Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
This beautiful bird sanctuary in Goa is appropriately named after the region’s most famous and influential ornithologist. It is fitting then, that your Goa wildlife tour will include access to so many different varieties of local bird, coastal bird and migratory foreign birds looking to take advantage of the extensive food and shelter that is offered on this beautiful and naturally important island. It’s quite surprising that the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the only Goa wildlife reserve that is dedicated to the birds of the region ,because the island of Chorao is full of mangrove swamps, the region produces exceptional cover and vegetation for many different breeds of local coastal bird as well as the perfect resting ground for migrating birds from all around the world.
The reason the mangrove swamps are so popular with birds is that they are home to numerous small insects and fish that begin the food chain.
The Goa wildlife reserve is a little less than 2 square kilometers in area and as well as the birds it is also possible to see jackals, flying squirrels and crocodiles.
In order to get to the island you will need to take a ferry but the sanctuary is within walking distance of the ferry dock. It is possible to travel around the sanctuary by boat but because the area is intertwined with many waterways, travel in this way is restricted to high tidal times.
If you are going on a Goa wildlife tour to see the incredible array of birds in the region then the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary should be on the top of your list of places to visit. It is proposed that a guided Goa wildlife tour through the sanctuary will soon start, although as yet, this hasn’t come to light so you will be left to your own devices.