Cotiagao Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary, 10km southeast of Chaudi, 12km southeast of Palolem, and 60km south of Panaji, was established in 1969. It is 86 square km of woodlands and is a nice place to visit. There is a good chance you will see wild boars, two kinds of monkeys, gaurs (Indian bison), and various types of birds. There are also panthers, sloth bears, porcupines, hyenas, and gazelles here, but they are rarely seen. The best time to visit is from October to March.

There is a 25m high treetop watchtower overlooking a waterhole, which animals use around dawn and dusk. To stay in the park overnight at the Forest Department’s Rest House or in the watchtower, you have to apply at the Deputy Conservator of Forests.