Topics: Goa - Wikipedia
The smallest state of India, Goa is arguably the most popular tourist destinations of the country. This land of beaches was a part of the ‘70s hippies trail. It offers the perfect combination of nature, culture, history and adventure. Goa has a unique history, which is a fusion of Indian and Portuguese influences.
Located in Mollem in Sanguem taluk, Goa, Mollem National Park is spread over 240 sq km of area in the Western Ghats. The park is near the border of Karnataka. Earlier, this park was called Mollem game sanctuary. It was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. The park was renamed as Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and its core region, which covered an area of 107 sq km, was named Mollem National Park in 1978. Located around 60 km south east of Panaji, the park has many temples dating back to the period of Kadamba Dynasty. The Mormugao–Londa railway line also runs through this national park.
Mollem National Park is home to a wide variety of birds like great Indian hornbill, drongo, golden oriole, three-toed kingfisher, fairy bluebird and wagtails. There are several species of butterflies including Lime Butterfly, Plain Tiger, Tamil Yoeman, Malabar Tree Nymph, Tailed Jay, Crimson Rose and Blue Mormon. The park also has different species of snakes like Hump-nosed pit viper, King Cobra, Malabar pit viper and Indian rock python.