Unplaned visit to Dr. Salim Ali Birds Sanctuary, Goa
I was at my village Kudal and suddenly made plan for Goa at relative’s place.
After spending two days at relative’s home I started searching nearby places on map. I found Dr. Salim Ali Birds Sanctuary is just 15 minutes away from that place. So I planed to visit sanctuary next day morning. I got a scooty and next morning I left at 6.30 am from home. I reached at 6.50 am at sanctuary gate. I was the first person for a day. I buy tickets. It is 20 Rs. for adult and 30 Rs. for camera.
A person at ticket counter suggested me to take boat ride, because there is less no. of chances to see birds in mangroves. They charge Rs. 700 for boat ride. If you are in a group it will devid in all members. So I asked him is there any group coming today, then he reply yes. One group is coming. But I decided to walk in mangroves because it looks awsome from gate.
After some walk I realized it was a wrong decision. Because I didn’t found a single bird in mangroves. Then I reached at watch tower. I climb up and view from top is really great. Even I saw boat of that group which I supposed to be there. Fro top I saw that walking track and boat way connect at one point. So I reached at that point and same time that boat also reached there. Boatman was the same person who was at ticket counter. So I got in the boat. And unexpectedly one of my Facebook friend Mohan Upadhyay leading that group. He is a member of Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, Chiplun, and he is working on conservation of Sea Turtles from 15 years at Velas.
As soon as I got lift in boat I saw Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. I was very lucky to have that boat ride. In that 1 and half hours boat ride we saw so many birds and one crocodile also. The boatman has lots of knowledge about birds. And he is really a kind person. Because he didn’t charge from me for boat ride.
At 10 am we came back to gate I spend some time in mangroves. They also made one room where you can get information about birds. That room was really cool.
Best time to visit at sanctuary is winter and at early morning at the time of low tide.
If you are coming from Panjim or from famous beaches of Goa, then you have to reach to the gate by ferry boat.