At a distance of 4.8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 31.4 kms from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Karmali Railway Station, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in North Goa. It is an ideal Goa sightseeing options for half day trip.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated at Chorao Island on the Mandovi River. This sanctuary is one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India. It has been named after the famous ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali. This Bird Sanctuary is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in Goa and is spread over an area of just 1.8 sqkms. The Sanctuary houses around 400 species of birds including both local and migratory. The Sanctuary is rich in flora growth and one can see a thick covering of mangrove vegetation here. The flora cover is very fertile over here the mangrove ecology is considered to be the best for birds, fish and insects.
The Sanctuary is blessed with many overflowing water streams and tributaries. The sanctuary houses a wide variety of resident birds including eagles, kites, kingfishers, egrets, parrots, cormorants and herons. It serves as a hub for migratory birds, Coots and Pintails during winter season.
Around 14 kinds of mangrove species are found in the sanctuary, which promote the breeding of insects, fishes, shrimps, tiny crabs and planktons. Indian rock Python, otter, crocodiles, flying fox and jackals also find abode in the sanctuary. The water channel present within the sanctuary offers the opportunity of boating to the visitors. The Sanctuary is approachable by walk after crossing over the river by ferry from Ribandar to Chorao.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM on all days. Entry fee: Rs 10/person.