Fun Facts :
Location : Chorao Island, on River Mandovi
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Main Attractions : Migratory birds
Mostly known as a haven for bird-watchers, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve that attracts all sorts of visitors. The only thing you need to take utmost pleasure of in this park is a binocular.
This sanctuary is named after the renowned ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali and it encompasses an area of 1.8 sq kms. Although Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the smallest sanctuary of Goa, yet it can give you maximum adventure with its rich wealth of animals and birds.
This paradise of birds is a shelter for myriad birds such as peninsular bay owl, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar trogon, crested serpent eagle, rose billed roller, fairy blue bird, crimson throated barbet and great Indian hornbill.
There is an old adage, that says don’t go by name. Similarly, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary not only consists of birds, but it is a house for a wide range of wild animals and reptiles.
You can see some of the exquisite variety of monkeys, deer and squirrels. A wide genre of dangerous vipers is housed in this wildlife sanctuary. Rusell’s viper and Saw scaled viper are a rare variety of vipers that you will come across. The Indian python is one more ponderous and wondrous creature that you will definitely come across in this sanctuary.
Other Places of Interest :
A popular picnic spot named Edamalyar is located very close to this sanctuary. The famous dam Bhoothathankettu, is also located near to this sanctuary. This dam is a famous place and it is made on the river Periyar. The natural spectacles surrounding this dam are truly breath-taking.
Important Tips :
The best way to explore this wildlife reserve is traveling by foot since, vehicles are not allowed inside this park. To make your trip to this bird sanctuary interesting and entertaining it is recommended to hire a guide. This will help you to reach those places where rare species of birds and animals exist. Moreover, the guide will also assist you to identify the creatures and say interesting facts about them.