages
Features : On day third of
your tour, you can visit South Goa's Canacona Taluka. One of the five
talukas of Goa, Canacona boasts of some of the popular attractions of
Goa. Major attractions of Canacona include the Cabo Da Rama Fort,
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mallikarjun Temple, Fresh Water Springs etc.
If you are a beach-lover and want to experience some beach-side
activities, Canacona offers two lovely beaches namely - Palolem Beach
and Agonda Beach.
Features : On day six, after
a trip of Margao, India by Day and Night tour takes you to another
important town of South Goa, Canacona. Visit the the major tourist
attractions of Canacona namely - Mallikarjun Temple (Shristal), Cabo Da
Rama Fort, Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach. Situated against the
picturesque backdrop of Sahyadri range, Canacona will surely mesmerize
you with its spectacular scenery.
Features : The tour that
begins from Mumbai reaches Goa on 15th day. Day - 18 of Rajasthan
Heritage and Goa is meant for visiting the towns of South Goa. This day
on the tour, you can visit the Canacona taluka, where a number of
attractions welcome you. Popular attractions which you can view here are
Cabo Da Rama Fort and Mallikarjun Temple. Apart from these, this package
also provides you a good chance to experience the picturesque beaches -
Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach.
Features : Best of South
India, a 13 days tour, takes you to the beautiful state of Goa on very
first Day of your trip. Popularly known as tropical paradise, Goa is
home to enchanting tourist destinations namely Panaji, Old Goa, Mapusa,
Vasco da Gama, Margao, Canacona and Ponda. Each of these destinations
has a gamut of attractions, both in terms of sightseeing and activities.
Visit these tourist destinations on this tour and avail a good chance to
explore and enjoy these attractions.