Maharashtra tourism is a beautiful blend of nature, architecture, wildlife and religious spots. The magic of the Western Ghats and the silver lining of the Arabian Sea offers a lot for tourism. Amidst all these, forts and shrines dotted across the state allure us even more.
UNESCO World Heritage sites like Ajanta, Ellora, etc. are located in Maharashtra. When monsoon covers a festive shade of green, the winter is all for the beaches out there. Maharashtra is a place for different treks and heritage tour. Long standing Shivaji's Forts, palaces of different Kingdoms, hill stations and many coastal regions make it worthwhile to visit.
Apart from all these destinations, there are also many wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra. The state has many reserve forests which is abode for several species of animals. In this article, let us visit some wildlife Sanctuaries in Maharashtra.
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats of Kolhapur. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958. Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode of several species of animals. However, it is popular as 'Bison Sanctuary'.
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is specially known for animals like Chinkaras, Indian Gray Wolf, Indian Hare and so on. It is situated Baramati of Pune district. Birds like ashy-crowned sparrow lark, Eurasian collard dove, laughing dove, Indian silverbill eagle, etc. are some of the unique birds found here.
Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary at Solapur is known for housing the Great Indian Bustard. Earlier, they were common in the many parts of Maharashtra. The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is one of the interesting wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra which you should visit in Maharashtra.
PC: Dr. Raju Kasambe
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is around the basin of Koyna River. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. Today, it forms a part of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Chadoli National Park. The picturesque landscapes and rich wildlife makes it worth a visit.
PC: Rakesh Kumar Dogra
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush green reserve with many species of animals. It is situated between Bhandara and Gondia districts. Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is named after a Shiva Temple in the vicinity.
PC: Mahendra Bhojram Raut
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a small sanctuary located in the outskirts of Mumbai. It serves as hangout spot for nature lovers as well as bird lovers. Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located at Panvel around 50km from Mumbai.