Spread over an area of 8 sq. km., the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest among the wildlife reserves in Goa. Due to its relatively small area, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is known more as a wildlife resort than a sanctuary. Within its confines, the Bondla sanctuary houses a botanical garden, a rose garden, deer safari park and a zoo, initially established as a refuge for injured or orphaned animals.
The zoo provides a glimpse of the animal species found in the sanctuary
while the botanical garden houses a large variety of exotic plants. The
Nature Education Center in the sanctuary is an effort to bring nature
close to people. Apart from a number of exhibits, the library of the
center screens video and cine movies to tourists and young kids.
Flora at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
The luxuriant vegetation of the sanctuary comprises of moist deciduous
forests interspersed with patches of evergreens and canes along the
nullahs. The common tree varieties of the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
include Matti, rosewood, Lagerstroemia (Nano), Kindall, Jamba, Mimusops,
and thorny bamboo plantations.
Fauna at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bondla sanctuary is home to a multitude of animal species including
Gaurs, Panthers, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, Deer (Sambar, Spotted, Hog,
Barking and Mouse), Wild Boar, and Malabar Giant Squirrel. The bird
species consist of Ruby Throated Yellow Bulbuls, Common Grey Hornbills
and Golden Backed Woodpeckers.
How to Reach Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is Dabolim (80km).
Margao (38 km) is the nearest railhead.
Tour buses from Margao and Panaji usually halt at Bondla. The sanctuary
is connected to Ponda (20 km) as well as Mollem by a good tar-road.