5 Must See Sanctuaries in Goa

Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries boast of more than 1512 documented species of plants, over 275 species of birds, over 48 kinds of animals and over 60 genera of reptiles. The Western Ghats, which form most of eastern Goa, have been internationally recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. Most of the forests in the state are located in the interior eastern regions of the state and these equatorial forests are spread around an area of about 1,424 square km.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Northeastern Goa, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ponda. Covering an area of around 8 square kilometers this is a favourite sanctuary for tourists.

Bondla provides sanctuary to leopards who have been injured when they ventured too close to human habitation, and dancing bears and cobras who, along with their trainers, need a new life as the age-old tradition of dancing bears and snake charming is now illegal. Giant Squirrel, Sambar Deer, Indian Bison, Indian Peafowl and varied species of snake.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the North Goa District, Sattari this sanctuary spread around 208 squar kilometers is a home to Bengal Tigers. There are Forest Department rest houses at Valpoi and Keri, areas close to the sanctuary.

Mhadei Sanctuary is known for its twin waterfalls, the 469 feet Vazra Sakla waterfalls and the Virdi Falls in the Chorla Ghats region on the escarpment of the Goa-Maharashtra-Karnataka border in the Swapnagandha valley forest near Virdi village.

Vazra Sakla Falls

The 143 m (469 ft) Vazra Sakla falls are one of the most distinguishing landmarks of the region. 

Vazra Waterfalls
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Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Netravali Waterfalls
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Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Located on western tip of the Island of Chorão along the Mandovi River, Goa. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist has a paved walk that runs between mangroves of Rhizophora mucronata, Avicennia officinalis and other species. The sanctuary and the island is accessed via ferry service.

Dr Salim Ai Bird Sanctuary
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