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Bhagwan Mahaveer Wild Life Sanctuary
Category : Wild Life Sanctuaries
Location  : Goa

Nestled in the lap of Mother Nature along the eastern border and along the lush Western Ghats, Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary and Mollem national park are a treasure trove of luxuriant flora and varied fauna. A sprawling area of 240 square kilometers, this wildlife sanctuary and national park and protected area has geological and historical facets like the Doodhsagar Waterfalls and the Devil's Canyon.

Jointly they form the largest contiguous wildlife protected area, covering 240 sq. kms in Goa. Thick forests varying from moist deciduous to evergreen types can be seen here.

The dense vegetation provides ample cover to wild animals. If you are lucky, the largest herbivore - the magnificent Gaur can be seen here. Other herebivores found here are: Deer, WIld Boar, and many more. The carnivores - Tiger, Panther, Jungle Cat and Leopard cat can also be seen. By & large the sightings are poor.

What to See?
Dudhsagar Falls - Hidden away in an evergreen valley in the Westerm Ghats the highest and largest waterfalls of Goa, cascades down 306 mts in two segments, 12 km from Collem is a good oppurtunity for trekking enthusiasts.

Devil's Canyon - A formation of rock broken into criss-cross sections and under water passages through which Dudshsagar river flows with great turbulence.

Lord Mahadev's Temple (Tambdi Surla Temple)-This 13th Century A.D. temples is the only one constructed from black basalt in Goa. It is 13 km from Mollem, situated at Tambdi Surla.

Bird Watching : The sanctury nestled in western mountain ranges is an  ideal spot for bird watching enthusiasts. Horn bills are frequently sighted indicating the ecological balance  of the sanctuary.

How to reach there?

By Road: National Highway 4A cuts through the Sanctuary. All inter state buses from Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore halt at Mollem where the Park Office is located.
Route: Panaji-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem. (57 kms)
Margao-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (42 kms)

By Rail:
Nearest Station: Collem (South Central Railway);

 

 


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