Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
- For the other Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, see Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
|Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary|
|Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary|
|Location||Chorao, Goa, India|
|Area||178 ha (440 acres)|
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi, Goa, in India. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. Away from the beaches of Goa this is truly a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers where you can see a variety of species of birds and plants.
How to Reach
From Panaji, one can take a cab, auto or bus till the Ribandar ferry dock and take a ferry across the Mandovi River to the island. The Sanctuary is located very close to the ferry dock and identified with a signboard.
The entry ticket for the sanctuary is Rs 50 per Adult and for camera another Rs 50 is charged. The charges apply only for a km of walkway into the mangrove forest and ends up in a dock where you can watch some birds crossing. There is a boat facility to take around the sanctuary and it is charged Rs 900 for 12 persons or Rs 75 per head. If you want to take the boat for yourself you have to pay the total of Rs 900 for a round trip for one hour. The best time to visit the place is early morning and late evening when you can see lot of birds.
The size of the sanctuary is 178 ha (440 acres). The area is covered with a thick layer of mangrove forest. The place is not well maintained but it is habitat with rich species of birds.
Flora and fauna