Sight Seeing & Recreation








Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao Island 

4 kms. from Panaji. Situated at the western tip of the island of Chorao, along River Mandovi, it is spread over 1.78 sq.kms. Fully covered with mangroves, it hosts a variety of local as well as migratory birds. The Sanctuary is approachable by walk, after crossing the Ribandar ferry to Chorao. Permission of the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Dept., Junta House, Panaji. Visits by Canoes, operated by local villagers may be planned.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary 

60 kms. from Panaji. Situated along the north-east border of Goa at Molem, along the Panaji-Belgaum highway, this Sanctuary covers 240 sq.kms. of thick forest clad slopes of the Western Ghats and its valleys, and is the biggest of the three Sanctuary's in Goa. It is also a bird watchers paradise. Dudhsagar waterfall is about an hours drive from here. The "Devil's Canyon" is also another beautiful attraction. the oldest temple in Goa, the famous Mahadeva temple at Tambdi Surla, is about 13 kms. from Molem. Dormitories and cottages are managed by the Dept. of Tourism.

Cotigao Wild Life Sanctuary

60 kms. from Panaji. It is the second largest of the three Sanctuary's in Goa and has an area of 105 sq.kms., in Canacona taluka, neighbouring Karnataka State, nearly 3 kms. off Panaji-Mangalore National Highway. The ancient Jeevottam Partagali Math, noted for Vedic Studies, lies in the vicinity of this Sanctuary. 

Bondla Forest 

50 kms. from Panaji. Situated at the eastern region of Goa. And more than a Sanctuary it is an ideal jungle resort or a beautiful picnic spot. It houses mini-zoos, a deer park in natural habitat, botanical and rose garden. Cottages are available. This park remains closed on thursdays. 

Dudhsagar Waterfalls*

60 Kms. (10 Kms. from Colem Railway Station) is accessible by train only. Water plummets hundreds of feet in large volume, in cascades, forming one of the most spectacular of all natural phenomena in Goa and a life line of our ecosystem in one of our Sanctuaries. A popular destination to hikers and trekkers. Goa Tourism Development Corp. Ltd. organises tours by train to Dudhsagar. 
Its name "Dudhsagar", in Konkani, literally means "sea of milk" and derives its name from the foamy waters of the fall the best time to visit the falls is after the monsoons. The rocks are quite slippery and there have been many casualties in the past. Monkeys are a frequent sight. Butterflies and birds add colour to the natural beauty of the surroundings near the waterfall. "Devil's Canyon" or "Devcharacho kond" is another panoramic geological spot, about 6 kms. from Molem, on the way to the waterfall. 

Arvalem Waterfall 

42 kms. Situated in Sanquelim, it falls from an height of about 50 metres in a straight drop. Its glory is seen during monsoon when its fall turns to giant rush of water, cascading down from the mountains behind it. A mini power plant was installed, but has since stop functioning. Near the waterfall, is the temple of Sri Rudreshwar and this site is important for the religious function to appease the souls of the departed Hindu religion followers on the 12th day of the death. The Government has developed a garden over looking the waterfall. Close by are the 5th century rock cut caves. 


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Last Updated on June 13, 2000.