Top 10 Nature & Wildlife Areas in Goa, India

June 18, 2021 Oliva Fomby

The sandy coast of Goa is perfect for reclining by the sea. Nestle into a cushioned chair at a beach shack and savor a curry while you sip a Kingfisher beer, watching the sun slip lazily below the horizon. In Old Goa, the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of baroque architecture. Visit during Christmastime to experience a fantastic religious and cultural mash-up of East and West.
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1. Goa Animal Welfare Trust

Old Police Station Bansai, 403706 India +91 832 265 3677 [email protected] http://www.gawt.org/
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5.0 based on 4 reviews

Goa Animal Welfare Trust

Goa Animal Welfare Trust(GAWT) is a non profit organisation with committed volunteers who are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & re-homing of South Goa’s stray & abandoned animals. At our Animal Care Centre we operate an Animal Birth Control programme where stray animals are sterilized, preventing hundreds of puppies & kittens being born into a life of hardship & hunger. Our Centre is open six days a week, visitors can have a tour of the Centre and have the opportunity to help out with walking our doggies and helping to socialise dogs & puppies & cats & kittens who may not otherwise receive much human contact without these visits from guests!

2. Animal Shelter Agonda

House no 382/B, Vagona Cola (4 Km. from Agonda Beach), Agonda 403702 India +91 72619 84543 [email protected] http://animalshelteragonda.com
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5.0 based on 59 reviews

Animal Shelter Agonda

The animal shelter is a registered charitable trust owned by Dian singh Rarewala who is the chairman trustee. His wife susan (founder) partnered with vet nurse Brendy Ranalletta who is the shelter manager. Our work includes: - Treating sick and injured animals, providing them with the best medical and follow up care. - Offering free veterinary services to those who can’t afford them. - Animal birth control (ABC program), facilitated by sterilizing and neutering dogs and cats. -Vaccinations against rabies are crucial as it secures public health

Reviewed By freathyw - Cornwall, United Kingdom

Such a lovely find when looking for activities to do while travelling in Agonda, we were instantly welcomed by the lovely Brendy who showed us around and told us all about her amazing shelter she had created! Also got to cuddle lots of adorable animals, lots of dogs and cats as well as the cutest puppies and kittens! She was such a kind lady and would highly recommend stopping by and showing your support to such an amazing organisation!

3. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Near Sanguem Taluka, Netravali India
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By shoyjoseph

netravali waterfall is famous for minapi and savari waterfalls. (commonly known as netravali waterfall). For savari waterfall read my review for that under netravali waterfall. on google map dont search for netravali waterfall or savari waterfall or minapi waterfall. seatch for netravali national park and it will take you to netravali national park main gate. at the gate you have to make an entry and pay some fees approx 30 per person. once you enter gate after 1 km you will see a sign board to minapi waterfall. from this point waterfall is 5kms. not many people go here as mostly you will have to trek to this place. if roads are dry you can take your vehicle but kaccha raods are very very bad. i was able to take my bike till 3 kms but will never do that again. there are few streams you have to cross and if water level is high dont cross your vehicle. after a straight walk of approx 4 kms you will see a sign board again for waterfall. from here you have to go downhill, so on return you have to climb. you cant go till waterfall as it can be risky but you reach a good view point nearyby. its a very big and very beautiful waterfall.

4. Kuskem Waterfall

Kuskem Village, Canacona India
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Kuskem Waterfall

5. Palolem Island Reserve

Off Palolem Beach, Palolem, Canacona 403702 India
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Palolem Island Reserve

This unique biodiversity hot-spot off the South Goa coast is a collaborative effort comprised of local fishermen & conservationists. Their aim: to preserve the ancient geological formations and protect the local flora and fauna. Numerous projects are underway to reduce the human footprint left behind from previous owners and educate visitors about the abundant land and sea species.

