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  • Not to be wondered about hearing unusual things regarding Goa which is known as the land of pristine beaches to the outer world. But when you visit this tiny state in India, you will come to know about the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Goa which would make you happy without doubt. The tourism sector in Goa is developing their focus on other major parts of the region rather than the beaches and beach based activities.

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    Among them, the most important one is the introduction of the major wildlife sanctuaries to the travelers arriving in Goa. That is a positive sign of exploring the land with more passion and it is a chance to know its interiors on your own. The huge jingles in Goa make way for these wildlife sanctuaries to become a prominent part of tourism. The wilderness acts as a favourite haven for many rare animals and birds along with a unique collection of plants and trees.

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    A visit to these sanctuaries would be making your holidays in Goa eventful and of course creates the best memories to cherish a lifetime. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary etc are some of the most visited and highly protected sanctuaries in the state. The Western Ghats give the maximum support to the animals reared inside these sanctuaries and the backwaters and rivers in Goa are giving them water and the pleasing ambience to maintain their relation with nature.

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    For people who are really interested to know about the forest ranges and the inhabitants in them must visit these sanctuaries to identify yourself closely associated with each item in the jungles.

    Here are some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Goa:

  • 01Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

    The smallest of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary falls in the Ponda region. Slightly away from the coast, this 8 sq.km long natural reserve lies in the foothills of the lush green Western Ghats.

    A great attraction to school children and tourist Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to a wide range of wildlife like Indian Bison, Sambar Deer, Indian Peafowl, Malabar Giant Squirrel and a variety of deer and snake. Along with the Common Grey Hornbill and Golden Backed Woodpecker, more than a hundred different species of birds reside in this garden.

    More of a jungle resort with Eco-Tourism cottages where nature lovers can stay and explore the diverse wildlife in Goa, the sanctuary even has a zoological park, an expansive deer park,  botanical and rose garden to woo its visitors. The adventure enthusiasts in Goa can also opt for a trek through the reserve to gain insight and enjoy the picturesque natural ambiance.

    Best visited during December and January, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary even houses a small archeological exhibition with many figurines dating back to the sixth century. Allowing the visitors between 9:00AM-5:00PM (except on Thursday), this sanctuary can be easily reached as it is well connected to different parts of Goa.

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  • 02Molem Wildlife Sanctuary



    Molem Wildlife sanctuary is the core area of Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Located in the Sanguem region, it is best explored in between November to March. 

    Barking Deer, Black Panther, Bengal Tiger, Bonnet Macaque, Leopard, Civet and Wild Boar can be easily spotted while strolling around this sanctuary. A heaven for bird watchers, it boasts of recording 120 different bird species like Wagtails, Fairy Bluebird, Drongo, Three-Toed Kingfisher, Great India Hornbill and Golden Oriole.

    With vehicles permitted within the sanctuary, the biggest attraction here is the adventurous jungle safari; the park is also famous for its trekking trails in Goa and bird watching. It is also recommended to hire an experienced guide while travelling through the thick forest.

  • 03Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

    A perfect representation of the delicate ecosystem of the Western Ghats, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Canacona Taluka, South Goa. This 105 sq. km. large park is called a tree lovers paradise and is at its blooming zenith is between October to March. Visitors are allowed every day from early 7:00AM to 5:30 PM after a minimal entry fees; however, there are extra charges for carrying camera or any kind of videography devices.

    Covered heavily by thick deciduous trees, it serves as the home to Flying Lizard, Golden-Back Gliding Snake, Malabar Trogon, White-Bellied Woodpecker and Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch. The sanctuary has about eight natural trails ranging from 500m to 5km.

    A Nature Interpretation Centre run by the forest department organizes various treks and walks through the abundant greenery.  For the daredevils who wish to spend a night in the open wilderness, the forest department even arranges for a cot and mosquito nets.  

    Another unique feature is the 25m high watchtower that is balanced entirely atop the trees and provides an exhilarating view of a waterhole where the four-legged residents often visit.

    Visitors can also go for some of the best water sports activities in Goa for more fun and entertainment.

  • 04Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located at the Sattari Taluka near Valpoi town, Molem Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in biodiversity and is being considered to be promoted as one the Project Tiger Reserves due to the presence of Royal Bengal Tigers. Highly renowned for spectacular waterfalls like the Vazra Sakla and the Virdi Falls in the Chorla Ghats region, this biodiversity hotspot has been termed as an area of high endemism by Conservation International. 

    The animal lovers can treat their eyes with a glimpse of Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Ruddy Mongoose, Asian Palm Civet and Black-Faced Langur. However Leopard, Sloth Bear, Black Panther, Dhole, Mouse Deer, Jungle Cat, Indian Pangolin and the endangered Slender Loris are a rare sight in this sanctuary. 

