Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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A 15-minute ferry crossing takes you to one of India’s best known bird sanctuaries for a guided canoe trip around the bird-thronging marshes.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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tina dhawan
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Amazing boat ride at Salim Ali bird sanctuary. Pls hire a boat from the ticket desk for INR 1000 for ten people . The round trip with the boat man who will show you the 5 types of kingfishers , waders, lesser adjutant storks, egrets , western reef herons et al all inclusive in the 1k. And this is for 10 people on the boat.
Word of caution - Do not hire Uday. He fleeces you. He charged us 3k for 2 people the first time. There is nothing he does over and above what the boatman shows and for a a fraction of the price.
Written February 9, 2022
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steve b
uk78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Early start from hotel in Candelim to get to this bird sanctuary. Parked at Ribandar ferry crossing and jumped on ferry (free for pedestrians) for 20 min ride across to the island. out taxi driver introduced us to Uday and we accepted him as our guide for the day. \walked for about 15 minutes to where his boat was. we were there at low tide which was perfect for spotting birds feeding in the river. Uday was very good at keeping close to the edge of the mangroves and spotting the bird life. we saw 5 types of kingfisher, Brahminy kites, egters, \ibis, storks, green and pond herons, one crocodile and an otter running along the bank and then swimming. i would definitely recommend uday.
Written February 26, 2023
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Juthy Slaughter
United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went early and took a boat through the mangrove forest and saw many amazing birds. Any later than 9 and you won't see as much. To get there you have to go cross the river by ferry which runs frequently. There are a few stalls at the entrance and boardwalk through the forest with informative signs. It is well worth taking the boat ride as the boat man can spot a bird a mile off!
Written March 20, 2023
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Chris B
Holyhead, UK269 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We traveled here from Candolim and took the ferry to the entrance. The ticket was 100 rupee to walk a path of about 1km through the mangrove, we were informed that no boats were running that day, no explanation as to why. Walking in the mangrove we saw nothing and as such the effort we had made to come here was a total waste of time. On returning to the ferry we actually saw more birds, kingfisher and raptors from the ferry and I am sure the trip would have been better had we been able to use a boat
Written April 4, 2023
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Anutaara
Goa, India7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The approach to the the sanctuary is not the best its an interesting walk through, i do advice mosquito repelant and plenty of it. you need to make sure your going at the right time when you can spot some birds .......at the very end of the trail you can chill by creek .
Written February 11, 2020
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Hazel E
35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We arrived just before 7 am. We are keen birdwatchers so we're looking forward to our visit. We went to the entrance to pay, and found the guy behind the counter unfriendly and indifferent. Another guy came out of the office to offer us a boat ride for an hour and he wanted 2500 rupees! We said no thanks and entered the reserve. We saw hardly any birds which was very disappointing. There were information boards dotted around but everything was so tired.
Written December 3, 2023
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Jay K
Bengaluru, India5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
A very different habitat! Green in slush.Myself and my wife visited the place on 8th and 9th March 2015. Forest Department has made nice arrangements for a 2 kilometer trail in the mangroves. We could feel the freshness of nature! There are very few visitors and practically no disturbance to the birds.We sighted Common Kingfisher many times. A rarer Collard Kingfisher too showed up but couldn't be photographed. Other birds seen are Egrets- Great, Intermediate & small, Pond Heron, Black headed Ibis, Brahminy Kite,Lesser Adjutant,Striated Heron, Common Sandpiper and Common Redshank. A boat ride for one hour by forest department costs Rs.75 per person for a group of 12 or pro-rata. Unfortunately, the boat was under repairs.Forest Dept. should ensure an alternate arrangement is made to avoid disappointment to visitors. However a well meaning local helped us in meeting Sandesh Sawant, a private motor boat owner, who made our boat ride of one hour through the mangroves possible. It is very scenic!
To reach the place: Early morning, take a bus from Panaji bus stand for 3 km and free ferry across Mandovi river from Ribander to Charaon island. You may plan to visit Mayem Lake 10 km away for the rest of the day.
Written March 11, 2015
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White-Angelwings
Essex109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it if you were a birdwatcher. Even if you're not, I would still recommend it as it was such a wonderful experience!

Ask a local taxi driver to take you to Chorao Island. He'll drive you to a ferry port (about a ten minute drive from Candolim). He will then come on the ferry with you (we were the only white people!) which will take you to the island. After a fun 15 minute crossing, we met Paresh Sawant who was to be our tour guide. The taxi driver drove him and us to the marshes. He then waited for us while Paresh helped us into a canoe dug out from a mangrove tree. He then punted us around the marshes for one and a half hours. It was wonderful and he pointed out all the birds that we saw, the experience was extremely tranquil and interesting and Paresh is very knowledgable. Make sure you have your camera with you. There was Paresh, me and my mum and sister in the canoe and I don't think any more people could have fitted in the canoe. This is a highly recommended attraction - not to be missed! The whole experience (taxi fare, tips and canoe trip cost us about £13 each - worth every penny and attraction off of the main tourist trail.
Written January 5, 2009
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Om_Sao
Hyderabad12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
I visited The Sanctuary on 21st January. It is very nice place for nature lovers and photographers. It consists of varieties of mangroves, bird species especially migratory birds. Entry fees is 20rs and the walking stretch is of something 1km pathway.

Best time to visit is during winter and early morning hour. If you visit early morning hour(before 8am) you will get to see some rare sights. Don't hesitate to take private boat which will cost somewhere near 900rs if you reach during early hours, It will be worth it.

But please do take care, in the pathway there are too many mosquitoes.. :P
Written February 10, 2015
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VamikaJ
bhopal83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I ended up at the sanctuary in the afternoon and the forest guard informed me of birds not being visible in the afternoon hours.
I still walked through the mangroves into the sanctuary and it was worth it.

The Forest Department organizes ferry rides every morning at around 7 am which takes the tourists around the sanctuary and that's when the birds can be seen.

Visit during early morning hours or during the sunset.
The ferry ride to to the Dr. Salim Ali sanctuary is itself an experience!
Written April 9, 2015
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