The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, North Goa is at walking distance from the ferry ghat. Mandovi River is the nearest river to the island. Along this river, the western tip of the island is the best place to spot birds and to enjoy the wonderful aspects of the nature and the colorful birds. The bird sanctuary is named after India's famous ornithologist, Sir Salim Ali. The sanctuary remains open throughout the year and prior permission is needed from the Chief Wild Life Warden of the Forest Department, Panaji.
The Cotigao wildlife sanctuary is located in the Canacona district in south Goa. This sanctuary was established in the year 1969. It covers an area of 86 square kilometers and is the second largest sanctuary in Goa. To reach the Catigao national park, you will have to hire a vehicle of your own and reach from nearby places in south Goa. One can watch the animals from the 25 meter high watchtower that is located near the Talpona River that flows through this sanctuary. The animals come to this river often to quench their thirst and can be viewed around evening or early morning.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Usgao, at the junction of Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari talukas. The smallest of the Goan Wildlife Sanctuaries, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over an area of 8 sq. Kms and is located 3000 ft. above on the lush foothills of the Western Ghats. A nature lovers' paradise. Bondla will tempt you with its lush forest, botanical garden, rose garden, fenced deer park, mini zoo and elephant rides. Rangado river flows on the east and Mandovi river is on the north of the forest.
The biggest of all the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary covers an area of around 240 square kilometers. The sanctuary is located on the eastern border of Goa and easily reachable by both road and rail as it is well connected by a network of roads from the major cities. The sanctuary is home to many animals and birds and flourishes in rich flora. The sanctuary is home to Leopards, Spotted Deer, Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons, Cobras and many more reptile species.