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Canacona Travel Guide
One amongst the five taluka that make up the southern Goa, Canacona is surrounded by the taluka of Quepeum in the north and Sanguem in the north east. To its southern part lies the state of Karnataka and the western portion has the Arabian Sea.
The name Canacona is a distorted version of Konkan which itself derives from Sanskrit word Konvapuram. According to a legend, the Canacona region, in the ancient times, was covered with thick forests and provided a perfect setting for meditating sages. Once, a renowned sage by the name of Konovmuni made himself a shack here and stayed. The land thus became pure by his presence and came to be known as Konvapuram.
As a tourist destination, Canacona came into limelight in the 1990's, which is pretty recent. As far as attractions of Canacona are considered, there are a quiet a decent number attractions to bind you during your trip to Goa.
The history of the taluka states that it formed part of the Kingdom of Soonda, which itself was a part of the mighty Vijaynagar Empire. Later, when Hyder Ali of Mysore marched in and captured a part of Soonda kingdom, the king was forced to give away the rest of the portion to the Portuguese, given the fact that he had no one to succeed him. Canacona was merged into the state of Goa in the year 1794. Tracing its roots, the Canacona region was part of the dominions of the Kingdom of Soonda, itself a remnant of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire of Hampi. When part of the kingdom was vanquished by Hyder Ali of Mysore, the king surrendered the remaining territory to the Portuguese. Canacona was annexed to Goa in 1794.
Despite the wealth of virgin greenery and idyllic beaches, till the 1990s Canacona was virtually untouched by the bustling tourism culture thriving in other parts of Goa. Of late Canacona tourism has gained momentum with beaches such as Agonda and Palolem holding their own against other illustrious counterparts such as Anjuna and Calangute. The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, acclaimed as the second largest wildlife reserve in Goa, is endowed with verdant forests and exotic wildlife species.
Places worth visiting
Catigo Wildlife Sanctuary: The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 km southeast of Chaudi, was established in 1969 to protect a remote and vulnerable area of forest lining the Goa - Karnataka border. Encompassing 86 sq. km of mixed deciduous woodland, the reserve is certain to inspire tree lovers.
Pololem Beach: Palolem, 2 km west of Chaudi, pops up more often in glossy holiday brochures than any other beach in Goa.
Cavelosim Beach: Sleepy Cavelossim, straddling the coast road 11 km south of Colva, is the last major settlement in southwest Salcete: its only claim to fame.
Agonda: Agonda, 10-km north of Chaudi, can only be reached along the sinuous coast road connecting Cabo De Rama with NH-14 at Chaudi.
Other places to visit:
Shree Mallikarjun Temple
Fresh Water Springs.
Best time to visit: All the places in Goa affine tourists through out the year, but people throng more when the weather is humid or cold in their respective places. But Goa is attractive in the months of November and December.
Distance from Canacona:
Mumbai: 640 km
Pune: 225 km
Panjim: 14 km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The Dabolim Airport is 62 km away from Canacona.
Nearest Railhead: The nearest railhead is at Margao, 37 kms away. Direct "Superfast" Express trains from Mumbai, Panjim and Mangalore.
Road: Canacona is well connected by road network. Bus services between Canacona and Margao are quite frequent.
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