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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the best tourist attractions in Goa, has been named after great ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. It is the smallest sanctuary among all the wildlife sanctuaries of this state covering an area of 1.8 sq. km. This sanctuary has a well - balanced eco - system to facilitate the breeding and multiplication of birds that has resulted into an
availability of large number of bird species in the park.

Location: The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located on the western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi in the Indian state of Goa. The entire landscape of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is covered with a thick layer of mangrove forests that includes various species of birds and animals.

Flora & Fauna: This Bird Sanctuary is home to diverse of flora and fauna. Flora – Flora at this sanctuary widely include mangrove shrubbery that is chiefly spread on the banks of the Cumbarjua canal as well as the Mandovi and Mapusa rivers. Fauna - this bird watcher’s paradise is home to exotic varieties of local as well as migratory bird species. The ideal time to spot various migratory birds in the park is between October to March. Besides, there are some striking animal species too found in the park including - flying foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

How to reach: you can easily reach Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary by air as well as boat. Air- the closest airport to the sanctuary is Dabolim that is 29 km from Panaji. Boat: there are many buses and cabs running from Panaji to the Ribandar ferry wharf from where, you can travel by ferry across the Mandovi River to the island of Chorao.

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is during October to March Accommodations: you should stay in Panaji, if you are planning to visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, as this capital city of Goa houses many cheap to luxury lodging options. Some of the best hotels for comfortable stay here include - Hotel Casa Pinho, Hotel Check Inn, Hotel La Grande, Hotel Manvins, Hotel Ashoka Plaza and Hotel Delmon.
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