Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary And Mollem National Park is situated along the north of Panaji on the road to Belgaum in Goa. The sanctuary covers 240 square kilometres, and is so rich in wildlife and bird species that a visit here could turn out to be truly enriching. It is the largest of Goa’s four protected wildlife areas, and easily accessible by road.Also Read - Marathi Actor Ishwari Deshpande Dies After Her Car Plunges Into Creek In Goa
It is recommended that you stay here for at least a couple of days, because the wildlife of this sanctuary are notoriously elusive. Mollem has comfortable cottages and dormitories built by the Directorate of Tourism for accommodation. You can spot animals like the Indian bison or gaur, sambar, leopard, spotted deer, slender toris, jungle cats, Malayan giant squirrel, python and cobras. Take a private tour of the park o n a jeep; that way you can access the remotest parts and learn about the important geographical and historical features of this sanctuary. Also Read - Goa Assembly Elections 2022: Arvind Kejriwal Promises Unemployment Allowance, Job Quota For Locals
It is a lovely experience to get a glimpse of wildlife from Devil’s Canyon View Point. The spot also enhances the bird-watching experience for wildlife enthusiasts. The massive Dudhsagar Falls are also located within the park premises are a popular spot for travellers to visit. Though they are at their prime during the monsoons when the river is gushing with water, one can visit them any time of the year. You can either take a strenuous trek all the way up to the falls or hike a ride till the top in shared jeeps. Also Read - Goa Extends Lockdown Till Sept 6 With Certain Relaxations: Check What’s Allowed, What’s Not
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The sanctuary is also home to Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla: one of the oldest temples in Goa. The temple appears to have survived the ravages of both the Muslim and Portuguese invaders by virtue of its incredibly isolated location.
The temple is about 13km north of Mollem, and a trip to it, along the quiet country lanes, is an experience not to be missed.