Tucked away in the foothills of Western Ghats in Usgao Tisk village of north Goa at a distance of 55 km from Panaji and 38 km from Madgao, Bondla Widlife Sanctuary is the smallest sanctuary in Goa with an area spanning just 8 sq km. Besides its vast wildlife wealth, Bondla also houses a Botanical Garden as well as a fenced deer park and zoo.
Bondla was originally established as a zoological park a few years ago to provide shelter to orphaned animals but soon developed into a wildlife sanctuary with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park is a popular picnic spot for tourists with elephant ride being one of the major attractions.
Wildlife attractions at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla is a paradise for wildlife lovers with its wide variety of flora and fauna. The southern part of the park houses Monkeys, Deer, Jackals, Leopards, Wild Boars, Gaur, Langurs and Pythons. The region is criss crossed by the Rangado and Madhel rivers, making it a safe haven for aquatic wildlife.
Besides, the sanctuary also houses a wide variety of colorful birds that paint the sky in a colorful hue every evening. It is easy to spot the Ruby Throated Yellow Bulbul while other birds such as the Common Grey Hornbill and Golden Backed Woodpecker can also be seen.
How to reach Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla is located at the confluence of Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari taluks. The region is connected with other cities in Goa through a network of well built roads. State transport buses offer regular to and fro services between Bondla and neighbouring cities including Panaji and Madgao. It is however recommended to hire a taxi to avoid inconvenience.
Best time to visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Although the sanctuary can be visited anytime of the year, the best time for wildlife spotting are the months from October to March when the climate is ideal.