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Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is a 208.5-km2 (80.5-mi2) protected area in the Indian state of Goa in the Western Ghats ofSouth India. It is located in the North Goa District, Sattari taluka near the town of Valpoi.[1] The sanctuary is an area of highbiodiversity, and is being considered to become a Project Tiger tiger reserve because of the presence of resident Bengal tigers.

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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Its mini zoological Park, Deer Safari Park, Botanical gardens, Nature Education Centre, wildlife and nature trails, and archaeological exhibit attract people through the year. Comfortable cottages are available here for tourists.

Some of the common animals that inhabit the sanctuary are the Gaur and the Sambhar deer.

There are tour buses that make a stop over at Bondla from Margao and Panaji.

The Sanctuary is just 8 sq. km. in size, located among hills at the junction of three Talukas viz. Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari. Bondla is a Paradise for Eco-Tourists and Bird Watchers.

The area is covered with moist deciduous forests, with small patches of evergreens and canes along the nullahs. The State tree Terninalia crenulata (Matti) and Rosewood are common here. Others are Lagerstroemia (Naked Maiden of the Forest / Nano), Kindall, Jamba, Mimusops, Saraca indica etc. The thorny bamboo Bambusa arundinacea and Giant Lianas (Entada) abound.

Zoological Park- A tiny Zoo permits one to see the fauna of Goa in enclosures with natural surroundings. Animal exhibits include, Panther, Lion, Gaur, Sambar, Deers (Spotted, Hog & Barking ), Sloth Bear, Crocodiles, Reptiles etc.

Deer Safari Park- Visitors can move among deers in vehicles inside the sprawling Deer Safari Park housing Sambar and Spotted Deers.

Formal Gardens- Spacious lawns, exotic trees, varieties of roses, and colourful flowering plants in the middle of the forest do please the eye.

Botanic Gardens- The large collection of plants is of interest to students.

Nature Education Centre- The NEC houses several exhibits, which visitors can see, feel and interpret. An attached library provides details to the inquisitive, and video and cine movies are screened on request.

Birds- Bondla is home to over a hundred bird species. For details on bird-watching areas contact the Park Range Office.

Wild Animals- For those seeking greater adventure and excitement, there are watch-towers where wild animals like Gaur, Sambar, Wild Boar can be seen at water-holes.

Nature Trails- For the more energetic the Nature Trails provide information simultaneously affording opportunities to see nature as it is.

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Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary

Situated along the North East border of Goa at Molem, about one-and-a-half hours’ journey from Panaji (60 kms), the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers 240 sq.kms of thick forest clad slopes on the Western Ghats and its valleys and is the biggest of the three sanctuaries of Goa.

Rich in wildlife, it is a paradise for bird watchers.

Some interesting animal sightings of those sheltered in the sanctuary, include the Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Slender Loris, Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons and Cobras.

Besides flora and fauna, there are many important geological and historical features in this sanctuary. Dushsagar falls, about an hour’s journey from Colem by train, is a feast for the eyes. The ‘Devil Canyon’ is another beautiful geological spot. The famous Lord Mahadeva Temple situated at Tambdi Surla is about 13 kms from Molem.

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat which is declared as a bird sanctuary and located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi, Goa, in India. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indianornithologist.

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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1969 to protect a remote and vulnerable area of forest lining the Goa- Karnataka border. Encompassing 86-sq-kms of mixed deciduous woodland, the reserve is certain to inspire tree lovers. Visitors stand a good chance of spotting monkeys and a couple of wild boars and the Gaur. The sanctuary is best visited between the months of October and March. Cotigao is a peaceful and scenic park that makes a pleasant day trip from Palolem beach, 12-km northwest.

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