Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Lonely Planet review
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary lies a stone’s throw from Molem and, with an area of 240 sq km, this is the largest of Goa’s four protected wildlife areas; it also encompasses the 107-sq-km Molem National Park. Unless you’re on a guided tour, however, you might also have problems actually gaining access to the park’s quiet, shady, unmarked trails. In theory, tickets are available at the Forest Interpretation Centre, 2km before the park entrance, close to Molem town. In practice, though, there are usually only a couple of bewildered-looking men sitting about, who will have enough trouble interpreting your request to purchase a ticket, let alone finding the keys to the park gates. Beware, too, that aside from the top-end Azuska Retreat, Molem is unequipped with anywhere to stay.