Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Located in the northeastern region of Goa and teeming with a variety of flora and fauna, lies the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The park sprawls over 8 square kilometers of lush lands and attracts hordes of tourists every year from different parts of the country. Besides harboring a myriad range of wildlife, the sanctuary is also home to those animals who have been injured due to some human-wildlife conflict. It also protects those who suffer the risk of extinction.

Thus, it happens to be one of the safest grounds for breeding animals and encourages research activities on them as well. Not very far from Margao, this picture-perfect sanctuary also has its exclusive deer park, botanical garden, and rose gardens. Thus, you can well understand why this wildlife park happens to be one of the most frequented zones by school children and nature lovers.

The soothing surroundings of the place encompassed within the enchanting hues of green and with the sunlight playing through the leaves will not only restore your mood but also rejuvenate your tired minds. You can relax in the bounty of nature, spend some quality moments with the animals, do some wildlife photography and enjoy the wildlife safari with your dear ones. The trip to Bondla will surely be worth your time and money and will serve as a refreshing change from the city’s cacophony.

If you are not time-bound, then a night stay at one of the forest cottages will surely turn out to be a thrilling experience. The beautiful cottages shrouded in an aesthetical aura lies in the heart of the wilderness where you can immerse yourself in the serenity of the forest at night. The rooms are well equipped with modern amenities and have attractive interiors that will offer you a comfortable stay. Thus, you can look forward to a memorable trip at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary with its spectacular environs.

Flora and Fauna at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

As you step into Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, the picturesque scenery around will leave you in absolute awe. The verdant patches of land flanked by towering deciduous trees and bamboo plantations add a mystical charm to the entire place. Some of the other trees that you will find here are Kindall, Jamba, Mimusops, Rosewood, Matti and many others. Clad with the intrinsic beauty of nature, the sanctuary will not fail to mesmerize you with its serenity.

As you travel along the trails of the forest, you will catch frequent glimpses of animals like bears, jungle cats, various types of deer, bison, Malabar Giant Squirrels, and others. You might be lucky enough to spot a panther too. Watch out for the exotic range of birds in the sanctuary. The commonly found ones are hornbills, woodpeckers, and kingfishers.

How To Reach

From Panaji

The distance from Panaji to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is just 46.7 km and will take around 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the destination. You can easily board any bus from Panaji bus stand or opt for cab services. You can also take your private cars and enjoy a comfortable drive to the sanctuary.

- From Goa International Airport

The distance between Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Goa International Airport is around 49 km and will take around 1 hour 15 minutes for traveling to the sanctuary. You can easily avail the cab services from the airport and enjoy a comfortable journey to your destination. You can also rent a car at a reasonable cost and drive to the sanctuary.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to April as the weather during this period remains pleasant, thus offering an enjoyable wildlife safari experience.

The monsoon lasts from June to September and the heavy downpour can spoil your plans. Thus, visitors are recommended not to schedule their trip to the sanctuary during the monsoon months.

Summers can be quite hot and humid and the temperature sometimes reaches 40 degrees celsius. Thus, try avoiding the wildlife safari from May to June and opt for the cooler months, when even the animals can be easily spotted basking in the warm sun rays.

Other Essential Information

- Location: Usgao-Ganjem VP, Ponda Taluka, North Goa- 403105. ( Lies at a distance of 38 km from Margao).

- Safari Price: The entry charges are nominal and the wildlife sanctuary tour costs around Rs 1800 to Rs 2000 for four people.

-  Safari Timing: The park remains closed on Mondays. One can avail of the safari trips throughout the week from 9 am to 5 pm

Places to eat near Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Dotted with several cafes and small shacks, a visit to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary will remain incomplete without tasting the exquisite local cuisine. Near the park, you will get several eateries where you can halt, enjoy the delicious food, and take some rest before you embark on your return journey. Here is a list of some of the restaurants where you can stop by for a hearty lunch.

1. Pan Aroma Restaurant- This restaurant brings to you a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and after a tiring excursion, this appetizing food will fill your hungry tummies. Gorge on the delicious variety of continental, Chinese, and Goan cuisine. The cozy ambiance and the quality of food will surely make you visit this place again.

2. Jila Bakery- This happens to be one of the best bakeries in Goa and the cinnamon-flavored cakes and sweet dishes will be a delicious treat for your taste buds. The rich taste of the home-baked snacks will linger in your mouth and you will surely feel tempted to pack some cakes for home.

3. Chef Fernando's Nostalgia- The Goan curry served here is a relishing dish among the other variety of food available like the Continental and Portuguese dishes. The grilled fish, the Goan seafood and the cheesecakes are a must-try. The prices are reasonable and the soothing ambiance of the restaurant will make your dining experience enjoyable.

4. Tilve-  Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can opt for this restaurant as the freshly cooked dishes are truly mouth-watering. Here you will get different types of sumptuous seafood and a wide range of delicious sweets for dessert. At reasonable prices, you can fill in your hungry tummies with some amazing dishes.

5. Cafe Bhonsle- This is the perfect restaurant for every vegetarian and pleases every hungry stomach with its speedy preparation of North Indian and South Indian thalis. At cheap prices, the food served here is tasty and is sure to win the hearts of the guests.

6. The Goan Majestic- This restaurant happens to be one of the buzzing eateries near Bondla Sanctuary and will greet you with its sumptuous range of meals and snacks at reasonable prices. The outdoor setting and the cozy ambiance adds to the charm of the entire place.

7. Savor Restaurant and Bar- With a welcoming ambiance, Savor Restaurant offers you its wide range of Indian and North Indian dishes. It a perfect place for family dining and outdoor sitting arrangement makes the experience all the more worthwhile. Gorge on the delicacies and grab a glass of the luscious drinks here.

Tips for visiting Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

1. Before you embark on your wildlife safari at Bondla Sanctuary, do remember to keep a few things in mind so as to enjoy the journey to the fullest.

2. The wildlife sanctuary is a no-plastic zone. Hence, do not throw the plastic wrappers of your food or litter the premises of the forest area.

3. Remember that you are visiting the home of the animals as a guest and thus be on your best behavior. Do not disturb them and call for unnecessary trouble for yourself.

4. If you are spending the night at the forest resorts, then do spend some refreshing moments under the open sky. The resorts have some beautiful lawns where you can unwind yourself and take in the fresh air.

5. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, carry sufficient water and do not forget your cameras as you will get tempted to capture some beautiful sights.

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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews

Revati More
Reviewed: 15 Jul 2021
We stayed at the deluxe rooms. Great room and awesome property amenities. Overall a great experience. I was happy to see all covid norms were followed at this resort. I would highly recommend booking your stay here.
Trupti Dhuri
Reviewed: 18 Apr 2021
We booked this resort for a friend’s trip and had a memorable time. We enjoyed zorbing, rope activities, swimming, jungle safari, and food. Even the bonfire made our evenings remarkable.
Chaten Dutta
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2021
I was on a work trip with a few colleagues and we stayed at this resort for two nights during the pandemic. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we had no problems with check in and room selection. The process was contactless, and a complete sanitisation procedure was maintained. The resort in itself is quite v... Read More
Amritambu Desai
Reviewed: 25 Feb 2021
I can safely say this is one of the best places I have ever stayed. It is the ideal locale for nature lovers because of the green walkways, the trees and ecocentric facilities. The entire experience was very pleasing.

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