Far South District Of Canacona
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. Set
against a backdrop of the Jungle covered Sahyadri Hills (an extension
of the Western Ghat Range), a string of pearl white coves and sweeping
beaches scoop its indented coastline. Enfolded by laterite headlands
and colossal piles of back boulders.
Prime Attractions of Canacona
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-kms of mixed
deciduous woodland, the reserve is certain to inspire tree lovers.
Palolem, 2-km west of Chaudi, pops up more often in glossy holiday
brochures than any other beach in Goa more..
Sleepy Cavelossim, straddling the coast road 11-km south of Colva, is
the last major settlement in southwest Salcete: its only claim to
Agonda, 10-km north of Chaudi, can only be reached along the sinuous
coast road connecting Cabo De Rama with NH-14 at Chaudi. No signposts
mark the turning and few of the tourists that whizz past en route to
Palolem pull off here, but the beach, fringed along its entire length
by Todi trees, is superb. Its remote location is not the only reason
this 3-km spread of white sand has been bypassed by the bulldozers.
Villagers here are opposed to any kind of tourist development. At
present, there are only two places to stay over here, both situated at
the far end of the beach.