Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Category : Bird Sanctuary
Location  : Chorao Island, near Panaji

The beauteous island of Chorao in the river mandovi, near Panaji is the heart of the avian land with several species dotting the skyline while other perch perfunctorily in the magnificent and ecologically sound mangroves.

Come winter and this place plays home to several migratory species of birds, indeed every birdwatcher's ecstasy!

The rich mangrove habitat harbours Pintails, Blue-winged teals, maddar ducks, purple herons, Adjutant storcks, flying foxes, crocodiles etc. Take the ferry from Ribandar which is 5 km from Panaji to chorao island, there are locals who takes tourist around in canoes for a fee.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Chorao is the smallest of the protected areas of Goa. It is basically a wetland ecosystem with dense mangrove vegetation.

The wetland attracts migratory birds like pintail ducks in large numbers in the winter months from October to February every year.

The sanctuary is located on an island in the Mandovi River about 4kms from Panaji, the capital city of Goa.

The sanctuary has been named after the famed ornithologist of India Dr. Salim Ali who is also known to have visited the sanctuary before it was declared protected area.

The area of the sanctuary is 1.78 sq.km. and has a number of canals interspersed within.
Nature Interpretation Centre:

A walk-through Nature Interpretation Centre is located at the entrance of the sanctuary at Chorao and provides information about the floral composition and some of the frequent bird visitors.

Watch Tower:

A three-storeyed watch tower located right  inside the sanctuary provides a panaromic view of the sanctuary - below canopy level, at canopy level and above canopy level of the dense vegetation.
Other facilities available:

The Forest Department operates regular boating excursions in to the sanctuary. A 12-seater boat departs every morning at 7 a.m. from Chorao and takes the visitor to the watch tower. The ride lasts about one hour (The boat service is available only from October to May).

From the reception office, a 1 km walkway leads right in to the sanctuary along a specially constructed pathway along the embankment and provides a view of the dense mangrove vegetation.

The characteristic features of the mangroves like root system, the propagules etc can be viewed first hand by the visitor.

The lesser fauna like the mudskipper and fiddler crab can be observed at close quarters. Specially built observation points at three different places off the embankment provides view of the bird life on the mudflats.

How to get there:

The sanctuary reception office is located at the Chorao jetty right across the ferry ramp. To get there, board the ferry at Ribandar which is 4 km from Panaji.

Information courtesy: Forest Department of Goa.

 

 


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