The Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary is located in the Canacona Taluka of South Goa, along the Goa-Karnataka border.
This sanctuary boasts an observation deck concealed amongst the foliage of a 25m tall tree. This deck affords the intrepid explorer an uninterrupted view of the watering hole, where the animals congregate at dawn and dusk to slake their thirst. The sanctuary is open from 7.00am till 5.30pm every day. The price of admission is Rs.5 per person, plus an additional Rs. 25 for cameras. Those who wish to make an overnight stay must obtain permission from the Deputy Conservator of Forests (office in Margao)
The Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1968 to protect the exposed stretch of woodland on the Goa-Karnataka border, which was home to a number of species of animal and bird life, as well as some rare, old trees. One can look out for 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.
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