Exploring the Wildlife of South Goa

When it comes to Goa, pristine beaches usually steal the limelight. However, venture further south, and you'll discover a different facet of this coastal paradise, its rich wildlife. South Goa is home to several wildlife sanctuaries and nature parks that make this region a haven for nature enthusiasts. In this blog, we'll take you on a journey through these sanctuaries, where lush forests, exotic creatures and serene landscapes await your discovery.

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.

a python at mahavir sanctuary
an antelope in a field

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.

a turtle swimming
a bird on a branch

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.

a deer grazing

While exploring the wildlife sanctuaries and nature parks of South Goa, make your stay truly memorable by choosing Kenilworth Resort & Spa as your accommodation. Nestled in the heart of this coastal paradise, our property offers not only a comfortable and relaxing stay but also easy access to these natural wonders. With our well-appointed rooms, modern amenities and warm hospitality, you'll find the perfect retreat after a day of wildlife adventure.