The Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is spread over an expanse of 240 sq-km protected area belonging to the Western Ghats and situated in the Sanguem taluka of Goa along the eastern border with the adjoining state of Karnataka. This park is located near a small town named Mollem, around 57 km from the state capital Panaji.
Traveling through Mollem National Park is a breath-taking off-road adventure and a private day trip offers transport by jeep to the nearby Dudhsagar Falls, considered one of India’s tallest and picturesque waterfalls. A personalized guide will lead to the stony rivers and jungles of the Western Ghats where friends and families can definitely look forward to a refreshing day out with a picnic and a swim at a pool beneath the 4-tiered waterfall. A jeep safari will be a preferred option once the monsoon recedes.
What will thrill nature lovers is that this sanctuary is home to a huge number of wildlife and birds besides a vast category of flora. Mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles of all kinds have made this place a home to live. Leopards, the Bengal Tiger, and various species of deer are a tourist’s attraction. Actually, in May 2019, a tiger, who had come from the neighbouring forest of Karnataka, was captured in a camera in this park and a tigress with cubs was also camera-trapped in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, which marked the first sightings in Goa since 2013. It is important to note that the state tourism department also organizes a day tour to this sanctuary and the price of admission is extremely reasonable.
Entry Fee / Ticket
Entry fee of Rs 20 and Rs 10 has been fixed for an adult and a child respectively. If one is carrying a camera Rs 30 will be charged and if you carry a video camera Rs 150 will be charged. One can also get to learn about various herbs, tropical fruits, and spices at a local plantation and also feast on Goan buffet lunch and get acquainted with the local delicacies before returning to hotel transport.
Hiking expedition to the nearby mountain range of Tambdi Surla can be an adventurous activity to explore the rich biodiversity that mystifies this stretch of the western Ghat in Goa. Trek to Tambdi Surla is a hiker’s delight as this place houses a small but exquisite 12th century Shiva temple with intricate carvings. A waterfall deep within the jungles of Tambdi Surla is also a place that craves for attraction. In the wake of the ongoing COVID crisis, tour operators have designed hygiene protocols which are a must for guides, drivers, representatives, and other staff so that tourists can be guaranteed safe travel.