Reviewed By 895margretheb

A beautiful experience - for only 800 rupees for 2. Go with one of the local boat owners, who grew up in this area. You feel their love for the place.

6. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

India
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4.0 based on 58 reviews

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By mazinazi786 - Nashik, India

This sanctuary and national park contain several geological, cultural and visitor service attractions that make this largest protected area in Goa a popular visitor destination.

7. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Chorao Island, Panjim India +91 832 223 9141
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4.0 based on 151 reviews

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

A 15-minute ferry crossing takes you to one of India’s best known bird sanctuaries for a guided canoe trip around the bird-thronging marshes.

Reviewed By maitiswapan - Mumbai, India

As pre-arranged, started at 5:30 AM by car from Paradise Village Resort, Calangute and reached the Gate of the Bird Sanctuary at Ribandar Ferry Wharf. From there took the 6.30 ferry in which vehicles (two & four wheelers) also move. The boat ride was an option to just walking through the sanctuary and I preferred it to get view from river. I saw the sunrise from the boat at the starting point. After 15 minutes ferry rides on the river, reached Chorao Island. From the wharf, another 15 minutes drive by the same car through village road and reached Chorao village where Shri Uday Mandreker, my guide (Contact 98225 83127 / 96076 10229) was waiting for me. A very acclaimed guide - Uday Mandreker also known as ‘The Birdman of Chorão’. With in-depth knowledge on flora fauna of this place, he has been guiding people to experience the wide range of flora and fauna of Charao Island since past 27 years. Early morning is the best and at 7 AM Uday took me in his canoe, which was spacious, neat and clean, fitted with outboard motors and we started. The area of the sanctuary is 1.78 sq.km. and has a number of canals interspersed within. Mangrove swamps are on the western tip of the Chorao island besides river Mandovi. The mangroves are abundant with chirping birds, making the overall ambiance really memorable. The canoe ride along and within the sanctuary through picturesque Mangrove swamps was cool and breezy and very pleasant. Uday was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, pointing out birds I would otherwise have missed. He would narrate the name and brief particulars of the birds. Uday stopped whenever I mentioned to take close look inside the mangroves and over the treetops. Under his apt guidance, during 90 minutes of his canoe ride, I spotted several species of birds (considering May month being summer season and birds generally prefer to remain inside the jungle because of heat) viz., Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Brahminy Kite, Indian Darter, Common Kingfisher, White Breasted Kingfisher, Green Heron, Stork, egrets, Sandpiper, red shanks, little bittern, red knot, cormorant, mudskipper etc. I also saw a huge crocodile at a very close distance on the bank of Mandovi. Overall it was an excellent experience.

8. Rivona Springs

Rivona 403705 India
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4.0 based on 2 reviews

Rivona Springs

9. Mystic Woods by The Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

Pisgal, Priol, Ponda 403404 India +91 99755 92347 [email protected] http://www.facebook.com/ButterflyConservatoryOfGoa/
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4.0 based on 63 reviews

Mystic Woods by The Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

A conservation project by an ordinary couple attracts a lot of visitors inspired by their efforts to transform a barren hillslope into a forest. The Butterfly is used only as a catalyst . Breeding butterflies need endemic plants , clean air and humus rich soil . Caterpillars attract lot of insect predators hence the cycle is complete. Visitors get to see the free flying butterflies only between September to December , but are more attracted to this place to interact with the promoters Jyoti and Yashodan and their unique one its only kind in India sloping rooftop garden house with rainwater tanks and the many tiny surprises that the conservatory has to offer.

10. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Off National Highway 4A India http://www.goatourism.gov.in/destinations/sanctuaries/160-bondla-wildlife-sanctuary
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4.0 based on 88 reviews

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By Footprints727663

I went to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is a picturesque location with a beautiful landscape and  lush greenery all around. This place provides a very soothing natural environment to its inhabitants. The sanctuary provides habitat to a large number of wild animals and a variety of bird species. It is great place to go.

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