Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary was known as Molem Game Sanctuary when it opened in 1969. Goa's largest wildlife preserve also incorporates Molem National Park.The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary consists of various evergreens in the forested area while the fauna include herds of deer, Gaur (Indian bison), monkeys, elephant, leopard, sloth bear, flying squirrels, porcupine, civet, tigers and a few black panthers. The park is famous for King Cobras and approximately 200 species of birds including Indian Black Woodpecker, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Paradise Fly Catcher, Fairy Blue Bird, Drongo, Wag tails, Barbets, Great Indian Horn Bill and Kingfishers. An observation platform in Bhagwan allows visitors to view many of the animals.A Nature Interpretation Center is found within Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary providing information on the vegetation and the general information on the forest. There are many places of interest within the boundaries of the sanctuary such as Dudhsagar Falls, the highest waterfall in Goa; Devil Canyon; a beautiful geological rock formation; the River Khandepar and Tambdi Surla, Goa's only remaining intact temple dating back to the Kadamba period. The best time to visit Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is from October to March.
Dudhsagar Falls are considered Goa's most impressive waterfalls and one of the highest in India. The name Dudhsagar means sea of milk. The Dudhsagar Falls are at their most impressive during or soon after a monsoon. The falls are accessible by walking on a path that takes you to the viewing point of the falls overlooking one of the pools.The magnificent falls crisscross streams and drop down to form a few pools that are delightful for swimming. Adventurers can climb up to the head of the falls through bushes, boulders and water. It's a tough climb but the mind-blowing view from the top is well worth the effort!