For a nature lover, visiting wildlife sanctuaries is simply a must. Home to many endangered species of animals, flora and fauna, it does create a sense of belonging as you explore them out yourself. Remember to take along a local certified guide, a pair of binoculars, a wide brimmed hat, sun screen and mosquito repellant to stay safe and secure.
Top 5 Wildlife Sanctuaries in MaharashtraMarch 3, 2014 1068 0 0
Home to the Indian Giant Squirrel (some of them are nearly 3 feet long) this sanctuary is spread over 131 kms within the Sahyadri Ranges. Set up in 1984, the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary also shelters Grey Jungle Fowl, Hyena, Langur, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, and Leopards to name some of them. Within the forest, you will come across Jyotirlinga and a Shiv temple. Bhima and Ghod, tributaries of River Krishna have their sources in the BhimaShanker forest.
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, bison, sloth bears, sambar deer, Smooth-coated otters and the Indian Giant squirrels, the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is very interesting but extremely picturesque to view at. If lucky, reptile lovers will be able to view Indian pythons, king cobras, and even the endemic Bufo koyanansis frog. Located in the Satara district, the sanctuary is spread out 423 kms within the Western Ghats while the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Chandoli National Park are its immediate neighbours. Making the sanctuary lush and green are the three rivers, Koyana, Kandati and Solashi which travel through it.
House to an exotic variety of fish, insects and ants, you could be lucky to spot a couple of tigers, nilgai, sloth bears, wild dog, panthers and even sambar. With more than 100 species of birds and amphibians, the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctury located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra is simply a boon to wild life lovers. Full of lush green landscape, fresh air and bounties of nature, you will be amazed at its picturesque views. Nagzira is the catchment of many lakes including Nagzire, Malutola, Bodbadya and many others which not only provide water for agriculture but are used for fishing as well. Apart from the wildlife, tourists are known to visit the Mahadeo Temple, Pongezira during Mahashivratri festival from Maharashtra as well as the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
As the name suggests you will find tigers in majority here. Located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is the oldest sanctuary in Maharashtra. Named by the local tribals of the area after their god, “Tadoba” or “Taru” while Andhari refers to the river Andhari flowing within the regions of Tadoba and Andhari, this reserve also has a temple below a huge tree dedicated to God Taru. Locals and tourists visit this temple during the annual fair event held between the months of December and January.
A must visit for Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, nilgai, striped hyena, jungle cats, chausingha, Marsh crocodile – an endangered species, star tortoise, Indian python, cobras along with a variety of birds, butterflies and insects. Planning a trip to Tadoba? Make sure you sign up for the jungle safari trips offered in open top vehicles and buses accompanied by experienced local guides with stay options at a couple of locations.
Kalasubai Harischandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
A must visit for avid trekkers as the Kalsubai peak is the highest one within the Western Ghats. Located in Akola district of Ahmednagar, this sanctuary houses many mammals such as jungle cat, mongoose, hyena, wolf, wild boar, sambar, hare along with porcupine, fan throated lizard, turtles, and a couple of water birds such as herons, egrets, water hens, black ibis and more.
If you are planning a trip to wild life sanctuary for the first time then it is essential to make advance reservations, carry suitable clothing and first aid equipment especially medicines for fever, insect bites. Carry heavy duty flash lights, mosquito repellants etc. But first of all, make sure you check out the best weather and climate for enjoying the visit thoroughly.