Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Also known as Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – The sanctuary is named after one of India’s most prominent ornithologists, Dr. Salim Ali – the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 1.78 sq kms. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located at the western tip of the Chorao Island along river Mandovi near Panaji. It is fully covered with mangrove species. A variety of local and migratory birds can be found on this island.

This sanctuary can be visited any time of the year. However, permission from the Chief, Wild Life Warden (Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji-Goa) is required. One needs to take a bus or a cab from Panaji to the Ribandar ferry wharf and then take a ferry across the Mandovi River to the island of Chorao. The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry wharf at Chorao. There are also some private parties who take tourists around in their canoes fitted with outboard motors.

If a bird lover plans a trip to Goa, his trip is not complete without visiting Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Regarded as ‘the paradise of bird watchers’, it is named after India’s most renowned ornithologist. Hoe to a large variety of birds, this is the only one bird sanctuary of Goa.

You will find umpteen number of domestic and migratory birds in this sanctuary, spread in 1.8 sq km. You may also spot other rarefied wildlife here including Indian rock Python, smooth Indian otter and flying fox.

Mangrove swamps are on the western tip of the Chorao island besides river Mandovi. The mangroves are abundant with chirping birds, making the overall ambiance really memorable. Almost 14 species of mangroves are found here, which makes it an ideal breeding ground for planktons, shrimps, estuarine fish and tiny crabs. Mangroves also provide feeding ground for bird species.

The Avifauna

A large variety of migratory birds can be seen in this bird sanctuary during November to February. Pintail ducks, Cormorants, Mallards, Purple Moorhen and Storks are some of the famous migratory birds which can be easily spotted.

A large variety of resident birds can be spotted here. These include Herons, Drongos, Eagles, Kites, Kingfisher, Baya (weaver birds), Purple Sun bird, Egrets, Tailor Birds, Grey-headed Myna, Red-wattled Lapwing, Redshank, Common Sandpipers, Green Bee-eater and Pheasant-tailed Jacana.

Some Activities 

A network of water channels criss-cross Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. You may cruise along the placid waters of the canals to the gentle sound of the water gently lapping against the boat and sweet chirping of the birds. You may also have a spectacular view of the white-bellied sea eagle coming down swiftly to catch a fish from the waters when you are on boat cruise. Otherwise, you also can climb the watch-tower which was built in this Bird Sanctuary to provide a better view of the birds.


Located on Chorao island in Tiswadi Taluka, 5 km from Panaji

Best Season 

November to February but anytime in the year with the permission of warden, Forest Deptt.

Entry Fee

Rs 50

Where to Stay

You are advised to stay at Panaji if you are coming to visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This town has plenty of accommodation available in Panaji, which can be opted as per your requirements and budget. Hotel Casa Pinho, Hotel Ashoka Plaza, Hotel Delmon, Hotel Check Inn, Hotel La Grande and Hotel Manvins are some of the best hotels in Goa.

How to Reach

Nearest major city is Panaji, capital city of Goa. You can hire a taxi or ride a bus to reach Ribander ferry jetty. This jetty is situated at a distance of 3 km from Panaji along Linhares Causeway. You can take a ferry across Mandovi river to the island of Chorao.

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