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Fast Facts
Location : In Sanguem Taluka, 65 kms from Panaji.
Area : 240 sq. km
Major Attractions : Panther, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer
Best Time To Visit : October to March
Timings : 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Entry Fee : Adult Rs. 20, Child Rs. 5, Extra charges for camera and vehicle.
Camera Charges : Still Camera Rs. 30, Video Camera Rs. 150.
Vehicle Entry : Two wheelers Rs. 40, Cars Rs. 120, Mini buses/ Vans Rs. 250.

Introducing Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Barking Deer If you desire to get a close look of varied wildlife, thick evergreen forests and amazing landscape as well, then Goa's Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for you. 65 kms away from Panaji, on Panaji-Belgaum Road Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sancturay is a lush green belt of evergreen forests and deciduous trees. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Mollem village in Sanguem Taluka, close to the eastern Goa-Karnataka border on the slopes of Western Ghat ranges.
Formerly known as Mollem Game Sanctuary, this sanctuary was subsequently renamed as Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. With Mollem National Park (107 sq. km) in its centre, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 240 sq. kms. Dense forests ranging from evergreen to moist deciduous make it ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife and avian species, which are visual delight for you.

Flora of the Sanctuary
The vegetation of the sanctuary consists of three major types - West Coast Tropical Evergreen Forests, West Coast Semi- Evergreen Forests and Moist Deciduous Forests. Here, you will see the species of Terminalia, Xylia, Dalbergia, Lagerstromia etc. Availability of grass is very limited, while evergreen forests are mainly centred on higher altitudes and along the river banks.

Fauna of the Sanctuary
Wildlife which you can spot in this sanctuary include Panther, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Gaur, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Sambar, Porcupine, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Civet, Flying Squirrel, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Pangolin, Slender Loris etc. In the past Tigers have also been spotted here occasionally. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for King Cobras, but you can also see other snakes like Python, Krait, Viper etc. and non-poisonous snakes as well.
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If you are birdwatching enthusiasts, this sanctuary offers excellent opportunities for you. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is home to around 200 avian species. Some of the popular bird species which you can see here are Indian great black woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, Great Indian hornbill, Paradise flycatcher, Fairy bluebird, Drongo, Emerald dove, Grey jungle fowl, Wag tails, Barbets, Kingfishers, Shrikes etc.

Activities You Can Take Part In
Drive in, or better walk along the mud trails. As you trek through dense forest, you may see herd of bison or several other animals. Keep your eyes always open to spot the wildlife and don't walk through the large webs spun amidst the tree branches. Get a close look of the giant spiders and gorgeous butterflies such as the Crimson Rose, the Chocolate Pansy and the Blue Mormon.

Further climb up to the watchtowers near the waterholes to get a fantastic view of the animals who come to quench their thirst. You can also spot a wide variety of bird species in this sanctuary. To get a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and valleys visit the Sunset Point, where the beauty of majestic Golden Goan sunset will treat you.

Nearby Attractions
Goa Dudhsagar FallsDudhsagar Waterfall : Dudhsagar Waterfall is the crowning glory of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The picturesque waterfall that originates in the neighbouring state of Karnataka is the highest waterfall in Goa. The waterfall gushes down from a height of 300 m. Its sparkling white water splashes into a wide gorge making it milky all along thereby giving it the name of 'Dudhsagar." For visiting the Dudhsagar Falls, you can hire taxis from Mollem and Collem.

Devil's Canyon : Devil's Canyon, is a splendid piece of Geological rock formation, criss-crossed by underwater passes of the river Khandepar. Due to the huge turbulence in the water, the area near the Devil's Canyon is not safe for swimming, so don't ever try to swim.

Tambdi Surla : About 13 kms from Mollem, Tambdi Surla is home to 12th century Mahadev Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is carved out of a black granite stone. Admire the splendid carved walls and the chiselled monolithic pillars of this temple, built by the Kadambas during in the 12th Century.

Eco-tourism Wing : To get the valuable information about the forest and the vegetation in this sanctuary, visit the Eco-tourism wing. The Nature Interpretation Centre has a informative collection of forest products. Recently the Forest Department has appointed eco-tourism guides at Collem, who will guide you to visit Dudhsagar Waterfall or the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Where to Stay
Accommodation is available in rest houses, rooms and dormitories of the Tourism Department of Goa. A few hundred metres away from the sanctuary entrance, the Dudhsagar Resort at Mollem is a good option for accommodation. You can also pitch your own tents in a campsite within the sanctuary, by taking prior permission from the Range Forest Officer, Mollem. North of Mollem, close to the Tambdi Surla Temple are two other private resorts - Backwoods and Shanti Nature Resort.

How to Reach
Dabolim airport is 80 kms away from the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Colem railway station 6 kms away from the sanctuary, is the nearest railhead. Other major railheads are Margao (42 kms) and Panaji (65 kms). Taxi and Buses ply to Mollem from Panaji and Margao.
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Features : On day four of your trip, you may visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, which is optional not included in the tour. Situated 65 kms away from Panaji, Bhagwan Mahavir Sacntuary provides shelter to a wide range of wild animals like Panther, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer etc. Spend half of the day here and spot a number of wild animals in their natural habitat.

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