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¤ About Canacona
CanaconaThe place offers some of the most breathtaking scenery against the backdrop of jungle covered Sahyadri Hills, an extension of the Western Ghat range. Here pearl white beaches, pretty white-washed churches and distinctive Hindu temples exhibit a totally new face of Goa. Ceded to the Portuguese by the Raja of Sund in the treaty of 1791, Goa's far south - Canacona district - was among the last parts of the territory to be absorbed into the Novas Conquistas, and has retained a distinctly Hindu feel. The area also boasts some of the state's most outstanding scenery. Enfolded by laterite headlands and colossal piles of back boulders.

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¤ Major Tourist Attractions of Canacona
» Agonda Beach - This beach is just perfect if you are in search for some quiet moments to think about your life. The beach is hardly visited by any tourist and is located 10 km north of Chaudi, the headquarters of Canacona taluka. The beach is three km long and is fortunately devoid of any grass huts. The villagers of Agonda are quiet opposed to any growth in tourism in this part, and probably this is the reason why there are only two accommodation facilities on this beach.

» Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary - The sanctuary was established in the year 1969 and covers an area of 86 sq km. Rated as the second largest sanctuary of Goa, the Cotigao sanctuary is home to a wide range of animals and plants. Though you will not see any Tiger or Leopard in the sanctuary, yet there are many other animals that will force you to keep a good lookout for a glimpse. These primarily include the two species of Monkey, Gaur and Wild Boar. Other animals that can make an appearance before you include Gazelles, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Panthers and Hyenas. Other attractions of the park include the Jeevottam Partagal Math which is quiet known for its vedic studies. Also two tribal communities, Kunbi and Velip are still living in the forest area of the sanctuary.

» Shree Mallikarjun Temple - Lord Mallikarjun, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is the presiding deity of this temple. It was initially constructed in the 16th century, however renovation work was carried out in 1778 as well. The temple houses around 60 images of various gods and goddesses in its interior. Another highlight of the temple are the huge and beautifully carved wooden pillars. The main festivals celebrated in the temple include Rathasaptami which is a chariot festival (in the month of February) and Shigmo (in the month of April).

Canacona» Shree Sanusthan Gokarn Parthagali Jeevotham Math - Founded by Swamiji Shreemad Narayanateertha in the year 1475, the math is located at Parthagali. The math belongs to the Gaud Saraswat community and is premiered by the descendants of Swamiji. A few temples can be found in the math premises. There is also a banyan tree which is regarded sacred enough to be called the Tapsya Kshetra.

» Fort Cabo de Rama - The fort, it is believed, draws its name from Lord Rama who supposedly spent a portion of his exile period here. The history of the fort states that it was taken over by the Portuguese from the ruler of Soonda. Later, the Portuguese lost it and gained control of it only in 1763. Still later, the fort fell into the hands of the Britishers. Today, the fort is not in a very good position, though a trek up the fort and a view of the sea from there gives you a feeling of satisfaction. There is also a chapel within the fort area which is still in use.

¤ Accommodation
The best places to near Canacona include Palolem and Agonda. One can easily find quite resonable accommodations at guesthouses near Palolem beach site, while other can check in the resorts of Agonda.

¤ Shopping
As far as the shopping items are concerned, you will get the opportunity to choose from a wide range of artifacts and momentos. Artifacts made of shell work, bamboo work, brassware, curios and old coins, trinkets made of stones and corals, artifacts made of papier-mâché, carved furniture, and beachwear are some of the popular entries in shopping carts.

¤ Climate of Canacona
Canacona has a salubrious climate throughout the year with minimal fluctuations in temperatures.

Summer - The summer weather in Canacona lasts from March to May and is mildly warm. During the peak summer month of May temperatures may go up to 33C. However the monsoon season from June to September brings in plenty of rainfall with an increase in humidity levels.

Winter - During the winter months of December and January, the Canacona weather becomes a temperate one with drop in temperature and humidity levels. Temperatures linger in the range of 24C-27C.

Clothing - Clothing requirements are simple and are hardly affected by climate change across seasons. The ones planning to frolic in the seas or bask in the sunny beaches should bring along beachwear and other accessories.

¤ How To Reach Canacona
» Rail - For the last year or two, it has been possible to reach Canacona by direct "Superfast" Express trains from Mumbai , Panjim and Mangalore .
» Road - The regions main transport artery is the NH-17, which crawls across the Sahyadri and Karmali Ghats towards Karnataka via the district headquarters, Chaudi. Bus services between here and Margao are quite frequent.

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