You think of Goa and the first image that appears in your mind is a beach. But Goa is a versatile place that includes exotic beaches, stunning churches, impressive temples, fascinating wildlife and the list goes on. Wildlife in Goa is rich and comprises surprisingly a huge variety.
The wildlife in Goa is primarily based on the lines of Western Ghats. There are varied species of birds, animals and aquatic animals when you visit Sahyadri or the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats covers an area of about 600 kilometers giving you a huge area for adventure.
According to the statistics on wildlife of Goa, the state is blessed with more than 1512 kinds of plants, 60 genres of reptiles, over 275 variety of birds and 48 species of animals. Explore the diverse wild creatures in Goa by planning for a wildlife tour to this state.
There are many wildlife tour packages available that will give you access to the finest jungles of Goa. There are ample of wildlife sanctuaries and conservation parks situated all over Goa. Some of them are listed below.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary :
This sanctuary is situated in the eastern borders of Goa. It is nestled at the foot of the Western Ghats and is the largest sanctuary of Goa. The total area covered by this sanctuary is approximately 240 sq km. This sanctuary has been designated as a wildlife reserve since 1969 and the core area of the forest covers around 107 sq km area.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary :
This sanctuary covers an area of about 8 sq km and is the smallest wildlife reserves in Goa. Don’t go by its size as this sanctuary is made into a wildlife resort. This wildlife resort houses a breathtaking botanical garden, a beautiful rose garden, a deer safari park, and a zoo. The zoo was initially made to provide shelter to injured and orphaned animals.
Cotigao Wlidlife Sanctuary :
This animal reserve is located in the border of Goa and Karnataka. The area of this sanctuary is about 86 sq km. River Talpona flows through this wildlife reserve, which is the perennial water resource of this forest. The thick vegetation of this forest draws a number of nature lovers to this park every year.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary :
This bird sanctuary,is named after famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali,it sprawls over an area of around 1.8 sq kms. The sanctuary currently teams with varied winged visitors who come to this park in search of ideal habitat. Bird lovers thrive every year at this park since this park is filled with exotic birds.
The Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary :
This sanctuary is a home to over 20 different species of mangroves. The varied species of mangroves also include the rare Kandelia Candel species. The park is dotted with swaps where a wide range of aquatic animals and reptiles resides.
If you are in a real mood to get inside the deep woods and feel the thrill of staying amidst wildlife, then Goa is the best and ideal option for you.