Canacona is a city in the picturesque coastal Indian state of Goa. It is a part of the South Goa district. The state capital of Panjim is located at a distance of 73 km north of the city. Canacona is famous for its beaches, which are popular not only among Indian visitors, but among foreign tourists too.
Places to Stay
A wide variety of hotels and lodges exist in the area living up to its repute. Some of the budget hotels which are worth trying are Royal Touch Beach Huts & Restaurants (Tariff – Rs. 800), Pande Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Rishi Exotica Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sevas Huts (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area is Konkani. Being a cosmopolitan area, Hindi and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Easter, Christmas, New Year, Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
It is anyone’s guess, that the area with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting within the city are Palolem Beach, Colomb Beach, Patnem Beach and Talpona Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport at a distance of 64 km.
The Belgaum Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 164 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.
A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.