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Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Tours and Activities

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Located a short drive from the capital city Panaji, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a compact reserve, spanning about 1.8 square kilometers (.69 square miles) of mangrove swamps. It's Goa's only bird sanctuary, attracting a variety of native and migratory birds, including kingfishers, coots, egrets, black drongos, and pintails. 

The Basics
After arriving at the sanctuary, visitors travel on small boats through the mangrove forests that dominate the area. Along with all sorts of local and migratory birds, the sanctuary is home to a variety of other species, including jackals, flying foxes, and crocodiles. During low tides, it’s often difficult to get around the area by regular boats, though canoes can still pass through the channels and a watchtower offers great bird’s-eye views.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a must visit for nature-lovers or families with kids. 
  • Bring binoculars for the best bird spotting. 
  • Don’t forget your bug spray, especially if you’re visiting around dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are at their hungriest.

How to Get There
The sanctuary is located on Chorao Island on the Mandovi River. If you're coming from Panjim by car, it's fastest to head to the Ribandar ferry wharf (a 10-minute drive from the island) and take a ferry across the water. Alternatively, if you’re coming from destinations further north, such as Mapusa (45 minutes away) or Baga (an hour away), you can get there more quickly by driving. 

When to Get There
The Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset throughout the year, but the best season for bird watching is between October and March when migratory birds from as far away as Siberia fly south to spend winter in warm Goa. Early mornings and late evenings usually yield the most avian sightings. 

Dr. Salim Ali, AKA The Bird Man of India
India's best-known ornithologist, Salim Ali was influential in the establishment of bird sanctuaries in the 20th century. Throughout the course of his illustrious career, he wrote volume upon volume of books about birds; he also helped create the Keoladeo National Park bird sanctuary in Bharatpur, not far from the Taj Mahal.
Address: Chorao Island on the Mandovi River, Goa, India
Admission: Varies
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The Island of Chorao

The Island of Chorao

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Explore this beautiful Island and its star attraction - The Salim Ali Bird sanctuary. We set out on a boat through the backwaters enveloped by the mangrove forest and soon you would be perking up their ears to the sounds of bird life teeming around. Open your senses to nature as you spot birds, crocodiles and various species of Mangroves.There would be learning about the gooing lumps like active little volcanoes all along the pathway were actually mud crabs at work, the loud clickety clicks were the sounds made by fiddler crabs with their large single claws.The Island has more than nature to it right from the Devaki Krishna Temple that had been relocated during the Portuguese rule and a 450 year old Church with numerous stories tied to it.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.80
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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5 Hours Goa Divar and Chorao Islands Small Group Cycling Tour

5 Hours Goa Divar and Chorao Islands Small Group Cycling Tour

This wonderful cycling tour of Divar and Chorao islands takes place every every Sunday and is perfect for travelers looking for cultural and historic tours in Goa. Divar island has a noteworthy historic importance with its proximity to Old Goa, and touring it takes you to nice churches and temples. If it's the right time of year, you'll see the Bonderam festivities. Then at Chorao Island, you'll see the famous Salim Ali Bird sanctuary. The bird sanctuary in itself is a dense area of woodland, and the wetlands on the outskirts of the sanctuary are great for bird watching. Cycling through these areas gives you a sense of satisfaction and awe that you won't get just by walking, so this is a tour you shouldn't miss.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.22
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Island Cycle Tour

Island Cycle Tour

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We take you thru the unexplored rural roads of Goa riding along side the back waters This is an adventure activity moderately tiring and along a scenic route with some interesting bird sightings
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  • 4 hours
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$26.39
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