Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa
Tucked away in the Western Ghats, Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary showcases Goa's commitment to preserving its natural heritage. Covering about 240 square kilometres, it is the largest sanctuary in Goa and about an hour's drive from our resort. This sanctuary boasts a rich diversity of wildlife, including leopards, elephants, gaur, sambar, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrels, pythons, cobras and over 200 species of birds. It is also a habitat for several rare and endangered species, including the elusive Nilgiri tahr, the mysterious Malabar civet and the charming golden langur. The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the winter months, from November to March, when the weather is mild and sunny, creating the perfect conditions for outdoor exploration.
Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, spanning over 86 square kilometres, is a natural haven nestled in the Canacona taluka of South Goa. It's conveniently located just a 2-hour drive away from our resort, making it a perfect day trip for nature enthusiasts. This sanctuary is a treasure trove of diverse wildlife, including the Malabar giant squirrel, slender loris, Indian pangolin, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, flying lizard, Malabar tree toad and many more fascinating creatures. It also serves as a refuge for several rare and endangered species like the Nilgiri tahr, Malabar civet and the golden langur.
This sanctuary offers a variety of hiking trails and viewpoints that provide breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and lush forests, and the best time to visit is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant and wildlife sightings are at their peak.
Palolem Island Reserve
A short boat ride from Palolem Beach will take you to Palolem Island Reserve. Despite its modest size, this protected area bursts with marine life, offering a snorkelling experience reminiscent of immersing oneself in a natural aquarium. The island, merely an hour's drive from our resort, serves as a nesting ground for Olive Ridley sea turtles, a remarkable sight during the nesting season. With its tranquil waters and lush island, it forms an underwater adventurer's paradise. Explore the mangroves embark or take a boat trip to the nearby islands to enhance your adventure. Plan your visit during the winter months for the best experience.
Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa
Nestled in the heart of South Goa, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls across 211 square kilometres and stands as a protected haven for a diverse array of wildlife. Located just 90 minutes away from our resort, it's a convenient destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Within its lush expanse, you'll encounter the majestic gaur or Indian bison, sambar deer, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, four-horned antelope, leopard, black panther, Indian pangolin, as well as the python, cobra and over 200 bird species.
This sanctuary offers numerous hiking trails and viewpoints that unveil breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains and forests. Additionally, within its boundaries lie serene waterfalls, including the Savri and Mainapi waterfalls. To make the most of your visit, plan it between November and March when the weather is most inviting for exploration.
Mollem National Park, South Goa
Mollem National Park, nestled within the Western Ghats, is a part of Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. It's a haven for diverse wildlife, including leopards, elephants and over 200 bird species. Just an hour's drive from our resort, it covers 107 square kilometres and features the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls. With hiking trails, viewpoints and a wealth of flora, it's a paradise for nature lovers. Make sure to visit Tambdi Surla Temple, located within the park's lush surroundings. This ancient temple is a significant pilgrimage site, adding a touch of spirituality to your wilderness adventure. The best time to visit is from November to March when the weather is delightful. Mollem National Park promises an unforgettable rendezvous with the beauty of the Western Ghats.