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Eco-System at Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (Credit.61587662)
The beautiful island of Chorao in the river Mandovi, near Panaji has Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, which boats some excellent collection of avifauna in Goa. Considered as a heaven for ornithologists and bird watchers, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is named after the famous ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali. Spread oven an area of just 1.8 sq kms, this bird sanctuary in Goa is one of the smallest in the state, but holds a decent quantity of quality migratory and local bird species amidst picturesque surroundings. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary has become a hit with both domestic and international tourists.

Things to Do and See at Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary


Avifauna and Animal Species: Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is rich in mangrove vegetation, with swamps serving as an attraction for a wide variety of migratory and local bird species from all over the world. The rich mangrove habitat harbours more than 400 bird species of birds including pintails, blue-winged teals, maddar ducks, purple herons, kingfishers, pintails, coots, egrets and adjutant storcks. Tourists at this sanctuary can also spot jackals, flying foxes, crocodiles etc.

Vegetation: Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Goa has some of the best and most productive type of ecosystems, which is filled with mangroves. The Goa mangroves, is a particular vegetation type which is very fertile and considered to be best to multiply various bird, fish and insect species.

Attractions at Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary


  • Nature Interpretation Centre: The Nature Interpretation Centre is a part of this sanctuary, located at the entrance of the sanctuary at Chorao. This Interpretation Centre provides information about the floral composition and some of the frequent bird visitors.
  • Watch Tower: This three-storeyed watch tower is located right inside the sanctuary providing some of the best view of the sanctuary and its dense vegetation.

Best Season to Visit: October to March

How to Reach: Dabolim which is 29 kilometers off Panaji, one can also reach by bus or cab from Panaji to reach upto Ribandar ferry wharf. From here take a ferry via river Mandovi to Chorao Island.