Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the very much popular wildlife sanctuary in Goa. It is quite small and is spread over 8km of land. It is spread over the parts of three talukas: Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is well developed with a deep safari park, a mini zoo, botanical gardens and eco tourism cottages.
Mini zoo includes reptiles such as crocodiles, variety of snakes and animals such as tiger, bear, jackal, leopards, elephants, wild boars, bisons etc. it is a great place to have fun and enjoy the lushgreen beauty of the forest. The area is covered with moist deciduous forests and small patches of evergreens.
The botanical gardens with spacious lawns, exotic trees and colourful flowers are other attractions in the park. The large collection of plants in the sanctuary attracts a large number of botany students and researchers.
The Nature Education Center within the sancutary houses several exhibits which visitors could interpret. The center has an attached library which provides details about various animals while video and movies are also screened on request. Bondla is also ideal for trekking. The trails through the forests are best to experience nature close hand.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to over hundred of bird species. Ruby throated yellow bulbul, the state bird, the common grey hornbill and golden backed woodpecker are some of the bird species commonly seen in the park. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the spot of attraction for the school children and the animal lovers. Goa govt. of tourism has developed ecotourism cottages to accommodate day and night visitors and tourists.