Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is a protected area, located in Dharbandora taluk, Goa. The Sanctuary contains several important temples dating to the Kadambas of Goa, and is home to Dudhsagar Falls and Tambdi Falls.
Talking about the history, the area was first known as Mollem Game Sanctuary and then declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and renamed as Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a popular attraction that draws tourist throughout the year. Although, it is mostly visited during the months of October to March, but it can be visited during the monsoons also when the nature’s bounty is visible to its fullest extent. The sanctuary opens all days from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.
The flora of the Sanctuary contains 722 species of flowering plants in wild belonging to 492 genera, 122 families and 128 species of endemic plants.
Mammals: Leopard, sambar, barking deer, slender loris, Bengal tiger, bonnet macaque, common langur, civet, flying squirrel, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, mouse deer, pangolin, porcupine, spotted deer, wild boar and wild dog.
Birds: Drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, golden oriole, greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, etc.
Butterflies: Blue Mormon, common Jezebel, common Mormon, common mime, plum Judy, common wanderer, crimson rose, lime butterfly, plain tiger, southern birdwing and many more.
Reptiles: king cobra, bronzeback tree snake, cat snake, hump-nosed pit viper, Indian rock python, Malabar pit viper, rat snake, Russell's viper, Indian cobra and common krait.
The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. It is frequently visited during the months of October to March, but can be visited during the monsoons also when the nature’s bounty is visible to its fullest extent.
The Sanctuary is easily accessible through the nearby town of Mollem. Private vehicles and cabs from the capital city of Panaji can be hired to reach the Sanctuary.