The sanctuary is known for its dense forest of tall trees, some of which reach 30 metres in height. The forest supports moist deciduous trees, semi-evergreen trees, and evergreen trees. A special feature of the sanctuary is a treetop watchtower positioned 25 metres above a watering hole where animals go to drink. The best times to visit the watchtower are dawn and dusk when animals are most likely to be visiting.
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. Eight nature trails traverse the sanctuary, ranging from 500 metres to 5 kilometres long. Several tribal groups live in and around the sanctuary including the Velip and the Kunbil. Visitors can interact with these communities to learn about their culture and lifestyle.
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What to do in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary:
Wild Life: 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, Malabar Tree Toad
Where is Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary:
Location: Canacona taluka (or South Goa District), Goa, India
When & how to get to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary:
Best Time to Visit: 01-Oct to 31-Dec
Getting There: Any of the buses running south on NH-14 to Karwar via Chaudi will drop one within 2-km of the gates. However, to explore the inner reaches of the sanctuary, one really needs one’s own transport.
Nearest Town: Poinguinim
Nearest Airport: Dabolim
Nearest Railway Station: Canacona
Where to stay (Lodges / Guest Houses / Camps / Resorts / Hotels):
Accommodation: Written permission for an overnight stay, either in the watchtower or the forest department’s small rest house must be obtained from the Deputy Conservator Of Forests, 3rd Floor, Junta House, Panjim, as far in advance of one’s visit as possible. If one gets stuck, however, the wardens can arrange tent, blankets and basic food.
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Climate & Weather conditions in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary:
Temp: NA c to NA c
Altitude: 1,167 m
Other details about Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary:
Area: 86 sq km