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Within easy walking distance of both the Marinha Dourada and the Riverside Regency, yet providing a chance to see a good variety of scrub and woodland species including Red Spurfowl, Indian Robin, Puff-throated Babbler and, in some years, Indian Pitta.

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in North Goa’

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Baga Hill

This is the new tarmac road that leads to the east side of Baga Hill

This is looking back down from where the tarmac ends. If you walk right from this picture you reach the open hill

or you can walk left down this path to a point overlooking Baga fields

Here’s the view from that point. looking towards the coast. The woods of Baga Hill are on the right, Baga fields are on the left.

Once you get onto Baga Hill, you can walk towards the coast along an obvious track - though you do have to negotiate a barbed wire fence.

To complete a round trip of Baga Hill you need to find the path down ‘Baga Hill west’ . This shows where that path disappears off to the left. Look out for that flat area of bare rock.

If you look left from the slab of rock in that previous picture, this is the view of the top of the path you need to take. It doesn’t look much so it’s easy to miss.

About halfway down ‘Baga Hill west’ is a small clearing marked by an old bamboo shack.

The path continues all the way to the road near Baga bridge. Look out around here for Peafowl, Orange-headed Thrush and even Indian Pitta

This is the view looking back up the path from the Montemar apartments (on the right). The path is up the steps you can see here. On my first visit I wrongly followed the track to the left, instead of going up the steps; I ended up in a garden where a bloke was sunbathing naked so I definitely advise taking the correct route.

This is the turn off to ‘Baga Hill west’ from the road near Baga bridge. Just follow the path up the seaward side of the Montemar apartments