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Where to See Wildlife in Goa

Where to See Wildlife in Goa

Goa might be best known for its beaches and colonial architecture, but travelers looking to reconnect with nature will find ample opportunity, thanks to the area's waters, rain forest, and backwater canals. These are some of the best places to spot wildlife in Goa.

 

Sal Backwaters

Goa’s Sal Backwaters wind through lotus ponds and mango groves, where migratory birds come to seek shelter. Hop in a kayak and paddle through these off-the-beaten-path waterways for the chance to spot hundreds of birds, including four types of kingfisher, as well as black-headed ibis, cormorants, purple waterfowl, herons, egrets, and pin-tailed ducks.

 

Mollem National Park

Goa's Mollem National Park is most famous for Dudhsagar Falls, but it also serves as a wildlife sanctuary, where several species of snakes, butterflies, and birds reside. You might get lucky and spot a barking deer, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, or wild boar on one of the numerous trekking trails. Many travelers opt for Jeep safaris through the park, or take a firsthand look at the jungle canopy on the zipline course.

 

Cumbarjua Canal

Flowing through the backcountry, Cambarjua Canal serves as a critical source of life not only for the people living along its banks but also for the diverse local wildlife. Hop aboard a boat for the chance to spot marsh crocodiles and migratory birds among the mangroves and learn about how crocodiles coexist with the local fishing communities.

 

Arabian Sea

The Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Goa, is home to its own range of colorful wildlife. Dolphins and colorful kingfishers can often be spotted near Fort Aguada, while the waters of South Goa provide a habitat for Technicolor coral and reef fish. Head out for a dolphin-spotting cruise, embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion, or book a snorkeling adventure near Monkey Island.

 

Nerul and Spike’s Rivers

The mangrove forests of Goa provide a habitat for all sorts of wildlife and one of the best ways to explore these areas is by kayak. As you paddle along the Nerul or Spike’s rivers, keep your eyes peeled for osprey, sea eagles, kingfishers, fruit bats, mud crabs, and river otters.

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Goa Kayaking Sal Backwaters Mangroves Magic!

Goa Kayaking Sal Backwaters Mangroves Magic!

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Goa is one of India's top attractions, but getting to the most interesting sights takes local knowledge. During this off-the-beaten-track kayaking tour, you’ll get an insider’s peek at the laid-back beach state’s picturesque waterways and diverse wildlife as you glide through lotus ponds and mango groves. It’s also a popular migratory spot for birds, so keep an eye out for the famous Kingfisher.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Goa Kayaking in Spike's River

Goa Kayaking in Spike's River

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Experience the thrill and the beauty of kayaking in one of Goa's most popular outdoor destinations during this Spike's River Goa kayaking trip. Navigate the thick mangroves and keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, osprey and sea eagles. Cruise past rural villages, historical churches and ancient temples on this water sport adventure that blends equal parts history, nature and culture, too.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Mangroves Magic Goa Kayaking Experience

Mangroves Magic Goa Kayaking Experience

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Active travelers who want to spend some time in nature will love this kayaking adventure in the mangrove forests of Goa. The tour is carefully timed around high tide, so you experience the best conditions for paddling in the calm waters. With help from your watchful guide you’ll see all kinds of fish, birds, and wildlife that make the mangroves their home. This is not a strenuous trip and largely involves paddling in the shade, but some stamina is required to paddle the kayaks.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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