Named after the late Dr. Salim Moizzudin Abdul Ali, India’s best-known ornithologist, this serene sanctuary on Chorao Island was created by Goa’s Forestry Department in 1988 to protect the birdlife that thrives here and the mangroves that have grown up in and around the reclaimed marshland. Apart from the ubiquitous white egrets and purple herons, you can expect to see colourful kingfishers, eagles, cormorants, kites, woodpeckers, sandpipers, curlews, drongos, and mynahs, to name just a few.
Low tide increases the probability of spotting more variety of birds as they come to the banks to drink water and catch fish.
Chorao Island, Panjim, India
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Open and Closing Time
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The entire boat can be hired for INR 750.
It can take maximum 10 passengers, so for a group of 10, they charge INR 75 per head.
Entry fee - INR 10 per person.
Camera charges - INR 25 per camera
Video camera charges - INR 150 per camera
Interesting facts about Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Apart from the wildlife, it is a beautiful experience for a morning boat-ride on the river through the mangroves. The reflection of the mangroves on the still waters makes the Mandovi river quite picturesque.
Apart from the wildlife, it is a beautiful experience for a morning boat ride on the river through the mangroves. The reflection of the mangroves on the still waters makes the Mandovi river quite picturesque.
Simplicity is the name of the game at Chorao Island and the inhabitants of the village continue to follow a traditional, old-school Goan lifestyle. Right from the architecture to the food, everything here remains untouched by modernization and a stroll through this village and endless conversations with the hospitable villagers is bound to take you back in time.
In the end you are given an option to be dropped off at a location on the island. You can walk to the entry gate of the bird sanctuary on a beautiful path carved through the mangroves. I highly recommend this walk. There's a possibility to spot some more wildlife on this trail.