Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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Moderate Activity
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Tue – Sun  6:00AM to 6:00PM
3-4 hrs. (suggested)
Jun to Feb
Sep to Oct
Ribandar
North Goa
Summer: 30°C – 40°C
Winter: 15°C – 25°C

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is so named after India’s top ornithologist. It is a hidden gem that not many people visit but it makes for a top sight-seeing place in Goa. The Sanctuary is located on Chorao Island on River Mandovi which necessitates a ferry ride across to the island. The island is covered in mangrove swamps and frequented by birds of all kinds. Both local as well as out of state birds make a home in the sanctuary. You can spot many species of birds here like Pintails, Blue-winged teals, Maddar ducks, Purple herons as also storks, flying foxes, jackals, and crocodiles.


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The mangrove swamps are a good breeding habitat for many birds, fishes, and insects. There is a watch tower in the sanctuary from where you can watch the various kinds of birds that frequent the island. Visitors would be well advised to lather themselves up in insect repellents when visiting the sanctuary. The island is easy to visit but it needs some planning in advance as you require a permit from the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji.

This is a relatively small sanctuary but it is rich in nature’s attractions and makes it to the lists of numerous travellers. Its short distance from Panaji makes the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary especially convenient to visit.

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • Visitor may be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Nearest Airport:  Goa International Airport 
  • Nearest Railway Station: Panji Railway Station
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
3.9
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siddhartha attri
siddhartha attri
15:12 17 Feb 20
Walking of only approx an hour, forest looks very natural but small. You could see mangrooves. We visited at around 3... pm and were able to see only 3-4 types of birds. Few people suggested that it's better to visit in the morning. Free for children. Nearby is a govt ship service that can take car to the other bank for only Rs.10 and no charges for people.read more
Kushal R
Kushal R
04:21 21 Jan 20
A cozy little area, with almost no crowd during the early morning hours when we were there. Best way to reach it is via... the Ferry, which lands right outside the gate. Saw very few birds though as we did not take the motorboat tour like how others have recommended. You can walk along the length of the park to a view point, but you probably will see very few birds. Path is walkable with patches in between where the slabs have led to mud slushes.read more
Yogini Chauhan
Yogini Chauhan
07:46 16 Jan 20
Very beautiful and well maintained. A good place to visit with kids.Its a peaceful place on Chorao Island in Goa. To... get there you have to take a ferry across the river. Best time to visit would be in the morning. The ticket costs Rs.20. Also, you'll have to do a bit of walking here so come preparedread more
ankur sharma
ankur sharma
15:08 28 Dec 19
Very nice experience in the middle of Mandovi river. We took boat for the trip. Boat driver was a good guide as well.... He knows the name of almost all the birds. Amazing ride. One must try it if you visit Goa.read more
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