15 Must Visit Wildlife Sanctuaries of Maharashtra

Maharashtra state is home to many rare species of flora and fauna in 17 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Wildlife safari in important sanctuaries of Maharashtra inlcude Tadoba National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park,Pench National Park, Bharmragarh Sanctuary,Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary,Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary,Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary.

Tadoba National Park

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project and national park is the largest home of Bengal Tigers in Maharashtra, located in Chandrapur district. Keystone species of Tadoba National Park are Bengal tiger, sloth bears, Indian leopards, honey badger and dhole wild dog.

Tadoba Andhari National Park is the largest national park of Maharashtra state with total area of 625.4 km2 reserve and home to 88 Bengal Tigers, List of famous Tigers of Tadoba National Park are

Wagdoh Male (Scarface)
Shivaji Tiger
Amitabh Male
Tigress Sisters of Telia

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary between Bhandara and Gondia district of Maharashtra is a lesser known sanctuary in India. The Sanctuary is known for picturesque landscape and number of wild animals,reptiles,birds, insects and ant species.

Pench National Park

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Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is located across the two states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Pench Tiger Reserve is extremely rich and diverse in wildlife and one of the topmost destinations for wildlife tourism in Maharashtra.

Navegaon National Park

Navegaon National Park in Gondia district of Maharashtra is another lesser known wildlife safari park in India. The picturesque lake and flocks of beautiful migratory birds offers the most unique experiences.

Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve in Amravati district, located on the Satpura Hill Range. Gugamal National Park and Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary of Amravati district forms the core area and buffer area of the reserve.

Gugamal National Park in Chikhaldara of Amravati district is part of Melghat Tiger Reserve and home to wild mammals including Bengal tiger,Ussuri dhole, Indian leopard and sloth bear.

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protect habitat of the Indian Giant Squirrel, state animal of Maharashtra. The sanctuary is one of the best biodiversity hotspots in India, located in the Ambegaon and Khed talukas of Pune.

Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary

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Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary or Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur is mainly created to protect Indian bison or Gaur. The Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is notable for high population of Indian bison in Maharashtra.

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals and birds,located near Hingani in Wardha district. It is declared as a tiger reserve and merged with Pench Tiger reserve to boost wildlife tourism in Maharashtra.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

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Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Mumbai is a small area near Matheran and Karjat. Along with Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is s a popular destination for bird watchers in Mumbai.

Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary

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Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is the protected area for the great Indian bustard. The drought prone and semi arid region of the sanctuary is home to many species of birds including Indian bushlark,Great Indian bustard, Grey francolin and White eyed buzzard.

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary in Satara district is nested in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. The sanctuary along with Chandoli National Park and Sahyadri Tiger Reserve are connected by a forested wildlife corridor with Koyna sanctuary.

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist destination in Sangli district of Maharashtra and known for several types of deers,wild boar,Striped hyena and porcupines.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai city is most visited parks in Maharashtra. The large protected area is surrounded by Mumbai city and notable for number of endangered species of flora and fauna, including wild leopards.

Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary

Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary is situated in outskirts of Karjat city in Ahmednagar district. This picturesque wildlife sanctuary is home to large number of Blackbucks or Indian antelope in Maharashtra.

Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary

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Bhigwan is small village known as mini Bharatpur in Pune and Solapur district of Maharashtra. The backwaters of Ujani dam offers best place for birdwatching around Pune especially Flamingos,painted storks and Eurasian spoonbill.

Mayureshwar Chinkara Sanctuary and Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary are also major tourist attractions around Pune for 2 days wildlife trip. Follow the link to see bird photography in Bhigwan and Mayureshwar Sanctuary.