Welcome to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Don’t expect to bump into its more exotic residents (including gaurs, sambars, leopards and spotted deer), but frogs, snakes, monkeys, insects and blazingly plumed birds are in no short supply. Trails are hikable; set off early morning for the best sighting prospects from one of the two forest watchtowers, though heed the park warden’s recent warning: ‘Don’t climb too high, madam, for ladder is under repair.’ The watchtowers are 6km and 9km from the park entrance, so to get there in time to see the creatures at their most active, get going from Palolem, Patnem or nearby at the crack of dawn.

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