Visit to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

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Lush greenery, chirping birds, and streams of water everywhere…exploring nature in the rains has its thrills and benefits! The students of upper primary and high school set out to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary at Cotigao, Canacona.

Situated at the borders of Goa and Karnataka, it is the second largest Sanctuary in Goa, set up in 1969. This Sanctuary is densely populated by tall trees of the moist deciduous type. Watch towers strategically located near water holes afford excellent view of the wildlife.

The excursion proved to be very fruitful, with the visit exposing the students to the skeletal remains of wild animals at the museum; familiarizing themselves to the state tree of Goa (Crocodile bark tree), state animal of Goa (The Indian Bison- Gaur), and also viewing the Marsh crocodile, the Brahmini Kite, spotted deer and doe and snakes at close range. The students saw tiny crabs and fish in the water streams, pill millipede crawling around, huge rainforest trees and a variety of roots all around.

The journey, though long was interesting. The scenic view with mountains topped with dense clouds was breath taking. Terrace farming, the very unique Ganpathi formed of roots at Karmal Ghat and the Center of ancient Vedic studies were some of the interesting areas that were also seen during the two hour drive to the Sanctuary.

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