Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews
Get close to Nature - Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa - India Mar 25, 2010
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: as a youngster I used to visit this place once or twice every year. stay there for a week in rented huts. Born fire at night, educational center learning about plants, visit to the Zoo and feeding the animals, learn how to catch snakes, day and night nature trails etc… camping in this sanctuary was awesome and awaited every year.
Bringing back my childhood memories I visited this sanctuary but was disappointed with my visit. Maybe its because I’ve seen this sanctuary before and had come here with exceeding expectations. The park is poorly maintained and there are fewer animals to see, the animals are tightly caged and it’s difficult to get a clear view. Few of the animals are living in good conditions.
After a nice swim Agonda Beach, south Goa we headed for the Bondla Sanctuary. This was a long drive from there. I got a little nap on the way there. Just before entering the tiny, winding road to the sanctuary we made a pit stop for some snacks and water. Either side of the road has dense plant life and view of some dried lakes. Along the way to the top, we saw monkeys and birds.
Once you get to the top, the main gate of the sanctuary is very welcoming. Entry to the sanctuary is cheap. There is a nice restaurant there and they serve some decent meals. The winding road leads you to the parking area and from here you have to move by foot. It’s very safe to and there is constant forest patrol. At this point I would suggest, making use of the toilets as its going to be difficult to find one once you start the track.
Request: be kind to the animals and do not tease or feed them. Their survival depends on the proper diet and care. The forest police do not take it kindly if you indulge in such activities. One of the reasons for the dense netted cages is due to such activities by visitors to this sanctuary.
The entrance to the sanctuary is closed at 5:30 Pm. Best time to reach here is in the morning as you get to see more of the wild life and the place is cool to track. We reached late in the evening and were unable to see much. There is also an elephant ride in the park which is excellent but is available until 4:00 Pm.
This is a good location for nature enthusiasts and photographers. The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is particularly popular among school going children for its compactness and large parts of it can be covered on foot.
How to reach: there is a good network of busses to the main bus stops and from there hire a taxi to take you to the sanctuary. Do not depend on local transport. The Bondla wildlife sanctuary is located at the junction where 3 Talukas meet, Ponda, Sanguem and Sattari. Approximate distance to the sanctuary from some main cities; 50 Kms from Panaji and 38 Kms from Margao and 20 Kms east of Ponda.
What to see or do: Zoological Park, Deer Safari Park, Formal Gardens, Nature Education Centre, Botanical Gardens, Bird watch, Nature trails, Birds (100 different species).
Staying: cottages are available that can accommodate large crowds.
Clothing: wear something that blends with nature but carry a bright color jacket for emergency if you plan to go on the nature trails.
Caution: dispose of garbage in designated areas and dispose cigarette butts carefully (Although it’s advisable not to smoke) and camp fire in designated areas.
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