Tourist Attractions of Corella

The municipality of Corella is much endowed with beautiful spots and attractions worthy of a visit. Its rolling terrain, thick forests and verdant rice fields are true manifestations of God’s grandeur and bounty in the area. Yet God’s greatest gift to Corella is the tarsier. Their presence in the municipality makes it one of the tourist destinations of Bohol.

Tarsier

The tarsiers are found in the barangays of Canapnapan, Cancatac, Tanday, Sambog and the Poblacion. Being endangered specie, the smallest primate is now being preserved, nurtured and fed in Corella by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation. In fact Corella as well as neighboring towns have been declared a tarsier sanctuary by the government.

The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 167- hectare forested land within the municipalities of Corella, Sikatuna and Loboc established by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation.

The sanctuary is mostly of secondary growth forest some portions of which are open and relatively bare yet majority has lush vegetation mostly of second-growth trees, bamboo clumps, tall grass patches and thick bushes that tarsiers prefer.

One can also observe different fauna and flora in the forested areas. The later has signage with their scientific name, place of origin, geographical distribution, and a brief explanation of their properties and traditional applications.

Tarsier Research and Development Center

The Tarsier Research and Development Center is within the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary. The Center is located at Cancatac, about three kilometers from the town proper of the municipality of Corella. The Tarsier Research and Development Center serves as a visitor center and a venue for research, as well as a habitat preserve. Visitors are oriented with the unique characteristics and habits of the animal through photos and audio-visual presentations.

Near the visitor’s center is an enclosed area with a seven-foot high fence where some tarsiers are kept for feeding, captive breeding and display. Within this spacious net enclosure, 100 of these animals are kept to easily monitor their development and production; and to protect them from predators like feral cats as well as from poachers and hunters.

Tarsier Trail

The Tarsier Trail has been set-up deep within the woods of the Sanctuary, starting at Corella and runs thru the towns of Sikatuna heading towards Loboc. Trained guides are provided to trekkers. The trail winds among wooded areas of mahogany and teak with wide varieties of palm, fern, bamboo, and other tropical plants and trees. Other animals, especially birds, also inhabit the forest.

Corella Church of Nuestra Señora del Villar

The Corella Church of Nuestra Señora del Villar (Our Lady of the Village)is often visited by tourists who come to Bohol on pilgrimages or who are on heritage tours. The present church was built in the year 1924. The church is surrounded by a spacious and well-kept garden. The Tarsier Sanctuary is not far from it.