Fun Facts :
Location : Canacona taluka in South Goa district
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Main Attractions : 25 m high treetop watchtower, Nature Interpretation Center, luxuriant vegetation.
Have you ever imagined how it will feel if wild animals gaze at you after you have taken the first sip of your morning tea? This can be a reality if you visit Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa. Here you will realize that Goa can offer you far beyond the beaches and churches.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the borders of Goa and Karnataka and it is the second largest wildlife reserve of Goa. This amazingly beautiful wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of approximately 86 sq. km. The perennial source of water to this dense forest is Talpona River, which meanders through the heart of the forest.
Main Attractions :
The forest department of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary has taken several attempts to make this wildlife reserve entertaining and interesting for tourists. The most notable of all this effort is a Nature Interpretation Center. This is an education park where tourists are imparted knowledge about wildlife.
The treetop house set inside the sanctuary is worth mentioning. This is a 25 m high treetop watchtower where nature lovers often climb to take the aerial view of the forest.
The forest of this sanctuary is a dense one with lush green forest canopy which barely allows sunlight to reach the ground. The forest is mostly covered by Moist Deciduous forest and there are few patches of Evergreen forests.
This sanctuary has a very scanty resource of wild animals. The wild animal population mainly consists of panthers, porcupines, hyenas, bison, gazelles and sloth bears. Few birds are also found in this reserve such as white-eyed eagles, rofus wood-pecker and Malabar crested eagle.
Those who are planning to go for wildlife excursion for the first time and that too with family will find this sanctuary the ideal option. It has sparse wild animals which makes it less dangerous for a family. You can take pleasure in roaming the forest while staying at ecotourism complex within the premises.