    Also awarded the title of an International Bird Area, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary also houses a number of   White-bellied Blue-flycatcher, Malabar Parakeet, Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Rufous Babbler, Grey-headed Bulbul and Crimson-backed Sunbird. Best time to plan your visit to the wildlife in Goa is in the months of November to March when the humidity level is comparatively low.


  • 05Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

    Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

    The newest addition to the enchanting wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Sanguem Taluka of Eastern Goa which covers an approximate 211 sq. km of the enchanting Western Ghats. It derives its name from the Netravali or Neturli, an important tributary of the Zuari River, which is also an extremely significant source of fresh water in the region.

    Along with a spectacular array of wildlife and terrain, this sanctuary also has some of the most enchanting forest coverage with moist deciduous woods fused beautifully together with semi-evergreen and evergreen patches. This rich and diverse abode of the wilds also boasts of its stunning range of fauna that includes Panthers, Cobras, Giant Squirrels, Great Pied Hornbills Slender Loris and the rarely found Malabar Tree Toad.

    A perfect haven for birds and butterflies it is also the home to avifauna like Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Grey Headed Bulbul, Great Pied Hornbill and butterflies like Black Rajah, Gaudy Baron, and Malabar Tree Nymph. Best visited in the months from October to March, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary attracts lots of nature lovers with its scintillating forests along with numerous waterfalls and perennial streams.

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  • 06Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, a 240sq.km of protected area located in the Western Ghats, in Sanguem taluka, is the biggest of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Along with being rich in flora and fauna, it encloses numerous temples from the Kadamba Dynasty and the famous Dudhsagar Waterfalls.  

    The domain is also home to Dhangar nomadic buffalo herders. The unspoiled vegetation constituting of tropical evergreen and semi-green forests together with moist deciduous forests along with numerous perennial water streams makes Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary a perfect habitat for a plethora of birds and animals. 

    Mammals like Panther, Barking Deer, Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque and Sambar can be spotted along with birds like Blue Mormon, Common Jezebel, Common Mormon and Plain Tiger.

    Open all through the week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, this sanctuary is best visited in between November and March. One can leisurely stroll through the sanctuary along with an experienced guide, but for the adventure enthusiasts, there are various exciting activities in Goa like jungle safaris, forest trails, and night safaris.

  • 07Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

    Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

    Located at the western tip of the Chorao Island along Mandovi River, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a mangrove swamp, which is an ornithologist's paradise. Named after the most popular ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali, this sanctuary is a sheer delight for anyone who has a fondness towards rare and exotic birds.

    Open all throughout the year, you can enter this avifaunal paradise after a prior permission of the Chief Wild Life Warden of the Forest Department with minimal entry fees. Boat rides within the sanctuary take the visitors to some of the areas that are often visited by the colorful dwellers of the park. Moreover, one can plan a trip with family and friends to visit best places in Goa

    The variety of local and migratory bird species found here are Eagles, Drongos, Kingfishers, Kites, Myna, Curlews, Sandpiper, Redshank, and Hoopoe. To get the most out of this trip plan the visit either in the early morning and late evening. 

    Besides being the hub of the party and beach lovers, Goa is also a hotspot for the wildlife lovers. Be it for those who adore the colorful birds or those who prefer to witness wilderness amidst the jungle beasts, wildlife in Goa or the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa are the idyllic options!

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Calangute Beach

Deserving every reason to be called the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach is a paradise for nature lovers holding the spectacular beauty and charm. The beach reflects the unique Goan culture with a glorious view of the landscape serving as a perfect retreat for visitors. Here you can find the effervescent markets selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa and ideal for witnessing the beauty of palm and coconut trees against the locale of the magnificent Arabian Sea.

This beach is often crowded with people swelling towards the sea, lazing around, taking sunbath and children making sand castles. Another spectacular features of Calangute Beach is its sunsets and sunrise.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Wind surfing etc.

  • Nightlife: Cantare, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos

  • Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The Calangute Beach is 16 kilometers away from the city of Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji:  There is a regular bus service which runs from Panaji to the Calangute Beach. If one is driving then it takes half an hour to forty minutes to cover the distance.

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Baga Beach

Baga Beach in Goa looks as though it has come straight out of a work of art. Lofty white waves hurrying to wipe out the prints of feet left by you on the white sand while the breeze keeps on playing with the palm trees is a sight to behold at this majestic beach in Goa.

It is a decent place to appreciate some moments and abide in a serene consideration with oneself. It is counted as one of the best beaches in Goa where you can see wonderful sunsets and at the same time appreciate the cool morning breeze. The shacks become animated in the late night with music impacting and astounding client service at the party places in Baga Beach. It is also a center point to experience daring water sports and famed for drawing in a huge number of sightseers every year.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

  • Nightlife: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar etc

  • Location: Baga Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: From Panaji the Baga Beach is located 19 kilometers away.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The Baga beach is just half an hour drive away from Panaji and 15 minutes from Mapusa. There are frequent buses available to Baga from Mapusa and Panaji throughout the day and the journey takes about half an hour from Panaji.

