Wild Life Sanctuary

Cottigao Wildlife Sanctuary
This is the largest of Goa’s wild life sanctuaries. It was established in 1969. It has an area of 1055 sq.kms and is located about 60 kilometer from Panaji in Canacona Taluka, about 3 kilometer off the Goa Mangalore highway, NH-17. It is covered with a dense forest and a varied wildlife includes deer, gazelles, monkeys and other fauna. It is best visited in October through March.

Bondla wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is situated about 50 kilometer from Panaji and 38 kilometer from Margao and 20kilometer east of Ponda. It is the smallest of the three wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, run by the Forest service. It covers an area of 8 square miles. The common animals that inhabit the sanctuary are the Gaur and the Sambhar deer. It has a small zoo, deer park and botanical gardens. It is closed on Thursday. This is a popular destination for picnics.

Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary
It is located along the north-east border of Goa at Molem, about 60km from Panaji along the national highway NH4. It covers an area of 240 square kilometer of thick forests along the Western Ghats and is the biggest of the three wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. It is rich in wildlife. Within the park is located some famous sites including the “Devil’s Canyon”, “Dudhsagar waterfalls”, and the ancient temple of “Tambdi Surla”. “Tambdi Surla” is Goa’s only remaining intact temple dating back to the Kadamba period.

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
This is Goa’s only bird sanctuary situated in the island of Chorao along the river Mandovi near Panaji. It is 1.8 sq. Km in area. A variety of local and migratory birds can be found on this island. The sanctuary is named after one of India’s most prominent ornithologists, Dr. Salim Ali.