Q. “Mollem” national park is located in which of the following state?

[A] Jharkhand

[B] Goa

[C] Tamil Nadu

[D] Kerala

Answer: B

Explanation: Spread over 240 sq km in the Western Ghats, Mollem National Park is located in Sanguem taluk in Goa close to the border with Karnataka.

  • The reserve also has several temples dating back to the Kadamba Dynasty. The national park is located near the town of Mollem, 60 km south east from Panaji, and the capital city of Goa.
  • The Mormugao–Londa railway line also passes amidst thick jungles of the national park. The park was earlier known as Mollem game sanctuary.
  • It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and renamed Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. The core area of the sanctuary spread over 107 sq km was named Mollem National Park in 1978.
  • Since then, the national park is called Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.
  • Several species of snakes including the King Cobra, Hump-nosed pit viper, Indian rock python and Malabar pit viper are found in the park.

Source: The Hindu