Beach Life Continued
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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We stayed at Palolem Guesthouse, located a few minutes short walk back from the beach. It was a bit more expensive than a simple beach hut but was well worth it in terms of quiet and comfort. After travelling for so long we are finding that we are starting to crave a certain level of comfort and cleanliness
On our second day here we took a rickshaw up the coast to the small village of Agonda. Agonda is probably how Palolem was ten years ago with a long, quiet beach and fewer places to stay. We had thought about staying here but decided against it because it is one of the last places in India where endangered olive ridley turtles lay their eggs. If this beach becomes as busy as Palolem then it seems unlikely that the turtles will continue to come here. Walking along the beach we came across a little hut with a sign that said Turtle Protection Centre. Unfortunately there was no one around to answer any questions. There was however a nest with a protective fence around it and a sign saying that the eggs had been laid about a week ago. At least there are some signs that things are being done but we couldn’t help feeling that the authorities could be doing more, like having posters in the hut explaining about the turtles and the dangers they are facing for both locals and tourists to read.
On our last day we visited Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, located a few kilometres inland. We spent the whole morning here walking along quiet lanes and tracks through the shady forest accompanied by the twitters and cheeps of some of the hundreds of bird species found here. We spotted quite a few langur monkeys, peering down at us from the trees with their wise old man faces. Leopards also make this place their home but we didn’t see any of those!