Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, a boat guides you through the mangrove forests where it’s possible to spot around 400 species of local and migratory birds, including kingfishers, coots, egrets, black drongos and pintails, as well as a variety of mammalian and reptilian life.
The Sanctuary is open throughout the year, but the best season for bird watching is between October and March when birds from as far away as Siberia fly south to spend winter in Goa’s warmth. Early mornings and late evenings usually yield the most bird sightings. No matter when you visit, remember to bring plenty of mosquito repellent, and if you plan to snap photographs of the wildlife, be prepared to pay a small fee per camera.