• About

    The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the southern end of Goa in Canacona, close to the borders of its neighboring state, Karnataka. It is known for its lush, dense, evergreen forests and rare tall green plants. The deciduous woodlands span an area of 86 kms and are a popular spot for tree lovers. It is the second largest sanctuary in Goa after the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Getting there

    It is necessary to acquire one’s own transport because, though there are a number of buses that run south on NH-17 to Karwar via Chaudi, the buses stop within two kms of the sanctuary’s gates. There is no other transport to get to the sanctuary. There are a number of tourist agencies that offer rides and tour packages from Mapusa and Panjim. It is 12 kms away from Palolem, and the nearest train station is at Canacona, 3 kms away.

    Quick Facts

    • The wildlife sanctuary is rich with deciduous woodlands and contains a rich dense forest making it a popular destination for nature and tree lovers alike.
    • The wildlife sanctuary has tribal groups residing in the forest area such as the Velip and the Kunbi tribes who are considered to be the ancient race of Goa’s aboriginal people. Visitors are given the opportunity to interact with the tribals to learn their culture and traditions.
    • Due to the densely covered forest region, wild animals can only be observed occasionally, and these sightings are based on pure luck. The sanctuary is open throughout the year on all days. But the best time for animal sightings is during the months of October to March.
    • The sanctuary has a small lake called Bela Lake, and there are three waterholes in the sanctuary out of which two have watch towers from which visitors can catch occasional glimpse of wild animals such as four-horned antelope, Malabar pit viper, Malabar trogon, velvet-fronted nuthatch, heart-spotted woodpecker, speckled piculet, Malayan bittern, flying lizard, golden-back gliding snake etc.