Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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A 15-minute ferry crossing takes you to one of India’s best known bird sanctuaries for a guided canoe trip around the bird-thronging marshes.
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ashishdeora123
Jodhpur, India434 contributions
great
Mar 2020
a good place for nature lover lots of birds here little difficult to reach here entry ticekt is 20 rs
Written 12 April 2020
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efmum
London, UK2 contributions
tranquil glide through the mangrove
Mar 2020
arriving on the island by ferry you pay the very small local fee to enter the reserve. We were greeted immediately by Uday who offered to take us on a guided boat tour of the mangrove. We'd arrived at 9am and despite fears we might have missed all the birds there were plenty to see. It was a delight. Uday was invaluable pointing out the various species.
We were a little stung by the suggested price - 1500 rupees each - so I advise negotiating how much to pay in advance of getting on the boat. We felt that 700 rupees would have been more appropriate.
Written 4 March 2020
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Anutaara
Goa, India7 contributions
Love for Birds
Sep 2019
The approach to the the sanctuary is not the best its an interesting walk through, i do advice mosquito repelant and plenty of it. you need to make sure your going at the right time when you can spot some birds .......at the very end of the trail you can chill by creek .
Written 11 February 2020
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Traveler Boy
24 contributions
Peaceful
Nov 2019 • Friends
It was really sweet and peaceful experience for me and my friends. It is mangrove forest located in goa.
Written 24 November 2019
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rajan51
delhi1,596 contributions
Bird watchers Delight
Nov 2019 • Friends
Was there at 7 am in time to see the sunrise and cross the river to go in a ferry to the bird sanctuary could see many birds even from the ferry on reaching the sanctuary met Uday Mandrekar who took us in a boat and gave us a great sighting he knows a lot about the birds and stopped at places from where I could take pictures we paid 140 for entry for two people and one camera and 750/ for the 90/mins boat ride which was an experience beyond words will let the pictures speak

Written 22 November 2019
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satyendra vaidya
Pune, India47 contributions
Engrossing visit to Chorao Island
Nov 2019
Being a regular visitor to Goa, this time we decided to something more than the beach circuit. The visit to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Choaro Island started early morning. We reached the Riabandar Ferry Terminal at 0620 hrs to catch the second ferry of the day. The ferry charges INR 10 for vehicles, there are no charges for passengers. The ferries start at 0600 hrs and ply throughout till 0200 hrs.
On reaching the island we were met by our guide Mr Uday Mandrekar, a friendly person. He has considerable knowledge of the area, its flora and fauna, and he also owns a boat. He takes tourists around the island for bird watching for a fee. We paid the charges for the Sanctuary visit as well and after a hot cup of tea in the nearby stall we left for the boat boarding point which was a few kilometers away on the far side of the island.
We embarked the boat at the ferry point for an engrossing 90 plus minutes in the boat.
The ride is good for amateur birders and we did get to see quite a few birds. The most abundant amongst the sightings were the Brahminy Kites and their nests. We also saw a large number of Sandpipers and various Egrets, Herons (Pond, Green, and Night), White Throated Kingfishers, a solitary Darter and Asian Paradise Fly Catcher, a few Black Headed Ibis, some Common Red Shanks, Little Black Cormorants, Black Kites, a few varieties of sun birds, etc. The added attraction was a brief glimpse of a crocodile sunning itself on a nearby sandbar.
The boat ride in the quiet river was very relaxing too.
We finished the boat ride and decided to take the road in lieu of the ferry. The drive back through the fields was good with very little traffic till we reached the Highway.
All in all an engrossing morning.
Written 6 November 2019
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Apara
london10 contributions
Unexpected gem in Panjim
Dec 2018
We drove to the sanctuary rather than take the ferry and it was a picturesque journey. One can hire a private boat for the princely sum of Rs.750, which we did - there were 4 of us and while waiting for the boat, got to see kingfishers around us - a great start! The boat itself, while comfortable was really noisy and one does wonder if we might have seen more if it were quieter... but nevertheless, we had a great sightings of brahminy kites, ospreys, black ibis, sandpipers, kingfishers and for a bonanza, 1 crocodile!! It was a great morning out - peaceful, green and surrounded by nature. Definitely away from the beaten track and not what one thinks of when one says Goa!
Written 25 June 2019
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GitaBhukta
Chennai District, India666 contributions
Nature at its best
Apr 2019 • Couples
Getting to the sanctuary itself is a novel experience. Get on to a ferry in your car and get transported to the island! Buy tickets at the entrance and get into the sanctuary. It is beautiful with mangroves everywhere, undisturbed. There are mounds of mud dug up by mud lobsters, the mudskippers and the many birds that are everywhere. If one sits silently in a place, a lot of birds can be seen. A couple of hours will fly once you are inside!
Written 7 May 2019
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Furqan P
Belgaum District, India39 contributions
MAKE YOUR MORNING WALKING MEMORABLR
Mar 2019
this is my second trip. but unfortunately i dint find ant boat rides just walking in greenery road....
Written 14 April 2019
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Tourman2
York, UK232 contributions
Sanctuary is easily accessible from Panjami by bus and free ferry.
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a must if visiting Goa. The Dr Salim Bird Sanctuary on Chorao Island is a government run reserve, which is a must to walk around and take a boat trip into the mangrove backwaters. You pay a nominal fee to walk to a watch tower (about 1km round trip, though unlikely to see much here a few waders or Ibis.There are options to take or book boat rides the government one 30-40mins is R750 for 1-10 people, however take UDay Mandrekers boat, he takes you into all the eddies , backwaters, mangrove lagoons and you see everything...all bird life he spots before you even know there is anything there. Crocodiles, Mongooses, you name it he'll spot it then you can too. He charges per boat so its cheap and tip him well. Take him up on his offer for tea at his house. He is so dedicated to the ecology of the area he goes out on the river collecting as much detritus he can when he is not taking you out . He is passionate about what he does and the impact on the environment tourism has.
Written 1 April 2019
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