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Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969, and it lies along the Western Ghats, on the eastern border of Goa. The sanctuary comprises of about 240sq.km and has a rich vegetation and animal life; it is basically made up of tropical evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests. The evergreen type of forests is seen on the higher altitudes of the wildlife sanctuary, and it has a dense tree cover, making it a haven for a diverse selection of fauna.

The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is demarcated into two parts by the National Highway no. 4A, and also by a railway line which passes through the sanctuary. The sanctuary has an ample supply of water to support its rich and varied flora and fauna. Talking about the fauna, the list of animals is endless but some of the common ones found here are wild boar, leopard, panther, spotted deer, gaur, barking deer, slender loris ,porcupine, mouse deer, wild dog, sambar, wild cat, common langur, civet, Malabar giant squirrel, macaque, pangolin and flying squirrel.

In addition to the animals, there are many species of snakes in the park. The park is especially famous for king cobras, but other snakes like vipers, pythons and kraits are also found here. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary has over four hundred species of birds and is a great place for bird watchers. Some of the common feathered species found here include the emerald dove, Indian black woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, drongo, wag tails and kingfishers. There have been occasional sightings of tigers, but these are very rare and one should not bank on seeing one.

In addition to the wildlife, there are some major attractions here like the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. This cascade originates in Karnataka and its water falls from a height of 200 metres. As the water splashes down, it creates milky white cascades of water all along its way, and is thus called Dudhsagar meaning a sea of milk. The route to the fall is surrounded by lush green forests.

The next spot on the list in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary would have to be the Devil's Canyon. Here the river Khandepar cuts through the basalt rock, creating an interesting rock formation. The depth of the water here is said to be a mystery and going by the name many people consider it a dangerous place to swim.

The core area of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is known as the Mollem National Park. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a complete and enriching experience and you would go home from here with your life more enriched.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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