The breath-takingly beautiful beaches draw much of Goa's share of limelight. But the hot and humid tropical climate of Goa coupled with the presence of more than forty estuarine, eight marine and about ninety riverine islands is conducive to a lush vegetation which in turn supports a varied wildlife. The wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa are home to a wide variety of land marine and avian wildlife population which make them a popular haunt for all wildlife enthusiasts and photography buffs from all over the country. The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest of all Goan sanctuaries. Spread over 8 sq. km, this sanctuary also is one of the most easily accessible.
How to Reach
The Bondla wildlife sanctuary is located at the junction of three Taluks viz. Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari about 50 Kms from Panaji and 38 Kms from Margao and 20 Kms east of Ponda. Tour buses from Margao and Panaji stopover at Bondla.
Flora & Fauna
Moist Deciduous Forests, punctuated with small patches of Evergreens and Canes along the nullahs is the predominant type of vegetation. The State Tree Matti and the Rosewood are common. The thorny bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) and Giant Lianas (Entada) are largely seen.
The Herbivorous wildlife consists of Gaur Deers (Sambar, Spotted, Hog, Barking and Mouse) Wild Boar, Porcupines Scaly Ant Eater, and Malabar Giant Squirrel. The diminutive Flying lizard (Draco) is also common. Among the carnivore sport the Panther is the largest and the Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Toddy Cat are others. The avian population consists of over hundred species of birds. The State Bird (Ruby Throated Yellow Bulbul) can be seen. Among others, the Common Grey Hornbill and Golden Backed Woodpecker are daily visitors to the Garden.
The deer park in natural habitat
Nature Education Centre
Hindu Mythological Carvings
The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is particularly popular among school going children for its compactness and large parts of it can be covered on foot. Elephant Rides are also very popular.