As a popular tourist state, Goa has earned a name for itself over the years, as one of the most visited states in India. Goan beaches, with their sparkling water and white sand, lined with palm trees give an unmatched experience to the visitors. Untainted by pollution and offering unlimited fun, the laid-back state of Goa is a tourist's paradise, no doubt!
Along with the beaches, lovely little shacks, music festivals, flea markets, inexpensive alcohol and goan delicacies, Goa is also abundant in a variety of flora and fauna that might be of interest to many of the travellers. With rivers, forests, falls and marshes, Goa even has a lot of eco-tourism potential.
In addition, there are also a number of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa that house a wide range of birds in animals, including some endangered species as well. Read on to find out more about some of the best Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 57 km from the city of Panaji in Goa, the Bhagawan Mahaveer Sanctuary lies along the Western Ghats and is also the largest sanctuary in Goa. Animals such as leopard, common langur, mouse deer, porcupine, black panther, wild boar, malabar frog and so on can be seen here.
Also, some of the birds that can be spotted here are drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, golden oriole, great hornbill, Indian black woodpecker and more. The Dudhsagar Falls, Tambdi Surla Temple and Devil's Canyon are some of the important attraction found here.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Northeastern Goa and a great place to be visited, thanks to its abundant wildlife. Sambar Deer, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Indian Peafowl, a variety of snakes etc are seen here.
Injured leopards, along with bears and snakes used for commercial purposes are rescued and provided a shelter at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Canacona district of South Goa, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary houses species of birds and animals such as flying squirrel, slender loris, Indian pangolin, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, Malabar pit viper, hump-nosed pit viper, white-bellied woodpecker and more.
In addition, the sanctuary also includes a nature interpretation center, rescue center, a library, restrooms, children's play area etc to make it a worthwhile experience to the visitors.
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
This protected area is located in Northern Goa, along the Western Ghats. The Mhadei Sanctuary is known to have a rich biodiversity and also the presence of the rare Bengal Tigers.
The sanctuary also includes other wildlife species such as Asian palm civet, black panther, black-faced langur, crimson-backed sunbird, malabar grey hornbill, collared cat snake, red sand boa snake and many more.
Make sure you pay a visit to these wildlife sanctuaries the next time you are at Goa.