• About

    Located on the island of Chorao in Panjim, Dr. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is considered a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird lovers. It is the only bird sanctuary in Goa and is named after the famous ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. With an area spanning over 1.8 kms,the sanctuary is home to a variety of migratory birds.

    Getting there

    The Dabolim airport is 30 kms away. The closest train station is at Karmali (15 kms), and there are taxis, auto rickshaws, and buses that travel to Panaji. From Panaji, you can catch a bus, hire a taxi or rent a two-wheeler to get to the Ribandar ferry dock. There are regular ferries that travel to Chorao Island, and the bird sanctuary is just a short walk away from the ferry dock at the island.

    Quick Facts

    • Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary is open throughout the year. However the exotic migratory birds can be observed at the best time from November to March. You can observe a variety of exotic birds such as kites, kingfishers, egrets, parrots, cormorants and herons among other species. Coots and Pintails are visible during the winter season.
    • The extensive Mangrove swamps are also home to a few crocodiles, jackals and otters. Just find the nearest watchtower at the sanctuary to get a better glimpse of the wildlife.
    • The lush mangrove vegetation provides a natural abode for the birds, and you can observe a rich variety of flora which adds to the beauty of the mangrove ecology. The tall trees are the natural habitat for the large bats that can be found hanging from the tree tops.
    • The entire trip through the sanctuary has to be undertaken by boats and canoes since there are no roads through the island. Boats are available at the ferry dock on Chorao island and can be boarded on paying a nominal fee. Prices are subject to change, so make sure you ask around at the entry points to get the best price.