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The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary Founded in 1968 to protect a vulnerable area of forest lining the Goa- Karnataka border, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is today one of the most popular tourist destinations of Goa attracting thousands of visitors ever year. This southernmost sanctuary covers 86-sq-kms of mixed deciduous woodland and supports three forest types including -
1) Semi-Evergreen Forests, 2) Moist Deciduous Forests - the prevalent forest type and 3) Evergreen Forests.

Location: The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Canacona taluka at the border of Goa and Karnataka border.

Flora & Fauna: this beautiful wildlife sanctuary is blessed with amazing flora and fauna. Fauna: you can spot number of animal and bird species in the sanctuary including - Flying Squirrel, Slender Loris, Four-horned Antelope, Malabar Pit Viper, Indian Pangolin, Mouse Deer, Hump-Nosed Pit Viper, White-bellied Woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Draco or Flying Lizard, Speckled Piculet, Malayan Bittern, Golden-back Gliding Snake and Malabar Tree Toad. Flora: Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary includes both evergreen and semi-evergreen forests that have many different species of plants and trees.

How to Reach: Road - there are buses operating south on NH-14 to Karwar via Chaudi can drop you 2-km of the gates. Air - the closest Airport is Dabolim that is 80km from Sanctuary. Rail - the closest railway station is at Canacona (12 km).

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to December. Accommodation: The Park does not have ranges of lodging options to choose from, still you can find comfortable accommodation for overnight stay at Forest Rest House or you can also book tents on the spot at Nature Interpretation Centre located at the entrance of the park.
 
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