Area: 240 sq km
Altitude: 300-900 m above sea level
Temperature Range: 36.6°C - 13.1°C
Best time to visit: Oct – May.
About Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctury
The most important topographic features of peninsular India is Western Ghats ranges extending along its western margin spread over 0.14 million Sq. Km in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.The part of the Western Ghats (the Sahyadris) lying in Goa covers about 600 Sq. km out of the total area of the state of 3701 Sq. Km. The average elevation is 800 m. The range extends in the form of an arc for a length of 125 km north to South. Geologically the topography of the Western Ghats is distinctive. Over the entire length of the Western Ghats the widest belt of forests is around Goa and the neighboring parts of Karnataka because the rainfall remains relatively high over this tract in view of the comparatively lower elevation of the Ghats here.
The Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary at Mollem covers an area of 240 square kilometers and is the largest wildlife preserve in Goa. This sanctuary lies on the eastern border of the state, close to the village of Mollem at the foot of the Western Ghats. The Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is 53 kilometres away from the state capital, Panaji. The sanctuary primarily consists of evergreen forests and deciduous trees.
Within the Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the Molem National Park. Herds of deer and gaurs (Indian bison), clusters of monkeys, Malayan giant squirrels, cobras and pythons are housed in the sanctuary. There are also elephants and tigers, but spotting them could be a tough job. The sanctuary is also home to a few black panthers; and spotting them is not an easy task either.
Mollem National Park is located in Sanguem taluk in Goa close to the border with Karnataka. The reserve also has several temples dating back to the Kadamba Dynasty.Several species of snakes including the King Cobra, Hump-nosed pit viper, Indian rock python and Malabar pit viper are found in the park.Butterflies of many species like Blue Mormon, Crimson Rose, Tailed Jay, Malabar Tree Nymph, Tamil Yoeman, Plain Tiger and Lime Butterfly are found in the region.
The 12th century Tambdi Surla temple, Devil’s Canyon, Sunset Point and Tambdi Water Falls are some of the other attractions of the park.
The area is naturally a major source region for most of the Goan Rivers, streams, many of which in the steep sections form waterfalls, Dudhsagar is the most spectacular. The local name for isolatedpeaks are Sonsagar (3827 ft); Catlanchimauli (3633); Vaguerim (3500 ft) and Morlemchogar (3400). All lies in Sattari tuluka in North Goa. In South Goa the isolated peaks include Siddhanath at Ponda, Chandranath at Paroda, Counsid at Astagrae and finally, Dudhsagar at Latambarcem.
HOW TO REACH ?
Access From Airport
The Nearest Airport for B.M.W.is Goa airport at Vasco.
Access From Railways
The Nearest Railway Stations for accessing B.M.W. is Madgaon 55k.m
Access From Roadways
Well connected with Panjim 55km,Belgaum 90km..