Goa Wildlife Sanctuaries – An Introduction

Goa Wildlife Sanctuaries – An Introduction

Goa is a celestial destination which is known for its rich and vibrant collection of flora and fauna, mesmerizing composition of sun, sand and sea, gourmet cuisines and eclectic carnival. The geographical location of this place gifted it with a spectrum of wildlife sanctuaries which are also a vital facet of Goa tourism. These wild sanctuaries and Parks are enchanting destinations which are teeming with varieties of wild animals, birds and plant species. Some of the well known wildlife sanctuaries are:

Dr. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary:

Goa’s only bird sanctuary which is located in Chorao Island on the Mandovi River. It spreads over an area of 1.8 Sq Km and is known for its rich collection of local as well as migratory birds. This bird sanctuary is named after the India’s famous Ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. It is among the well known attractions.Which is known for its several species of birds and plants. The mangrove ecology of this place nestles several varieties of birds and plants. The exotic collection of 400 species of birds, including migratory attracts scores of tourists to this place.

The best time to visit this place is from the month of October to March because the weather is pleasant and birds come here in plenty. Some of the well known attractions are kingfishers, mudskipper, pintails, black drongo coots, egrets etc.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary:

It is a well known wildlife sanctuary of this place which is visited by scores of tourists from several parts of the globe. This sanctuary was initially established as a refuge for injured or orphaned animals. The well known attraction of this place is a botanical garden, a rose garden and a small deer-park. Some of the other common species found here are bison, wild bear, deer, leopards, serpents and birds.

The best time to visit this place is from the month of November to March because the weather is pleasant.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary:

This wildlife sanctuary is located 53 km from Panaji in Sanguem taluk, South Goa district. It is the largest wildlife reserve in Goa which is spread over an area of 240 sq. km. This sanctuary is situated amidst deciduous and evergreen flora which makes it rich in natural beauty. The Molem National Park is well known attraction of this park which is known for its herds of deer and gaurs (Indian bison), Malayan giant squirrels, clusters of monkeys and python.

The wild beauty of this park attracts scores of tourists to this place every year. But from October to March is considered as the best time to enjoy the beauty of this place.

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