RADHANAGARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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Location: Kolhapur District, Maharashtra
Area: 351.16-sq-km
Best Time To Visit: March to end of May


Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary is located in the between the areas of the major reservoirs viz. "Shahu Sagar"and "Laxmi sagar" in Kolhapur district. It covers an area 351.16-sq-km. The entire protected area is undulating with steep escarpments. The soil is reddish and lateritic. High percentage of bauxite ore is found in Plateaus or "Sadas".

Flora

The important kinds of forests found are " Southern semi evergreen forest", " Southern Moist Mixed deciduous forest" and " Southern evergreen forest". The density of the forest crop in this area is between 0.4 to 0.9. The main species found over here are Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba, etc. Radhnagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra

One can find Karvi almost all over the area. Climbers such as Shikekai, Garambi are quite frequently seen over here. Karvand, Vagati, Ranmiri, Tamalpati, Toran, Dhayati, Kadipatta, Narkya, Murudsheng, are few shrubs species and Medicinal plants found in the forest. Small quantity of Bamboo is also found and quite a large numbers of ephemerals, bulbs of seasonal plants are also found here.

Fauna

It is well known for Bison (500), which is the tallest and the most splendid of living Wild Oxen. Tourists can spot bull and calf running with its mother or a large herd grazing in the jungles, which is a treat to the eyes and one can recall with delight years later. Other animals, sheltered in the sanctuary are Leopard, Sloth bear, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Wild Dogs, counted among some of the major animals found in the protected area.

Gaur in Radhnagiri Wildlife Sanctuary - MaharashtraMany types of Reptiles, amphibians and bird species such as Vultures, Eagles, Jungle Fowl, Quails, Plovers, Sand Pipers, Owlets, Doves, Owls, Nightjars, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Flycatchers, Warblers, Wagtails, and Sunbirds are also commonly seen over here.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: The nearest airport is at Kolhapur, which is 65-km away from this place.

Rail: There is railway station at Kolhapur, which is 55-km away from the sanctuary.

Road: Radhanagari is 55-km from Kolhapur on Kolhapur-Deogarh state highway. Regular bus services are available.

WHERE TO STAY:

Government Rest Houses are available for accommodation at Radhanagari and Dajipur.



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