Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Scenic Spot



Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is located on an island in the Mandovi River about 4kms from Panaji, the capital city of Goa.1.8 Sq Km in area. A variety of local and migratory birds can be found on this island.The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry wharf at Chorao.
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.Open throughout the year, the sanctuary can be visited with the permission of the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji. Come winter and this place plays home to several migratory species of birds, like pintail ducks in large numbers in the winter months from October to February every year. 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.
The sanctuary is rich in flora growth and one can see a thick covering of mangrove vegetation here. The flora cover is very fertile over here the mangrove ecology is considered to be the best for birds, fish and insects to multiply. They provide thick shelter for the birds and are their natural abodes.
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 boat service is available only from October to May.
Timing: All days of the week
               6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Best Time to Vist: October to March 
Entry Fee, 
RS 10  per person for Indians
Rs100  per person for foreign tourists
Rs 25  per still camera
Rs150  per camcorder
How to Reach,
Roadway: From Panaji, one can take a cab, auto or bus till the Ribandar ferry dock and take a ferry across the Mandovi River to the island.
Nearest Railway Station: Thivim Railway Station, 12 km away from Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. 
Nearest Airport: Dabolim airport, 15 km away from Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary .


North goa
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Near Ribandar Ferry, Chorao Island, Panjim, Goa 403102
Contact Info
Phone: 0832 222 9701 , 08322239141
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Nearest Railway Station
Thivim (THVM)
Nearest Airport
Dabolim Airport
latitude : 15.380800250 longitude :73.831398010
Corporation : Vasco da Gama
Open Year
178 ha
Visiting Hours
All days of the week 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

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