The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is named after the tributary Netravali or Neturli of the Zuari river which is an important source of fresh water in this area. The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is situated towards the eastern Goa at a distance of about 75kms from the capital Panaji and is one of the major attractions for nature-enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. This sanctuary sprawls over an area of about 211.05 sq. km area and along with the Madei Wildlife Sanctuary it covers a total area of about 420 sq. km.It falls in between the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to its north and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to its south. The flora of this area is dominated by moist-deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen trees. The main feature of the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is its fauna which lists black panthers, king cobras, giant squirrels, Great Pied Hornbills and slender Loris. Only recently Netravali was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the government of Goa.The tourism department of Goa also takes care of the forest rest house along with food. Thus it is an ideal place to spot creatures of the wild in their natural habitat. The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is also surrounded by high range of mountains which is considered as religiously very important by the local habitants.
The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Sanguem Taluka in Eastern Goa.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The ideal time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of October to March .
PLACES OF INTERESTS
Apart from the wildlife this area is extremely rich in moist-deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.
The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many highly endangered wildspecies.The other rare and notable animals include Black Panthers, Great Pied Hornbills, King Cobras, Giant Squirrels, and Slender Loris.
Though there are no major eat outs, there are small restaurants on the roadside. Apart from there is a very nice kitchen attached to the forest rest house run by the GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Corporation).Here is a list some nearby hotels to the Sangeum taluk
Panaji ho, Goa
Bicholim so, Goa
Accommodation is available in forest rest house run by the GTDC (GAO Tourism Development Corporation).Apart from the other accommodations available at the nearest place are
1.Colonia Jose Menino Resort
Zalor-Fatrade, Varca, Goa., Goa
2.Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort
Vadi, Candolim, Bardez
Candolim, Goa 403515
3.Avel Beach Holiday Home
4.Lazylagoon Sarovar Portico
Baga, Arpora, Bardez, North Goa Dist.
Beach Road Via Maria Hall
Betalbatim Beach, Salcette, Goa, Betalbetim / Colva
Goa, 403 713
7.Longuinhos Beach Resort
Colva Beach, Colva Salcete
8.Bollywood Sea Queen Resort
Colva Beach Salcette, 403708
9.Clarion Hotel the Beach Goa
336/0 Caluwaddo Benaulim
10.Varca Le Palms Beach Resort
Teen Murti, Fatrade, Varca Beach,
Salcette, Goa - 403721
HOW TO REACH
Dabolim airport is 65 kms away from the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. From the airport, you have to hire taxis to reach the sanctuary.
Margao (45 kms) one of the major railway stations of Goa, is the nearest railhead.
Buses and taxis are available from Margao and Panaji (75 kms) to Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.