Goa Wildlife & Sancturies
Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated along the North-East border of Goa at Molem, about one and half hours journey from Panaji (60 kms.) along Panaji-Belgaum National Highway, the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary covers 240 sq. kms. of thick forest clad slopes of Western Ghats and its valleys and is the biggest of the three sanctuaries of Goa.
The sanctuary is rich in wildlife. It is a paradise for bird watchers. Besides flora and fauna there are many important geological and historical features in this sanctuary. Dudhsagar falls, about an hour's journey from Colem by train, is a feast for the eyes. The "Devil canyon" is another beautiful geological spot. The famous Tambdi Suria temple is about 13 kms. from Molem. The Dept. of Tourism has built comfortable cottages and dormitories for tourists.
It is 50 kms., from Panaji and 38 kms. from Margao. It is one of the three wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. More than a sanctuary it is an ideal jungle resort, a major attraction for school going children and nature lovers.
Its mini zoos, sprawling deer park in naniral habitat, botanical and rose gardens attract people through the year. Comfortable cottages are available here for tourists. The Zoological Park and garden at Bondia remain closed on Thursdays.
Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary
The second largest of the three wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, with an area of 105 sq. kms.is located at about 60 kms. from Panaji, inCanacona Taluka in South Goa, nearly 3 kms. off the Panaji-Mangalore National Highway No. 17. It is covered with dense forest and varied wildlife, avi fauna and reptiles. The ancient Jeevottam Partagal Math, noted for vedic studies, lies in the vicinity of the sanctuary.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
This sanctuary can be visited any time of the year with the permission of the Chief, Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji-Goa. The sanctuary is approach able by walk after crossing over by ferry from Ribandar to Chorao. Spread over 1.78 sq. kms. and located at the western tip of the island of Chorao along river Mandovi near Panaji. It is fully covered with mangrove species. Varieties of local as well as migratory birds frequently visit the are.
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