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Top 10 Wildlife Reserves in Maharashtra, India

A state in India, a few would say, is famous for its history and a few would say is famous for its culture, but it is also renowned for its natural diversity.

With the swinging moods of nature, the jungles of Maharashtra divulges its beauty.

Come to experience the trails which go deeper into the wilderness

1. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

 Prominent for Malbar Giant squirrel

The sanctuary is located in the northern part of the Western Ghats. It is spread over the three districts Pune, Thane and Raigad. There is a shrine in the forest with the Jyotirlinga, temple of Lord Shiva.

The area is rich in fauna since there is variety of forest types in the sanctuary.

2. Bor Wildlife Sanctuary

Bor Wildlife sanctuary is located in Hingni in Wardha of Vidarbha region. This area includes 3,237 hectares of Reserve Forest, 2,213 hectares of Protected Forest, and 660 hectares of Unclassed Forest.

Many villages have surrounded the sanctuary.

3. Melghat Tiger Reserve

Melghat Tiger Reserve is located in Chikhaldara and Dharni tehsils of Amaravati district in Satpura hill range. This is one of the last remaining habitats of Indian tiger in Maharashtra.

4. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Sanctuary is located in Satara District in Western Maharashtra. Koyna wildlife sanctuary includes Eastern and Western catchments of Koyna dam.

5. Malvan Marine Sanctuary

Malvan, the only marine sanctuary in Maharashtra is located in Malvan Taluka of Sindhudurg district in Konkan region. The sanctuary is rich in coral and marine life. The golden sands and casuarinas plantations at the Malvan coast form a scenic view and it’s a feast to eyes.

6. Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

Nagzira Wildlife sanctuary lies in Tirora Range of Bhandara Forest Division, in Bhandara district of Vidarbha region. The sanctuary is enclosed in the arms of the nature and adorned with exquisite landscape.

The forests provide ideal conditions of harborage to a variety of birds and animals. The habitats of sanctuary include 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibia, and number of fishes. The invertebrate fauna includes, besides a number of insects and ant species, 49 species of butterflies.

7. Navegaon National Park

The Navegaon National Park located in Navegoan, Gondia is one of the most popular forest resorts in the Vidarbha region. A picturesque lake with crystal clear water, stretching over an area of 11 sq. kms is set in the midst of hill ranges and can be approached through a series of winding trails. It consists of a deer park, an aviary and three beautifully landscaped gardens. Though Navegaon is better known as a bird sanctuary, a number of wild animals could also be sighted.

8. Radhanagari Wildlife Santuary

Well known for Bison

Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary is located in the between the areas of the major reservoirs viz. “Shahu Sagar” and “Laxmi sagar” in Kolhapur district. The entire protected area is undulating with steep escarpments. The soil is reddish and lateritic

9. Sagareshwar Sanctuary

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is at trifurcation of three Tehsils namely Khanapur, Walva and Palus Tehsils of Sangli district. The significance of this sanctuary is that it is a man-made sanctuary. Sagareshwar is an artificially cultivated forest without perennial supply of water and in which most of the wildlife species are artificially introduced.

10. Tipeshwar Sanctuary

Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary is located in Pandarkawada Tehsil of Yavatmal district of Vidarbha region covering an area of 148.63-sq-km.

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