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.
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.