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Location - Goa, Western India
Area - 3,702 square kilometers
Nearest Airport - Dabolim International Airport, Goa
How to reach - By air to Dabolim Airport or by road from Mumbai in about 7-8 hours. Goa railway. Madgaon (Vasco-da-Gama) railway station in Goa is well connected to the Indian Rail network.
Famous for - Endemic bird species of Western Ghats topography and Mangrove bird species
Months Open - All year round
Best Time to visit - November to February
One of the most happening and lively states of India, Goa is also an important birding venue for avid bird watchers. For many Goa is famous only for party-packed nightlife and tourist-filled beaches, but Goa has much more than what meets the eye. Besides the resplendent shorelines and vibrant nightlife, Goa also has a national park and six sanctuaries, quite a feat considering its relatively small size. The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris is a part of four sanctuaries, making it the only state that has the Ghat’s ecosystem within the state under some form of protection
Birds of Goa are seen across different landscapes, sanctuaries, natural features, and the National Park. Out of the total 16 species endemic to the Western Ghats, 7 are found in Goa alone. Some of the birds that are commonly seen in this state are the golden oriole, blue-eared kingfisher, orange-headed ground thrush, blue-faced malkoha, white-rumped shama, greenish warbler, black-naped monarch, Indian Great hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill and more.
Things to do on Goa Birding Tours
There are more than 400 bird species found across different parts of Goa. Goa has a collection of diverse habitats, ranging from mangrove swamps, river estuaries, scrubland hillsides, marshes, forests, and arid fields. This varying topography helps to sustain, breed and house migratory birds of different species quite effortlessly.
The best time birding in Goa is between November to February. Below is a list of some of the areas within the state that provide excellent bird watching opportunities.
How to reach
Goa can be easily called the tourist capital of the country and is hence easily accessible via rail, air, and road to all major cities of India. Internal travel within Goa’s major cities, towns, and villages are also very easy.
By Rail – Margao railway station is the main railway station in Goa and well connected to all major Indian cities via trains.
By Air – Dabolim International Airport in Goa has regular flights from most international air travel hubs and also multiple daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and other major airports of India.
By Road – Goa is well connected to major cities in western India like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and so on. From Mumbai, it takes about 7-8 hours of drive along a beautiful seaside highway to reach Goa.
Goa is too big a destination to draft out a single standard itinerary. The locations would change according to the birds and other activities that you have in mind. However, the below-given itinerary is a basic layout plan of how one can go about birding in Goa. We start from north Goa and visit the birding areas such as the Socorro Plateau, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The birding trip will include a visit to the Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, the mangrove swamps along Zuari, Baga Forest and the Morjim Beach. The entire tour will take 4-5 days. We suggest you call us for a personalized tour plan.
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