Fun Facts :
Location : Mollem in Sanguem taluk of the South Goa district, 53 km from Panaji
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Prime Attraction : Gaur, Panther, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Devil's Canyon view point, Dudhsagar falls and Tambdi Surla Temple.
Most people confine themselves to the sea and beaches during their leisure vacations in Goa. But there is a better option to add excitement into your Goa Trip. Explore the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa to make your Goa vacation an unforgettable one.
Situated at the foothills of Sahyadri or Western Ghats, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife reserve of Goa. Previously known as Mollem game sanctuary, presently this wildlife park covers an area of 240 sq. km. Although the forest of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is quite thick, yet it has a core area which constitutes an area of 107 sq. km. You can get a real jungle feeling when you stay inside the core area of the forest.
Flora and Fauna in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary :
The park houses a myriad species of flora and fauna. Every year nature lovers, environmentalists and common people throng here and get closer to the wonders of nature.
Your collection of snap shots will become unique as you capture the plants of Moist Deciduous Forest, West Coast Tropical Evergreen Forests and West Coast Semi - Evergreen Forests. You will come across rare plant species such as Terminalia, Xylia, Lagerstroemia and Dalbergia. The forest is extremely dense as the forest canopy is almost closed.
Wild animals like Bengal tiger, leopard, barking deer, and wild boar are commonly seen in this forest. You will also get to see some of the threatened species like Malabar giant squirrel, mouse deer, and pangolin.
The treasure of birds in this sanctuary is huge. You will come across several species of birds that you mostly see in televisions. In this sanctuary you can see the Golden oriole, Indian black woodpecker, Greater Indian hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill. Bird species like grey-headed myna, three-toed kingfisher or dwarf kingfisher, ruby-throated yellow bulbul are sure to surprise you.
This sanctuary boasts to have plenty of butterfly species. These butterflies are rare and their unusual colors will leave you amazed. Butterflies like Blue Mormon, Plum Judy, Crimson Rose are a must watch for you. The Tailed Jay butterfly will leave every tourist dumbstruck with its green tint.
Reptiles are a common interest in this wildlife reserve. The prime attraction is the King Cobra which is rarely seen in other sanctuaries in India. You will come across varied vipers in this park.
Other Places of Interest :
The massive area of this wildlife sanctuary has more surprises to give you apart from plants and animals. There are other wonders inside this forest as well.