Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

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Entry Fee : Children - INR 10 Adults - INR 20 Still Camera - INR 30 Video camera - INR 150

Timings : 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

"A Green Escape in Goa"

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa Overview

Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is a protected natural habitat that expands over an area of about 40 square miles in the Western Ghats of India. The green zone consists of west-coast semi-evergreen, tropical-evergreen and moist deciduous forests that create a natural habitat for a wide variety of animals and birds. It is home to the Dhangar community and has temples built by the Kadamba Dynasty. The famous Dudhsagar Falls are also located inside the sanctuary making it anĀ grea attraction for nature lovers.
Set amidst the foothills of Western Ghats, this wildlife sanctuary is a protected area, which contains within itself The Mollem National Park, located in Sanguem taluk in Goa along the eastern borders with Karnataka. This is the largest of Goa's four protected wildlife areas. This sanctuary is home to a variety of plants, birds, and animals. The park is also home to a community of nomadic buffalo herders known as Dhangar.

An unexpected respite of green from the golden and blue beaches of Goa, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the towards the North on Panjim, on the road that passed between Panjim and Belgaum. It is an extremely rich area in terms of its biodiversity and it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a leopard, gaur, deer or even a wild elephant.

The sanctuary has several hiking trails that cut through the jungle, immense biodiversity and picturesque views,  Being set in the lower reaches of the Western Ghats, this place beholds an astonishing charm, taking one through the trails of evergreen forests alongside astonishing waterfalls and unique sites that are worth rejoicing.

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History of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary was formed to protect the biodiversity of Western Ghats. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and was renamed as Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary from the earlier name - Mollem Game Sanctuary. The main area of about 107 sq.km of the land was declared a National Park in 1978 which is now known as Mollem National Park.

Wildlife and Fauna in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

The area covered by the sanctuary is heavily forested and is famous for pristine vegetation - West Coast tropical evergreen forests and deciduous forests which are found on the higher altitudes along the banks of perennial rivers. The state bird of Goa, Ruby-throated Yellow Bulbul is the most common of 120 species of birds found here. The primary species of trees found include Terminalia, Xylia and Timber trees. Due to density, sunlight does not reach the forest floor in many places. The trees are home to an estimate of 722 species of flowering plants and 128 species of plants. Apart from greenery, the sanctuary is the natural habitat of several species of animals including Deer, Sambar, Spotted deer, Hof, Tiger, Panther, Toddy cat, Leopard cat. In addition to these, one can also spot civet, bonnet, jackal, types of squirrels, sloth bear, hyena, Golden Oriole, Emerald Dove, Common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Trogan, Scarlet Minivet, Asian Palm Swift, Jungle Owlet, Forest Wagtail, and many others.

Places to visit in and Around Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

The tallest, four-tiered waterfall in India and an extremely awe-inspiring natural wonder, called the 'Sea of Milk' as it is the majestic cascade of white water. It is located on Mandovi River and is at the height of 107ft. The falls are breathtaking and mostly visited during monsoon season, but are a popular attraction all around the year.

Tambdi Falls

Known as one of the mesmeric waterfalls in North Goa, this fall is not as famous as Dudhsagar falls but is famous for hiking. The dense jungle around the cascade, mesmerizing beauty with a heritage temple at the bottom are a feast to the eyes.

Devil's Canyon

Also known as 'Devcharacho kond' is a beautiful river gorge situated at the Sanctuary is now a famous spot in Goa. This is a canyon carved out of solid rock by the path of the river which cuts the rocks in two, which is a rare sight. One can also find some rare wildlife specimens like leopards and the black panther.

Tambdi Surla Temple

It is a 12th-century temple dedicated to Lord Mahadev. This small but lovely temple is located in the northern region of the Sanctuary. The temple is famous for its lotus carvings in Ashokan style. Eco-tourism Wing- People who are excited to learn about the native flora and fauna can head to the Eco-tourism wing and Nature Interpretation Centre has a variety of data and collectables that are informative for the visitors.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary Timings and Entry Fee

The sanctuary is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM throughout the week and visit duration can be around 5 hours. Entry fee is INR 20 per person for adults, INR 5 per person for children, INR 30 in addition for still camera and INR 150 for Video Camera. Parking fee for Bike is INR 40, Car/Vehicle is INR 120 and Bus/Heavy Vehicle INR 250.

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