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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary


Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) is situated in Canacona Taluka in Goa district covering an area of approximately 105 sq km and  is covered by Semi-evergreen forest, Moist mixed deciduous forest, Riperian fringing forest and Hill valley swamp forest. In the year 1958 with an objective to protect different species of wild animals living, the Goa government established the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. A special feature of the sanctuary is a treetop watchtower positioned 25 metres above a watering hole where animals go to drink. At the starting of the sanctuary there is a eco-tourism complex that hoses a nature interpretation centre, library, cottages, canteen, children park and forest ranger office.

Flora & Fauna

  • CWS is a home for different species of birds, plants and wild animal.
  • Flora comprises of moist deciduous trees, semi-evergreen trees, and evergreen trees.
  • Different varieties of plant and trees that are found in the sanctuary are : Peepal, Teak, Babul, Salaia, Palas, Hiwar etc.
  • Animals that lives in Sanctuary are : Mouse Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Malabar Tropon, White Bellied Woodpecker, Indian Pangolin, Flying Squirrel etc.
  • Several tribal groups live in and around the sanctuary including the Velip and the Kunbil.

Best Time to Visit

  • As the Sanctuary is opened all the year but the best time to visit the Sanctuary is between October to March.

Timings and Entry Fee

  • The wildlife Sanctuary is opened everyday from 7:00 am till 5:30 pm.
  • Entry Fee is Rs. 20 and have to pay about Rs. 30 for camera.

How to Reach

By Air - Dabolim is the nearest airport which is approx 30 km away from Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Rail - Nearest railway station is at Madgaon city.

By Road - Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected to roads from all place in Goa.