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The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa (Credit.26689187@N00)
The beautiful foothills of the Western Ghats shelter the amazing and picturesque Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Spread over an area of 80 sq kms, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary lies 10 kms northeast of the Usgao Tisk village in north Goa and is 52 kms from Panaji. Being the smallest in size this wildlife sanctuary is also known as a wildlife resort of Goa. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, at first was set up as a refuge for orphaned and injured animals, but today, this sanctuary houses a deer safari park, a rose garden, a zoo and a botanical garden as well.

Things to Do and See at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Fauna: Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary provides chances to view some exclusive wildlife species like Sambar, wild boar bison, deer, gaur, porcupines, jackals, leopards, peacocks, sloth bear, python's toddy cat and Malabar giant squirrel. Popular bird species consists of ruby throated yellow bulbuls, common grey hornbills and golden backed woodpeckers.

Vegetation: The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has luxuriant vegetation with moist deciduous forests intermingled with patches of evergreens and canes along the nullahs. The common tree varieties of the sanctuary include Matti, rosewood, Lagerstroemia, Kindall, Jamba, Mimusops, and thorny bamboo plantations.

Attractions at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Sanctuary Zoo: The zoo of this sanctuary provides a glimpse of the animal species found in the sanctuary
  • Botanical Garden: The botanical garden houses a large variety of exotic plants.
  • Nature Education Center: The Nature Education Center offer a number of exhibits and the library of the center screens video and cine movies to tourists and young kids.
  • Elephant Safari: Elephant rides within the sanctuary are organized twice daily, where tourists on the elephant back can explore the sanctuary at its best.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

How to Reach

  • Nearest Airport Dabolim (80km)
  • Nearest Railhead Margao (38 km)

Tour buses from Margao and Panaji usually halt at Bondla and the sanctuary is connected to Ponda (20 km) as well as Mollem by road.