|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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.