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Candolim Beach

This beach has won the hearts of tourists for its tranquil ambience, adventure sports and other amusement options. The enchanting Candolim Beach is particularly famous for its nightlife which ensures fun and some crazy moments to remember for a lifetime. Interesting adventure sports, spellbinding scenery and a unique festivity makes Candolim Beach one of the best beaches in Goa. The Sunburn Festival is held here for three days every year attracting hordes of tourists. Also, the water activities at Candolim Beach are must try to get the adrenaline rush with adventure.

This beach is the perfect place for all the individuals who search for restoration, fun and quietness. Its peaceful and serene air enchants numerous voyagers. On the highest point of it, when you come to realize that it's a home to a lot of water sports and different exercises, at that point you'll wish to never go back home.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Jet Skiing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Scooter etc.

  • Nightlife: Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos etc.

  • Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: This beach is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Candolim Beach from Panaji is via a bus or your private car. There is no air or rail connectivity between Candolim Beach and Panaji.

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Morjim Beach

Nestled in the midst of lush green surroundings, Morjim Beach is a delight that will leave you refreshed with its calm and serene ambience. If one is a fan of bird watching, Morjim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa to spot several species like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Sandpipers can be seen in natural surroundings. Dolphin Sighting is another activity which you can indulge in at the Morjim Beach.

This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as ‘Little Russia’ due to the large population of Russians here.  A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here.


  • Water Sports: Dolphin Watching, Swimming. There is not much of adventure sports here due to habitation of water animals.

  • Nightlife: Club Fresh, Bora Bora, Marbela Beach Resort

  • Location: Morjim Beach, Pernem, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Morjim Beach and Panjim is 27 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There is a daily bus service available from Panaji to the Morjim Beach. You can also opt to drive by yourself via your own vehicle.

  • Other Stays: Check out some other resorts in north Goa.

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Anjuna Beach

Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. The hippies were the first people to come here in the 1950s and since then Anjuna Beach is a hotspot in Goa for local and international tourists. Anjuna Beach grows on you as you take a stroll along the glowing white sands and enjoy the sight of gently swaying palms in front of you. This beach is also famous for its Wednesday Flea Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, sarongs, traditional handicrafts etc.

  • Water Sports: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Bungee Jumping, Banana Ride, Dolphin sighting trip, Go karting, Water scooter, Water skiing etc.

  • Nightlife: Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar are popular spots for enjoying nightlife at Anjuna Beach.

  • Location : Anjuna Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is at a distance of 21.5 kilometers from Panaji.

How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available every hour if you wish to travel to Anjuna Beach from Panaji via Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis and auto rickshaws are also available from Mapusa.  The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.
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Arambol Beach

If you are wishing to spend some moments in solitude appreciating the exquisiteness of a pristine coastline, then Arambol Beach is the perfect place to be in Goa. It is relatively unexploited by tourists and perfect spot for going to enjoy a day in sun with your folks. Also known as Harmal Beach, the place is a heaven for those searching for some quietness and solitude. The shoreline has  a long sandy extend with soft white sands. The beach is considered most favorite for some long-staying budget travelers.

One of the popular activities here is dolphin sighting organized by local fishermen. Along the coast, tourists can find a few shops sell clothes, junk jewelry and handicrafts from Goa and other parts of the country.

  • Water Sports: Paragliding and Dolphin Watching

  • Nightlife: Cockstown, Friend’s Pub, Blue Diamond etc

  • Location : Arambol Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Arambol Beach and Panaji is 35 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available from between Panaji to Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes thereafter and between Mapusa and Arambol which takes three hours. The nearest bus stand is a 2km walk away from the beach.

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Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa which provide a wholesome escapade offering everything like sightseeing, water sports, shopping and tranquility. The beach is mostly famous among Westerners and a permanent residence for many of them. Vagator Beach is the place that enchants people of all ages. This charming beach is the perfect destination to appreciate the company of sand, sun & sea. The sunsets are particularly beautiful witnessed from the Vagator Beach. It is also quite famous and popular beach in north Goa.

Vagator resort offers a lot of shacks and restaurants where you can take a snack and try the wonderful appetizing dishes of local cuisine. The local art, music and nightlife defines the aura of this amazing beach. The coastline is stacked up with several stalls who sell books, apparels, handicrafts, trinkets, and other food items like soft drinks, snacks, sea food, etc.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Sighting

  • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

  • Location : Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji:  The distance between Vagator Beach and Panaji is about 20 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach.

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