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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is arguably the finest example of multi-storied forest that you will find in India. Typical to an evergreen forest, the vegetation in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is so dense that sunlight hardly reaches the ground. Moist deciduous type of vegetation interspersed with semi - evergreen and evergreen type, make for the vegetation of the place. Touching the border of the state of Karnataka, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the south of Goa. It is only 10 km away from a small town called Chaudi and lies along the National Highway 17.

Within the sanctuary there is a Nature Interpretation Center run by the Forest Department. From here you will be able to obtain an in depth knowledge about the forest of the region. The small streams that flow through the dense forestland presents a picturesque scenery. This is no doubt a unique wildlife refuge and a fine place to visit on a wild life tour of Goa. With an area of 86 sq km, the place has a lot of variety in terms of vegetation as well as wildlife. Once the place was home to exotic animals like tigers and leopards but these animals were hunted out of existence in this forest. There are however a few panthers, hyenas and gazelles.

The animals that you can expect to see while touring Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary are a couple of species of Monkeys, wild bore, gaur, etc. You can also climb a 25 m high watch tower near a waterhole and lay in wait for the animals as they come in ones and tows at the waterhole at dawn or dusk. The nearest bus stop is 2 km away from the gate and visitors will have to make arrangements for own transport. Written permission is required for overnight stay at both the watch tower or small rest houses. Tourists can do this from Deputy Conservator of Forests, 3rd Floor, Junta House in Panaji.

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