Located in Mollem, which is about 53 km from the capital of India's Goa region, Panjim, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction. Regular buses ply between Panjim and this place from Kadamba bus stand. Mollem is about 80 Km from Debolim airport and 6 km from Colem, the nearest railway station. Being 240 square km in size, this is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state. The best time to visit this place is early morning or late evening and from October to March, matching with the best seasonal weather in Goa.
The centre of sanctuary is called Mollem National Park, which is 107 square km in area and houses cobras, various kinds of deer, blue birds, Indian bison, elephants, giant squirrels, jungle cats and few panthers. Jeeps are available inside to explore the wildlife. This sanctuary has a stunning scenic beauty and is surrounded by exotic forest areas, tree species, and species like terminalia, xylia etc. Other nearby tourist destinations are Dudhsagar Waterfall and Tamdi Surla Temple. There isn't much good accommodation nearby and it is better to commute daily from Goa in case one needs more than a day to explore the entire sanctuary.
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