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Birdwatching in Goa: A Paradise for Birders

Well, the monsoons have already begun showering its blessings in Goa and soon in a few months time, Goa will be back with its tourist season. You too are probably waiting for your Goa trip to come true this time. Hopefully, it will happen soon. But have you begun your research on the places to visit in Goa yet? If not, here’s a delightful suggestion we’ve brought to you – Birdwatching in Goa. And to have the best birdwatching experiences in Goa, we’ve sorted out the places you ought to visit! Here are five of the best places in Goa for birdwatching. 

5. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Image Courtesy: Ramesh Karmakar (Image of a Blue Tailed Bee Eater)

Location: Chorao Island, North Goa

Named after the famous Indian ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, this sanctuary is a must-visit for birdwatchers. Located along the Mandovi River, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary spans an area of about 1.8 square kilometers. The sanctuary is a haven for both resident and migratory birds.

Key Highlights:

  • Mangrove Habitats: The mangroves provide a unique ecosystem, attracting species like the Western Reef Heron, Little Bittern, and the Black-capped Kingfisher.
  • Water Birds: Keep an eye out for the Lesser Adjutant Stork and the Collared Kingfisher.

4. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Birdwatching in Goa

Location: Ponda, North Goa

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, though smaller in size, is rich in biodiversity. It offers a unique bird watching experience with species such as the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Indian Pitta, and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch. The sanctuary also has a botanical garden and a small zoo, adding to the attraction.

Key Highlights:

  • Forest Birds: Look for species like the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Indian Pitta, and the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.
  • Wetland Birds: The sanctuary’s water bodies attract birds such as the Red-wattled Lapwing and the White-breasted Waterhen.

3. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Sanguem, South Goa

Covering an area of 240 square kilometers, this sanctuary, along with Mollem National Park, is one of the largest protected areas in Goa. It boasts a wide variety of bird species due to its diverse habitats.

Key Highlights:

  • Endemic Species: Spot endemic birds like the Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Trogon, and the Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon.
  • Raptors: The sanctuary is also home to birds of prey like the Crested Serpent Eagle and the Black Eagle.

2. Carambolim Lake

Carambolim Lake - Birdwatching in Goa

Location: Carambolim, near Old Goa

Carambolim Lake is a significant bird watching spot, especially during the winter months when migratory birds flock here. The lake’s lush surroundings and water bodies attract species like the Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Heron, and Bronze-winged Jacana.

Key Highlights:

  • Waterfowl: Look for the Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot, and the Cotton Pygmy Goose.
  • Waders: The lake is also frequented by waders such as the Black-winged Stilt and the Wood Sandpiper.

1. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary - Birdwatching in Goa

Location: Canacona, South Goa

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, with its dense forests and tranquil streams, is another excellent spot for birdwatching in Goa. It is the second-largest sanctuary in the state and provides a habitat for a wide range of bird species.

Key Highlights:

  • Forest Birds: Species like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and the Great Hornbill can be found here.
  • Birding Trails: The sanctuary has several trails that offer good bird watching opportunities.

Tips for Birdwatching in Goa

  • Best Time to Visit: The ideal time for birdwatching in Goa is from November to February when migratory birds are present, and the weather is pleasant.
  • Essential Gear: Binoculars, a field guidebook, and a good camera are essential for a successful birdwatching trip.
  • Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide who can provide insights into the best spots and help identify bird species.

Besides that, a Goa Couple photoshoot at these birdwatching spots could be a delightful souvenir! Contact Lokaso Photoshoot to book your photoshoot now! 

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