Goa is known for its beaches, nightlife, seafood and laid back lifestyle. Get set to explore the wild side of this wonderful state, literally! We are talking about the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. Though these national parks of Goa in India are not very vast or extensive like those in other countries, they sure provide an ideal escape from the bustling city life. People who have a penchant for forests, chirping of birds and love to spot wild animals can experience the Goan wild life in any of the four major sanctuaries located here. Lush green vegetation and absolutely natural surroundings make these sanctuaries a place that should not be missed while on your trip to Goa. So get set to feel the adrenalin rush through your body as you wade through the thick jungles and spot a panther sitting merely at a distance of 100 meters from you!
The Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary is the largest wildlife
sanctuary out of the four sanctuaries located in Goa. Spread over an
area of 240 square kilometers, the Bhagvan Mahaveer sanctuary is located
amongst the thick forest cover on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The
lush green forest cover is home to a variety of animals and birds.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over an area of around 8 square kilometers, the Bondla wildlife
sanctuary is the smallest wildlife sanctuary in Goa. The landscape of
the Bondla wildlife sanctuary is strikingly beautiful and the lush green
vegetation provides a natural ecosystem. The Bondla national park has a
Botanical Garden, Rose Garden and Deer Park within its premises.
The Cotigao wildlife sanctuary is located in the Canacona district in
south Goa. This sanctuary was established in the year 1969. It covers an
area of 86 square kilometers and is the second largest sanctuary in Goa.
To reach the Catigao national park, you will have to hire a vehicle of
your own and reach from nearby places in south Goa. One can watch the
animals from the 25 meter high watchtower that is located near the
Talpona River that flows through this sanctuary.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird
Dr. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is one of the most famous bird sanctuaries
in India. It has been named after the famous ornithologist of India, Dr.
Salim Ali. This bird sanctuary is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries
in Goa and is spread over an area of just 1.8 square kilometers. Even
though it is small, it has a variety of species of birds and plants.