Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary And Zoo, Goa Tourist Attractions

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Peafowl at Bondla Zoo
Peafowl at Bondla Zoo
Bengal Tiger at Bondla Zoo
Bengal Tiger at Bondla Zoo
Water stream Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Water stream Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled along the foothills of Western Ghats is the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary – one of the 3 wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. About 8 square km’s in size, it houses a four decades old zoo within it.

Leopard at Bondla Zoo
Leopard at Bondla Zoo

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary – Places to visit in Goa

About 50 km’s from the state capital Panjim towards the east, Bondla houses a mini zoo in the natural forest area. On the drive, while approaching the sanctuary, you feel the calmness, greenery, chirping calls of birds. Shadow, cool breeze and sereneness of being amidst nature.

Bison at Bondla Zoo
Bison at Bondla Zoo
Snake at Bondla Zoo
Snake at Bondla Zoo

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary offers nature trail, bird watching, wildlife observatory, tourist cottages, and botanical garden to explore. During this monsoon season, we visited the sanctuary and could cover only the zoo due to intermittent drizzle. But it was the perfect time to see the beautiful water streams along the way. Rivulets & Monkeys on the way indicate fast approaching sanctuary.

Porcupine
Porcupine
Indian Barking Deer
Indian Barking Deer

It has a mini zoo, thankfully housed in natural surroundings. We could see Crocodiles, various types of Snakes, Tiger, Leopard, Peafowls, Black Buck, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Porcupines, Sloth Bears, Wild Bisons & Boars. Wild animals housed in groups were playful and unmindful of the visitors to the zoo. Tiger & Leopard were in solitary confinement, though spacious. They were either just strolling the same path and or resting.

Indian Blackbuck Deer
Indian Blackbuck Deer
Sambar
Sambar
Spotted Deer
Spotted Deer

Bondla Zoo & Wildlife Sanctuary

While we were strolling around the campus, a group of Malabar Grey Hornbills surprisingly landed on the nearby trees. We saw them flying among the higher branches of the trees. It was pleasant first time spotting of this type of hornbill for us. Dandeli is where we first spotted the Malabar Pied Hornbills. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over a hundred bird species.

Malabar Grey Hornbill at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Malabar Grey Hornbill at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Another pleasant surprise on our way back was spotting this crocodile in an open natural pond beside the road.  A sure sign of wildlife in this area. We plan to visit again to explore more post the monsoons.

Crocodile at a local pond Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Crocodile at a local pond Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

There is a small canteen in the campus. A nominal entry fee is charged per person and vehicle by the forest authorities. Public transport is poor. It is Open from 9AM to 5PM and closed on Thursdays.

It is one of the Places to Visit in Goa if you like an outing in nature.

I have written about other Places to visit in Goa. You may like to read.

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