Crocodile 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.