Crocodile And Bird-Watching Cruise
Like doing crazy stuff?? How about clicking a selfie with a ‘rare’ species of Crocodile, for starters?????
Unveil the secrets of the unique and special mangrove-lined water ways of the Cumbharjua Canal. Along the entire canal, there are dense marshy mangrove growths. The muddy banks of the river constitute the habitat of the Crocodylus porosus and Crocodylus palustris ( estuarine crocodiles) species.
DID YOU KNOW? These estuarine crocodiles are the largest-growing among of all crocodilian species and they are the world’s largest living reptiles. Females grow up to four metres in length and males over six metres. They can weigh over 600 kgs. Unlike their African counterparts, these crocodiles feed mostly on fish, mud-crabs, frogs, occasionally birds, or other small mammals like rats, mongooses or smaller reptiles like snakes, lizards and monitors.
Play a game...!
One gets to watch the crocodiles only when the the tide is low. Hence, the visits are planned accordingly. Once you are there, crocodiles can be spotted as they emerge from the water onto the banks to bask in the sun. Being cold-blooded, they need to warm up to maintain their body temperatures and also to destroy the fungi and bacteria nesting on their bodies. To avoid being disturbed, some crocodiles hide and expertly blend into the surrounding canopies of the thick mangrove growth.
Now here comes the most challenging part...
These crocodiles are so well-camouflaged that it takes a keen and an experienced eye to spot them. So what you can certainly do is flaunt your abilities by playing SPOT THE CROCODILE before our skilled and trained crew does it for you!
Crocodiles are very timid creatures. If they sense that they are being approached by a noisy boat or in any other way,
they immerse themselves in the waters.
Our crew knows how to approach cautiously, so as to not alarm them.
How the boatmen go about spotting a crocodile is nothing short of amazing!!!!
Timings: The cruise casts off from either Cortalim Jetty or Banastarim Bridge in the morning or afternoon, depending upon the tide.
Birdwatching for Bird Lovers...
On this trip, you will not only enjoy an awesome view of crocodiles, but also spot other resident species like water snakes, monitor lizards, mongoose, foxes, monkeys, etc. Up above in the canopy of the leaves, chirps a variety of birds. This place is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Rare and exotic birds can be found here: The collared kingfisher, Osprey (Pandio balieateus), Brahmini kite (Haliastur Indus), white-bellied fish eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), white-breasted Kingfisher (Halcon smyrnesis), white Kingfishers, humming birds, cormorants, wild fowls, Drongos, Woodpeckers, Mynas, Bee Eaters, mangrove swallow, Sand pipers, Herons, Cranes, Terns, and many more.
The diversity of birds that are a part of the coastal ecosystem ensures a memorable birdwatching experience. You can observe the locals going about their traditional ways, mud scooping and fixing the bunds, fishing for shellfish, crabbing and fishing down on the shores and in the river. There are also a few prawn farms around the area. All in all, it makes for a pretty picture.
This trip is an unforgettable experience for both crocodile and birdwatchers.
For birdwatchers, it’s an early start – at dawn or dusk.
Inclusions: Soft drinks | Mineral water