Explore the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near Dona Paula

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is less than a half an hour drive away on the bank of the River Mandovi. Its mangrove habitat on the western tip of the Chorao Island is a swampy paradise for thriving nature and hundreds of exotic bird species. It was named after India’s best-known ornithologist, the late Dr Salim Moizzudin Abdul Ali, and has been protecting the local birdlife since 1988 through Goa’s Forestry Department.

Some of the bird species you can see are purple herons, colourful kingfisher, eagles, drongos, woodpeckers and cormorants. Enjoy a leisurely canoe ride through the sanctuary’s lakes and rivers to spot animals such as marsh crocodiles, jackals, otters and different types of fish.