Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
It’s a superb hangout for the bird, nature lovers and Salim Ali fans. Load your cameras, click the best shots while exploring marshlands.
The bird sanctuary named after Salim Ali the renowned Indian ornithologist, was actually a waterway mangrove terrain. It is located on the western tip of the Island of Chorao along the River Mandovi, Goa. It is accessible via ferry servicing between Ribander and Chorao. The tiled stride darts between mangroves of Rhizophora Mucronata, Avicennia Officinalis and other species
The 178 hectare locale of the sanctuary is sheathed by low mangrove forest. The mangrove plants provide excellent protection for various species of animals , insects and birds. The species on record are Striated Heron, Western Reef Heron, Little Bittern, Black Bittern, Red Knot, Jack Snipe and Pied Avocet. It is also home to Mudskippers, Fiddler Crabs and several other mangrove inhabitants. One can reach the park entrance by ferry service after that you can choose canoe for bird watching and animal spotting. Explore the marshland embedded with freshness of nature; yes the land of lush in slush. The wild beauty can be experienced through a canoe ride through the water system of Salim Ali bird sanctuary.
This Sanctuary is criss-crossed with a network of water channels. So movement is limited to the duration of high tide if one wants to go by boats. However for canoes, the creeks are accessible even during low tides. The best time to visit this natural gem is in the early morning, where its easy to spot animals and birds. A watch-tower has been built in the sanctuary for better viewing and the Department of Wild life is conducting group tours up to 10 person per boat . Apart from the several resident birds, the Sanctuary also has some winter travelers like coots and pintails.
Opened hours : 6 am to 6 pm
Entry fee : RS 20/ Per person
Camera/ Mobiles: Allowed inside the park