Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, a place where one can see the multi-storied trees along with the rare vegetation is place, is located in Goa. The forest in the park is so dense that one can hardly see any light on the ground. The park shares its border with Karnataka, the south Indian state and is featuring as the second largest National park in Goa. The park is filled with deciduous forests along with the patches of semi-evergreen and evergreen patches. Exploring such grenery will be a pleasing experience for your Wildlife holiday package.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Canacona Taluka of South Goa. The nearest town of the sanctuary is Poinguinim which is located at a distance of 2 km only. The wildlife park is spread across in area approx 86 sq km which makes this place holds the position of second Largest wildlife reserve in Goa.
The sanctuary is compact with 8 plush natural trails which are spread throughout the reserve spreading in the length and breadth of 500m to 5km. Travellers can look into the beauty of the natural reserve through 6 spectacular watchtowers from where one can enjoy watching the plush Wildlife of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Within the wildlife sanctuary there are two shimmering rivers namely Gal River and Talpona River which has the originating points within the sanctuary.
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Wildlife in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
The safari in this dense plush forest will be a pleasing experience for you. You will enjoy watching the flying squirrels here along with the Indian Pangolins, Four Horned antelopes, Pantehers, tigers, hyenas, mouse deer, Malabar pit vipers and many more. All those who loves bird watching, this is the place for you all, with different varieties of birds here such as white bellied woodpecker, velvet –fronted nuthatch, heart-spotted woodpecker and Malabar crested eagle, you can enjoy the charming bird watching. The wildlife can be watch from the vintage point of the watchtowers.
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Jungle Safari in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
If travellers wish to explore the jungle with their private vehicles, then they are allowed to do so and explore the sanctuary which would be convenient for you. There is also a nature interpretation center laying inside the forest near the entrance which will fill you with knowledge of the forest. For the easy staying of travellers, the forest department maintains the campsites nicely and offers them cots, canvas tents and mosquito tents.
All foodies, you need not have to worry, for you all, the sanctuary boast the canteen along with that there is an amphitheater for the entertainment and for adventure lovers the place offers cycling trail which would be a pleasing experience. One cannot enter the premises with their own food and water, if you want, you would like to take a prior permission from Deputy Conservator of Forests in Panaji. If you wish to stay outside the premises then one can find n numbers of resorts in Goa, that are available in wide range that suits every pocket.
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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism Details
1. It is open for all days from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.
2. Entry Fee – Local Adult 5 Rs – local Child 2 Rs.
3. Still Camera Fee – Rs 25
4. Video Camera Fee – Rs 100
5. The premises contains Eco-tourism complex which is laying 300 meters from the entrance.