Dr Salim Ali Bird SanctuaryCurrently Closed
- Address: Near Ribandar Ferry, Chorao, Goa 403102, India, Panaji
- Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-8322229701
- Ticket Price: 10 INR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids
A mere 15 minutes over water by the Ribandar ferry crossing takes you to Chorao Island, possibly the country's greatest bird sanctuary. Kingfishers, eagles, cormorants, kites, and woodpeckers are not the only creatures you'll see here, but also otters and foxes and crocs. The island itself is a mangrove swamp, a thriving ecosystem. Crisscrossing these are small water-channels, which, if bird watching isn't your thing, you can journey through in a boat. Altogether the island is a tiny place, only 1.8 kilometres in area. Visit either early in the morning or 2 hours before sunset.
- The ferry ride over, by the Goa Forestry Department, costs Rs. 900 in total, or Rs. 75 per person.
- Foreigners : Rs 100
- Drive to here, take a bus, or take a taxi.
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10.02% of people who visit Panaji include Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in their plan
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38.71% of people start their Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Calm and serene place. Best place for nature lovers. Though we just spotted 4 birds in the 1km walk, the place itself is beautiful with lots of mangroves and trees. You'll also see 100s of small crabs on the way. You'll have to take a ferry to reach this place. Best time to visit is early morning. Sanctuary opens at 6am.
A thick mangrove jungle with many interesting fauna. Birds were few and far between when we visited (during the first week of October) but could observe Mud skippers (an amphibious fish seen walking on the open mudflats), mud crabs, fiddler crabs, and various estuarine fishes. The interpretation centre and the information boards provided along the trek path deserve more attention of the authorities. Trip across the river on the ferry (from Ribander Wharf) was entertaining. Its free for all (except those taking bigger vehicles across).
Must visit place for every Nature lover & bird watcher. Mangroves are really beautiful. Cruising through these mangroves is a wonderful experience which is not to be missed for those who seek something different than churches and beaches while in Goa.
We went at around 12 noon and the place was lonely, though we liked these trek inside the mangroves. We felt odd after walking 75% of the pathway as it was lonely, there were no staff along the pathway. We spotted three birds on the way, mud crabs and we missed the watchtower which was hardly 180m from the point we returned. Nice informative boards were displayed en route, again visiting in the morning would have been ideal for spotting migratory birds.
We reached the place at 4PM. Bought tickets and ventured on pathway through Mangrove. Though we heard birds chirping, however no bird was spotted until we reached Jetty point about half a km from entrance. We were told that bird spotting is better if boat is hired and we go on water.