Salim Bird Sanctuary
The Bhagawan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Goa and attract travellers from all over. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, one of the best things to do in Goa is to visit these sanctuaries where you can enjoy the beauty of the place at its best.
The Bhagawan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 240 square kilometres and is located on the beautiful Western Ghats. Situated near Mollem, the sanctuary was initially called the Mollem Game Sanctuary. However, it was declared a protected zone in 1969 and renamed as Mollem National Park in 1978.
The wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The forests in the park have been categorised as West Coast Tropical Evergreen Forests, West Coast Semi Evergreen Forests and Moist Deciduous Forests. Furthermore, there are about 722 species of flowering plants in the wild, 128 species of endemic plants and several wild animals and birds.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
The wild mammals commonly found here include wild dogs, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, slender loris, porcupine, and pangolins. The commonly spotted bird species include drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, golden oriole, greater Indian hornbill, among others.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers and birding enthusiasts. It is situated on the tip of the Chorao Island in the Mandovi River. This sanctuary is named after the renowned ornithologist Salim Ali. It spreads over 178 hectares and a thick layer of mangrove occupies most parts of it. Apart from innumerable bird species, the preserve is home to species such as mudskippers and the black drongo.
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