Wildlife in Goa
Though known as the beach capital of India, Goa has its own vibrant wildlife. The rugged Western Ghats make it an ideal haven for various species of birds and animals. Known as the Sahyadris, the Western Ghats stretch for a total of 600 kilometers in Goa.
Goa receives fairly huge amount of rainfall which helps in the growth of vegetation. Forest area in Goa covers an area of 1424 square kilometers most of which is owned by the state government. Most of the forest is located in the interior eastern regions of the state. This part of Goa has been internationally recognized as the biodiversity hotspots in the world.
For detailed information on the wildlife of Goa read the following section:
Home to myriad species of birds and animals, Goa has its own species of animal and bird. 'Gaur' (belonging to the bison family) happens to be the state animal and the ruby throated 'Yellow Bulbul' is the state bird. Jackals, foxes, wild boars and migratory birds can also be easily spotted in the jungles of Goa. Other animals include Malayan giant squirrels, elephants, sloth bear, flying lizards and others. If lucky enough, one can bump into a tiger. Among the birds one can spot parrots, mynahs and kingfishers. Some migratory birds such as cranes and pelicans are also seen flocking in the areas near River Mandovi.
Since it's a coastal area, the discussion on Goa wildlife cannot be complete without fishes and sea animals like crabs, lobsters, and oysters. Snakes are found in abundance in Goa which helps in keeping the rodents under control.
So, it can be said that apart from the 'wild' parties, Goa has a promising wildlife which is worth checking out. Whenever you feel like experiencing nature from close quarters, go for a jungle safari at any of the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa.
Some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of Goa are listed below:
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Sheltered at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest wildlife reserve in Goa. Goa's state animal gaur, the sambar and the wild boar is a regular sight. The sanctuary also houses a botanical garden.
Bhagwan Wildlife Sanctuary: Covering an area of 240 square kilometers, Bhagwan Wildlife Sanctuary happens to be the largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa. Known to breed different kinds of deer, this sanctuary has become a tourist hotspot.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: Covered with mangrove forests, this is an ideal haven for migratory as well as local birds. The best time to have an encounter with different species of birds is between October to March. Egrets, Pintails, Kingfishers are some of the birds commonly spotted in this wildlife sanctuary.
Goa has a promising wildlife. If you are planning a trip to Goa, make it a point to visit the wildlife sanctuaries.
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