Ribandar & Chorao

Ribandar is an ideal place to stay if you want to visit the island of Chorao. It is also close and well connected to the capital city of Panjim (5 Kms) and Old Goa (7 kms).

some scenes of Ribandar Patto taken from Hotel Shaurya

From the Ribandar jetty, ferry service to the Island of Chorao is available every 15mins to cross the river Mandovi. a comfortable and scenic 25 minutes cruise. the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a very small sanctuary on this island and since it is off season, the forest officials arrive at a leisurely pace. meanwhile, a local Bird guide, Uday mandrekar offers a Canoe cruise which is through some good Mangroves. some Photos of Chorao
a view of the mangroves

One of the most common raptors - Brahminy Kite seen in large numbers

Common Redshank
Median Egret posing for a photograph

this mangrove species is called Kandelia kandel
Wire-tailed Swallow perced on the rods supporting the fishing net

Common bush Brown

The evening Cruise on the River Mandovi is a good way to spend the evening. some photos taken from the boat.

Enjoy a video clip of the cruise at the following link