If there is anything that a nature lover will travel miles for, it is to spot and admire wildlife..
Interestingly. Maharashtra is home to several wonderful sanctuaries and national parks that are resplendent with the best of flora and fauna.
Each one has something to entice you, be it the breathtaking views, the wild animals, the predators or just the beauty of the vast expanse of forests…
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Located between the suburbs of Thane and Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a 104square km wide stretch of national park at a height of 400m. It is also known as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolitan limit.
The Park is hilly and densely covered with trees and is home to Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox.
Along with that, the park is home to nearly 800 varieties of flowering plants, 284 types of birds, 5,000 types of insects, 36 species of mammals, 50 kinds of reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.
Where: Borivali East, Mumbai, The nearest railway station is Borivali.
Tadoba National Park
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a Tiger Reserve located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and spread over an area of 1727 square km.
It was established in the year 1955 and is also known as Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve” is one of India’s 41 project tiger reserves existing in India. The area constitutes a unique ecosystem which is home to a large variety of flora and fauna, including diverse and rich avifauna.
Besides Tigers, Leopards, Wild dogs, Sloth bears, Gaurs, Sambar, Barking deer, Cheetal, Chausinga, Nilgai, Wild boar along with rare ones like Ratel, Flying squirrel, Pangolin and Rusty-spotted cats are also spotted in Tadoba National Park.
Where: Mul Road, Chandrapur, the nearest railway station is Chandrapur and Nagpur
Pench National Park & Tiger Reserve
Pench National Park is located on the border in Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara and spread over an area of 752 square kms.
The National Park is was established in the year 1977 and was named after the river Pench which provided large water bodies to diverse wild life.
Pench National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tiger. However, Leopards spotted in this park are considered to best in India. This is home also to other predatory animals like Dhole (Indian Wild Dog), Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, the Jungle Cat, herds of Cheetal, Sambar, Wild Boar and Gaur.
Pench National Park has more than 300 species of birds including Horn bills, Kingfisher, Barbets, Orioles, Minivets, the crested serpent eagle, crested hawk eagle Orioles, Wagtails, White eyed buzzard, and a host of Raptors.
Where: Pench National Park, Tathastu, the nearest railway station is Nagpur.
Chandoli National Park
Chandoli National Park is one of the most popular National parks in Maharashtra, located in the western parts of Maharashtra. Spread over Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli. The Chandoli national park lies between the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary and forms the southern part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
The Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra is home to around 23 species of mammals and 20 species of amphibians and reptiles.
Some animals that are found in the forest are tigers, gaurs, deer, leopard cats, panthers, sloth bears, barking deer, mouse deer and Around 123 species of birds are found in the forest.
Where: Chandoli National Park, the nearest railway station is Karad.
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