Monday, 8 February 2010

Destinations: Mollem National Park - India

Mollem National Park lies in the Western Ghats hills in the east of Goa State, India. It is the core of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and covers some 107 sq km and is covered by both dry and wet forests. Highway 4a cuts through the park and provides easy access. Goa Airport is just 80km away to the west. The area can be explored on a series of marked trails. Mammals include Leopard, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Civet, various deer, Porcupine, Bonnet Macaque, Black-faced Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel and Pangolin. Snakes include King Cobra, though you will be lucky to see one. Birds abound with some of the more spectacular being Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Paradise Flycatcher and various drongos, barbets, woodpecker and kingfishers. The best time to visit is from October to April, outside the monsoon season.

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