Located on the Goa - Karnataka border, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is the second biggest wildlife reserve in Goa. The Cotigao Sanctuary, a designated reserve since 1969, sprawls over an area of 86 sq. km. The Talpona river meanders through the thick vegetation and serves as the perennial water source for the sanctuary.
The Forest Department has set up a Nature Interpretation Center in the
sanctuary to impart knowledge to tourists regarding wildlife. Avid
nature buffs can climb up a 25-meter high treetop watchtower for a view
of the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Flora at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary stands out for its wealth of verdant
forests and luxuriant green canopy. The vegetation in the sanctuary is
mostly moist-deciduous type, with sporadic patches of semi-evergreen and
Fauna at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are in search of a sanctuary teeming with a plethora of wildlife
species, Cotigao will disappoint you. The sparse animal population
consists of Gazelles, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Panthers, Hyenas, Wild
Boars and Indian Bisons. The common winged visitors include rufous
woodpeckers, white-eyed eagles and the Malabar crested eagle.
How to Reach Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is Dabolim (80km).
The nearest railhead is at Canacona (12 km).
Poinguinim, 2 km away, is the nearest town. Poinguinim is 10 km away
from Chaudi, the main town of Cancacona on NH17.