Along the North Eastern border of Goa, Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is situated at Molem, 13 km away from the well-known Mahadeva Temple at Tambi Surla. About 240 sq.km of slopes cladded with dense forest on the Western Ghats, 60 km away from Panaji, this Wildlife Sanctuary also has valleys. It is the biggest wild life sanctuary among all others in Goa. One can get to see numerous species of birds, flora and fauna, geological and historical features in abundance. Dudhsagar is only at an hour’s distance from Colem by train, the ‘Devil Canyon’ is an attractive geological spot nearby.
Comfortable cottages and dormitories have been built by the Department of Tourism for the tourists.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Along the Mandovi River, at the western tip of island of Chorao near Panaji is located Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary covering an area of 1.78 Sq. km. It has mangrove species spread all over. Varied migratory and local birds can be seen here. With the permission of the Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji, this sanctuary can be visited anytime of the year. The sanctuary is at a walking distance, after traveling through ferry from Ribandar to Chorao. Other private boats like canoes also take tourists around.