Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary And Zoo, Goa


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

A collage of Peafowl at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary & Zoo, Goa
A collage of Peafowl
A collage of Bengal Tiger at Bondla Zoo
A collage of the Bengal Tiger at Bondla Zoo
Water stream at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Water stream at the wildlife sanctuary
Leopard at Bondla Zoo
Leopard at Bondla Zoo

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa

About 50 km 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, and chirping calls of birds. Shadow, cool breeze, and sereneness of being amidst nature.

Indian Bison at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Indian Bison at Bondla Zoo
Python Snake at Bondla Zoo
Python Snake at Bondla Zoo

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary offers a nature trail, bird watching, a wildlife observatory, tourist cottages, and a 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 at Bondla Zoo
Indian Barking Deer
Indian Barking Deer

It has a mini zoo, thankfully housed in natural surroundings. We could see Crocodiles, various types of Snakes, Tigers, Leopards, 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 or resting.

Indian Blackbuck Deer
Indian Blackbuck Deer
Spotted Deer at Bondla Zoo
Spotted Deer

Bondla Zoo

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 a pleasant first time spotting this type of hornbill for us. Dandeli is where we first spotted the Malabar Pied Hornbills. It is home to over a hundred bird species.

Malabar Grey Hornbill at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Malabar Grey Hornbill

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 en route Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Crocodile at a local pond en route to the Wildlife Sanctuary

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