Wildlife spotting in Goa

The Indian state of Goa is bursting with spectacular coastline, dense green forests and rivers running towards the abundant Arabian Ocean, the habitats for an amazing array of wildlife. Whether you’re basking in the sun on a white sand beach or trekking inland, you’re sure to spot some exquisite members of the animal kingdom.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

A couple of hours’ drive inland from the popular coastal resorts of Baga Beach and Candolim you’ll find this vast sanctuary, which works to protect the biodiversity of the Western Ghats.

Covered in thick forest with moist deciduous vegetation, you’ll be met with sacred groves protecting rare trees and thousands of beautiful and unusual flowering plants.

As for wildlife you can see here, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the odd sighting of elusive Bengal tigers. With a knowledgeable guide you can expect to see Indian gaur, deer, civets, wild boar, black-faced langur and bonnet macaque. If luck’s on your side the sanctuary is also home to black panthers, sloths, leopards and flying squirrels.

Bhagwan Mahvir Mollem National Park

This is another easily accessed park, on the eastern border of Goa, less than two hours drive from the coast. Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, surrounded by tropical evergreen and moist deciduous forest, this reserve is popular for its jungle safari tours and hiking trails.

As you look out for the usual suspects including tigers, panthers, hyenas, wild boar and deer, the parks other attractions will keep your senses occupied. From the 12th-century Tambdi Surla Temple to a collection of gushing waterfalls, Bhagwan Mahvir Mollem National park is a picture perfect destination for spotting native species.

Crocodile watching cruise

Navigate crocodile infested waters on a half day cruise down the Cumbarjua Canal, also known as Crocodile Canal, just outside Baga Beach. As you make your way through tranquil mangrove creeks, passing local fishing communities, you’ll spot these formidable creatures basking in the morning sun or skulking in the shallows.