Goa is gifted with incredible natural beauty ranging from the beaches and gently rolling hills to the flora and fauna. Goa has four wildlife sanctuaries in the wooded areas of in-land Goa. The Bhagwan Mahaveer, Bondla, Cotigao, and Dr.Salim Ali Wildlife Sanctuaries are open to visitors interested in a glimpse of Goa's natural environment.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated along the Northeast border of Goa at Molem, is the biggest of the three sanctuaries of Goa. 60 km from Panaji along Panaji-Belgaum National Highway, the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers 240 sq. km of tropical forestland dotted with occasional grassy Savannah's and tribal villages.
The sanctuary is rich in wildlife and is a paradise for bird watchers. Animals are allowed to roam free in the reserve but can be difficult to spot. The Mahadeva temple at Tambdi Surla is one of Goa's most sacred stone temples dating back to the Kadamba Dynasty. Devil's Canyon, which requires permission to visit, is a lovely gorge near the town of Molem. Some members of the Dhangar community of nomadic buffalo herders also inhabit this reserve, and can be seen tending to their buffaloes in the grassy plains and winding rivers. The highlight of a trip to this sanctuary, however, is a visit to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, in the southeast region of the park.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Near the sanctuary, is the island village of Chorao,which dates back to the early Portuguese days. A visit to the pristine Chorao island is well worth it, and can be best enjoyed by renting a motorbike or hiring some form of transportation as public transportation is less frequent on the island.
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