About Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Goa -With just 8 sq. km. area, Bondla is rather small. However, it boasts of a Mini Zoo, Deer Safari Park, Formal Gardens, Botanic Gardens and Ecotourism Cottages.Late evenings and nights are very pleasant Bondla is a paradise for ecotourists.
The area is covered with moist deciduous forests, with small patches of evergreens and canes along the nullahs. The state tree Terminalia Crenulata (Matti) and Rosewood are common here.Gaur, the state animal is frequently seen here. Panther, jungle cat, leopard cat, toddy cat, deer, wild boars, porcupines, ant eaters, squirrels are some of the other animals here. Over a hundred species of birds are also residents
What to see ?Zoological Park - A tiny Zoo permits one to see the fauna of Goa in meshed enclosures with natural surroundings. Animal exhibits include elephant, Panther, Lion, Gaur, Sambar, Deers, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Wild Boar, Crocodiles, and Reptiles etc.
Deer Safari Park - Visitors can move among Deers in vehicles inside the sprawling Deer Safari Park housing Sambar and Spotted Deers.
Formal Gardens - Spacious lawns, exotic trees, Varieties of roses, and colorful flowering plants in the middle of the forest do please the eye.
Botanical Gardens - The large collection of plants is of interest to students.
Nature Education Centre - The NEC houses several exhibits, which visitors can see, feel and interpret. An attached library provides details to the inquisitive, and video and cine movies are screened on request.
Birdlife - Bondla is home to over a hundred bird species. For details on bird-watching areas contact the Park Range Office.
Wild Animals - For those seeking greater adventure and excitement, we have watch-towers where wild animals like Gaur, Sambar and Wild Boar can be seen at water-holes However, sighting of animals is mere luck.
Nature Trails - For the more energetic the Nature Trails provide information simultaneously affording opportunities to see nature as it is.
Archeological exhibit - One of the best worked images of deity “Gajalaxmi” with several motives in bold relief belonging to the period between VI and VIII century venerated by ancient settlers are located here.The zoo, deer safari, and garden are closed for public on Thursdays.
Where to stay?This sanctuary has been developed with a view to accommodate day as well as overnight visitors. It has furnished ecotourism cottages, which can accommodate 24 persons and 2 dormitories with a total of 48 beds. A spacious restaurant “The Den” adequately caters to the food requirement of the visitor.
How to get there?
Bondla is off National Highway 4A ( Belgaum - Panaji). Branch off. At Mollem.
Mollem - Satpal Sancorda - Shivddem - Bondla. (20 kms). Branch off. At Tiska Route: Tiska - Usgaon - Ganhem - Bondla (14 kms).
Route:Margao - Ponda-Usgao-Ganjem-Bondla (36 kms)
Route:Panjim - Ponda-Usgao-Ganjem-Bondla (52 kms).
By Rail :
Collem- (on the Mormugao Hubli line of South Central Railway),
Route: Collem-Mollem-Sancorda-Shivddem-Bondla: 28 kms.
Carambolim (Karmali Railway Station - Konkan Railway)
Route: Carambolim - Old Goa-Ponda-Usgao-Ganjem-Bondla: 40 kms.
By air: Dabolim-Ponda-Usgao-Ganjem-Bondla (70 kms)
The Forest Department is contemplating to run a bus service from TISKA to BONDLA everyday, except Thursday.
Dep. Tiska 11.00 hrs & 19.30 hrs
Dep. Bondla 07.30 hrs & 17.45 hrs
*It is better to have one’s own transport or hired taxi to avoid inconvenience, though hired taxi is little bit costly.