Goa is blessed with a rich variety of wildlife destinations. The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris, which are spread over an area of 600 km, offer an ideal breeding ground for the wild denizens.
Almost one-third of the total area of Goa is covered with thick forested area that provides shelter to over 48 species of animals, 60 species of reptiles, 270 species of birds and 1500 species of plants.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary :
A safe haven for hundreds of species of birds, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located at the meeting point of rivers Mapusa and Mandovi. The tiny bird sanctuary, which is spread over an area of just 2 sq km, also supports a rich growth of mangrove trees as well as animals such as foxes and jackals.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary :
One of the most visited wildlife habitats in Goa, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal breeding ground for hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The sanctuary also houses a deer park and a mini zoo inside.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary :
Cotigao, at a distance of 60 km from Panaji is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Goa. With over 100 sq. km. of thickly forested area, the sanctuary offers the perfect dwelling place for a variety of plants, animals and birds. Though you may not be able to spot a lot of animals here, the place is a welcome change from the city life.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary :
Sprawled over an area of over 240 sq. km, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife habitat in Goa. You can expect to catch a glimpse of some of the most exotic animal species here such as the bison, elephant, wild boar and sambar.