Around Palolem Delights

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Canacona Taluka of South Goa. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to December. The sanctuary is open from 0700 till 1730 for visitors. The sanctuary has eight well laid out nature trails traversing it. There are six watchtowers in the sanctuary. Also there is one 'tree top', it is situated about 20 meters high on a tree overlooking a waterhole. Both the Gal and Talpona rivers of Canacona Taluka originate from the sanctuary.

At the entrance to the sanctuary there is an ecotourism complex which houses the nature interpretation centre, cottages, toilets, library, reception area, rescue centre, canteen and Range Forest Office.  The lesser-known animals in the sanctuary include the Flying Squirrel, Slender Loris, Indian Pangolin, Mouse Deer, Four-horned Antelope, Malabar Pit Viper, Hump-Nosed Pit Viper, White-bellied Woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Malayan Bittern, Draco or Flying Lizard, Golden-back Gliding Snake and Malabar Tree Toad.


Cabo De Rama Plateau and Fort

Cabo de Rama is derived from the famous character of Ramayana, Lord Rama.  Cabo de Rama has a mythological legend that Lord Rama accompanied by his wife Sita stayed at the Cabo de Rama fort for some time during his 14 year old exile. The atmosphere of the fort creates a sense of history and drama that very few would fail to appreciate.  Not far from Agonda beach is Cabo de Rama is untouched by most of the visitors in this region.

If you are in Palolem delights, you should not miss the bike ride to the Cabo de Rama plateau and fort. The Journey takes you through some breath taking natural scenic views, all along the trip to Cabo de Rama. Green hills, valleys, paddy fields and the spectacular views of the Arabian sea from the hill tops and plateaus. Cabo de Rama plateau is dotted with small picturesque beaches and hill cliffs with natural springs intruding into the blue waters of the Arabian sea. (View more Photos)

Conco Island ( Canacona Island or Monkey Island)

Conco Island is a wooded island, which is pre-aged to the bay of Palolem. The island is also under the name of Canacona Island or Monkey Island, since over there monkeys live, which withdraw themselves into the adjacent forests. The island can be reached at low-tide simply by a very short swim or by wading across in knee deep waters during low tide. Also there are regular boat rides to Monkey Island, for those who don’t want to get their feet wet. (View more Photos)

Talpona River

Talpona River originates in the dense, mixed jungles of Ravan Dongor (Demon Hill) in between Nane and Kuskem on the Sahyadri Mountains. It comes down by passing Bhatpal, fed by the tributary, and drains into the Arabian Sea near the village of Talpona in Canacona Taluka. The river develops a length of around 31 kms. It has three other tributaries named Nadke, Gaondongrem, and Khalwade. (View more Photos)

Chapoli Dam

The place surrounding the Chapoli Dam in Canacona is a wonderful eco – tourist spot. Chapoli in Canacona is blessed with natural beauty. This is a very small dam surrounded by small rolling hills in the backdrop.  Lot of fishing activity goes on around these dam waters. (View more Photos)

Mallikarjun Temple

The Mallikarjun Temple is at Shristhal, some 2.5 km away from Chaudi on the main-road leading to Karwar and is one where devotees head for advice from oracles called the 'kaul'. The advice of the oracles is taken either from priests in a trance or by them interpreting the way flower petals drop down. Locally, Mallikarjun is a popular deity, as visible from the names of local educational institutions. This centuries-old temple was renovated in 1778. (View more Photos)

Chaudi Saturday local market

Chaudi also known as Chauri or Canacona is situated at about 33 km south of Margao. It is the main center of the Canacona district. It is mainly visited when one wants to get to Palolem, which is situated 2 km west. To the northeast of the town at about 1.5 km stands the new railway station.

Chaudi has a church known as the Saint Theresa of Jesus Church. It also has a famous market where one can get a lot of spices and all other necessary provisions. There are a number of restaurants that serve good South Indian food and other tasty dishes and drinks. There are some good hotels also for accommodation nearby. (View more Photos)

Dolphin Sighting

Dolphins frequent the waters around Palolem and can often be seen showing off their acrobatics from the beach. Dolphin trips can be arranged where the boat trip organizers can guarantee a sighting - if you are lucky enough you may even find them swimming in the sea with you!

Honeymoon Beach
A little ahead of Butterfly Beach lies another exotic cove hidden excellently between two hills. Locally and Popularly known as Honeymoon Beach because it is not accessible by foot and only the adventurous few venture to discover it. This hidden beach is favourite amongst lovers and newly weds because the whole beach is to oneself where one can dare to do skinny dipping, full body tan or just do something wild amidst nature. (View more Photos)

Pandava's drum

The area is full of legends of Pandava’s. On the southern end along the stream there is a large cup shaped rock. This is known as Pandava's drum. Have to hire a dug out wooden canoe to take you in the backwaters to this Pandava’s drum. People throw stones at it, if they hit a particular spot, a resonating sound comes.

Figueiredo House

In Palolem village you will come across Figueiredo House. This house was built in early twentieth century by Figueiredo family. It now commercially exists as a hotel. Must visit if you like to appreciate Portuguese architecture.

Butterfly beach

Towards the north along the waters lies a natural marvel called the Butterfly Island. The distance from the main land is not more than 200 m and a short boat ride is good enough to reach the island. The isolation acts a blessing in disguise as the island offers a secluded beach to the visitors all with its solitary charm and the thrills of any other Goan beach sans the overcrowded and over polluted stretches of sand. The dolphins are extra acrobatic in the waters surrounding the island. Low tides would create a vast canvas on the beach which is painted by the designer footsteps of crabs and goldfishes. Canoe ride along the tiny water streams on the island provide a thrilling ride. (View more Photos)

Rock Formations

Between Palolem Beach and Agonda Beach lies a couple of hidden coves having natural rock formations which must have taken millions of years to get created naturally with the lashing of the sea waves. One can take a short hike during low tide from the right side of Palolem Beach in front of Conco Island. Natural small rocks and boulders make it an interesting walk along the coastline. Another way to see the rock formations is to hire a dug out canoe fitted with an outboard motor, cruising at a slow speed while soaking in the visual delights and virgin beaches like Butterfly Beach and Honeymoon Beach. (View more Photos)

Partagal Mutt Temple

This Mutt headquarters earlier existed at Bhatkal in 1476 AD. Later (after the Samadhi of Swami Shrikanta Tirtha) shifted to Partagali village on the banks of the sacred river Kushavati in Goa known as  Gokarn-Partagali Mutt. This place is popularly known as Bramhasthan. After Swami Jeevothan Tirtha the Mutt is also called Jeevothan Mutt.  Present pontiff Vidhyadhiraj Tirtha succeeded to the Peetha in 1973. The Mutt has its headquarters at Partagali, Poinguinim, and Canacona in Goa. Close by is the banks of the Talpona river. Also known as the Gokarna Matha, is one of the 24 mathas of the Dvaita order, a system established by Madhvacharya in the 13th century AD.

This matha is also called Partagali Jivottama and is headquartered in Partagali, in Canacona in South Goa, on the banks of the river Kushavati.

Shri Saunsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevottam Math was established by Shree Narayanateertha Swamiji in the year 1475 A.  D.This place is developed as a hub for cultural activities and vedic teachings ( Dwarakanath Sanskrit Patashala). (View more Photos)


Largest Banyan Tree in Goa

There is a giant Vatavriksha (Banyan tree) about 200 meters to the north of the Partagal Jeevothan Mutt with 220 aerial roots and total area admeasuring 235 feet x 225 feet and is believed to be 2000 years old. It can accommodate about 1000 people in its shade. (View more Photos).


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