Wild-Life Sanctuaries of Goa

BONDLA: (55 Kms. from Panaji) it is one of the four Wild Life Sanctuary of Goa. More than a sanctuary is an ideal jungle resort and a major attraction for school going children and nature lovers. Its mini zones, sprawling deer park in natural habitat, its botanical and rose garden attract people throughout the year.

MOLLEM: Situated along with North – East border of Goa, about one and half hours journey from Panaji along Panaji – Belgaum national highway, the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary covers about 240 Sq. Kms. of thick forest clad slopes of Western Ghats and its valleys and is the biggest of the four sanctuaries of Goa. The sanctuary is rich in Wild life. It is a paradise for bird watchers. Besides flora and fauna thre are may important natural geological and historical features in this sanctuary. “Devils Canyon” is one of the most beautiful geological spots.

COTIGAO: The second largest of the four Wild- life sanctuaries in Goa, admeasures 105 sq. Kms. and is located about 60 kms. from Panaji, in Canacona taluka, South Goa district, nearly 3 Kms. off from the National Panaji – Manglore Highway – 17. Esconsed on the undulating slopes of Western Ghats covered with dense forest, its wild- life comprises mainly bison (gaur) sambur, cheetal, wild -boars, pocupines, langurs and bonnet monkeys, panthers prowl at night. The avi-fauna is varied and there are also plenty of snakes and other reptiles. the ancient Jeevottam Partagal Mut noted for vedic studies lies in the vicinity of the sanctuary. Not far off, a forest cottage caters to visitors and lovers of Nature. The famous Parashurama temple faces the guesthouse.

SALIM ALI BIRD SANCTUARY: Situated on Chorao island near Panaji along Mandovi river the sanctuary 1.78 sq. Kms. in area is fully covered with mangroves. Varieties of local as well as migratory birds frequently visit the area. it is an ideal picnic spot for nature lovers.

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