Goa’s special and unique tourist spot is Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem Taluk, Goa. It is a wide, 240 square kilometers large protected area situated near the town of Molem which has a lot of important temples and the famous Dudhsagar Falls. The protected area was known as Mollem Game Sanctuary and later in 1969, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and the name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
The core area inside that covers around 107 square kilometers was declared as Mollem National Park in 1978. The most pristine greenery is located inside the park and that is classified as West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests. Also, the sanctuary houses several perennial water sources that act as the major water provider to the park and the nearby areas.
There are a huge variety of animal species and bird species living in harmony inside the sanctuary. Mammals include black panther, Bengal tiger, barking deer, common langur, flying squirrel, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, porcupine, leopards, bonnet macaque, civet and the bird family includes drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, grey headed myna and many more. Along with them, there are different types of butterflies, reptiles, insects and similar species found inside the sanctuary.
Entry timings: 08:30 am to 04:00 pm on all days.
Entry fee: adults- Rs.20, child- Rs.5, still camera fee- Rs.30, video camera- Rs.150. For vehicles: two wheelrs- Rs. 40, cars- Rs. 120 and for mini buses it is Rs. 250.Location: NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa 403410.