The sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Moizzudin Ali, India’s pre-eminent ornithologist.Located on the island of Chorao in the Mandovi River, the sanctuary is accessible by a ferry which starts at the Ribandar ferry wharf.
The Salim Ali Sanctuary is host to a number of common and uncommon species of marsh dwelling birds and animals.
Visitors can most probably see white egrets and purple herons. One can expect to see colorful kingfishers, eagles, cormorants, kites, woodpeckers, sandpipers, curlews and mynahs on a fairly regular basis.
The sanctuary boasts a well-equipped Nature Research Centre which is available for public use, so that tourists and locals alike can gain further insight into animal and bird life on the mudflats amidst the rare and fragile Eco-system created by the mangroves.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is during the winter months, when the migratory birds that frequent the area are also in residence. The maximum number of the sanctuary’s inhabitants can be seen in the early hours of the morning and at sunset.
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