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Goa Wildlife Sanctuaries

 

Cobra, Wildlife in Goa

The wildlife destinations of Goa are rich and varied. A variety of animal and bird species breed and feed amidst the rugged Western Ghats, also called the Sahyadri. The Western Ghats cover an area of approximately 600 kilometers. Goa and Karnataka boast of the widest belt of forests along the Western Ghats.


The wildlife sanctuaries in Goa serve as an ideal habitat for deer, monkeys, gaurs, python, cobras and Malayan giant squirrels. Elephants and tigers can be seen commonly. Goa is a paradise, not only for nature lovers but for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers too. Explore the diverse wildlife existing in Goa by planning a Goa Wildlife Tour.


Goa is blest with above 1512 kinds of plants, over 48 species of animals, over 275 types of birds and above 60 genera of reptiles. Few people are aware of the fact that forests cover approximately one third of the Goan landscape. Goa offers its visitors access to the finest jungles and rarest species.


Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the eastern border of Goa. Earlier called the Mollem Game Sanctuary, it was later renamed as Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The largest of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, it covers an area of approximately 240 square kilometers. Thanks to its luxuriant vegetation that it was declared a sanctuary in the year 1969.


Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bondla wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 8 square kilometers. Because of the fact that it is very small in size, the Bondla wildlife sanctuary is better known as a wildlife resort. This sanctuary was initially set up a refuge for orphaned and injured animals. Visit the zoo if you wish to see the variety of animal species in the sanctuary.



Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali bird sanctuary in Goa is a paradise for bird lovers. It is home to a large variety of local, as well as migratory birds. Its name has been derived from the name of a famous Indian ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. This is the smallest amongst all the bird sanctuaries in Goa, covering an area of approximately 1.8 square kilometers.


 

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the Goa-Karnataka border. Being the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa, it is spread over an area of 86 square kilometers. The park was designated as a sanctuary in the year 1969.




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