Goa the beach capital of India is soon emerging as a premier
Eco-tourism destination. And why not the place is not only about sands and sea, Goa also houses a variety of wildlife. It is believed that the tiny state of Goa
harbors some 48 types of mammals, 276 types of birds and 60 types of reptiles.
To boost the Eco-tourism in Goa the government has set up 3 wild life sanctuaries and one bird sanctuary in the state. These wildlife reserves give the tourists a chance to explore nature and come close to her. Let us briefly go through some of the important Eco-tourism sites of Goa.
Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary :
This park is located some 60km from Panajim, the capital of Goa. It is the biggest sanctuary of Goa, spread in an area of 240 sq. km. Along with fabulous flora and fauna there are many important geological and historical features nearby like the scenic Dudhsagar falls and the Devil Canyon.
- Bondla Forest :
Placed 50 km from Panaji and 38 km from Margao, Bondla Forest is a must see. The mini zoo, botanical and rose garden in the forest are its major tourist attractions.
- Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary :
This natural wonder is placed some 50 km from Margao and 85 km from Panajim. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary of the state is spread in an area of 106 sq. km. This sanctuary is full of dense forests and varied wildlife, avian fauna and reptiles.
- Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary :
Located at the western tip of the island of Chorao, this beautiful bird sanctuary is set along river Mandovi near Panaji. The ferry boat ride from Raibandar to Chorao to reach the park is an added attraction, thus enhancing the level of joy. This sanctuary is the home to many local as well as migratory birds.
The list of Eco-tourism sites in Goa doesn't end here. The government has declared two additional wild life sanctuaries here. These are the Netrarali Wildlife Sanctuary at Sanguem and Model Wildlife Sanctuary at Valpoi.
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