The sanctuaries and national parks in Maharashtra are quite a few, making it a popular tourist destination for wildlife lovers, photographers and bird watchers. The Kalasubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra is located at the Ahmednagar district of Maharshtra. The Kalasubai Harishchandragad Wildlife sanctuary spreads from Kalasubai to Harischandragad in Akole Tehsil of Ahmadnagar district. It is part of the Sahyadri hill ranges. The Kalasubai peak 5550 ft high is situated nearby and gives the name to the sanctuary. The Kalasubai peak is a hotspot for climbers and trekkers.
Kalasubai- Legend and Nomenclature:
Legend has it, that in the ancient times, a lady named "Kalsu" came to nearby Indorey village to work. However, having faced indignation at the hands of her employers, she left the place and eventually died at this spot. Therefore, the name Kalasubai. A small temple is built here, in her memory
Kalasubai Wildlife Sanctuary Flora and Fauna:
Vegetation :- mostly southern moist mixed deciduous. The part of Sahyadri close to West Coast is semi evergreen forest and semi deciduous shrub savanna.
Wildlife (mammals) :- Leopard, Jungle cat, Palm civet, Mongoose, Hyena, Wolf, Jackal, Fox, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Sambar, Hare, and Bats etc. The most attractive animals are Indian Giant Squirrel and Porcupine.
Reptiles :- Monitor Lizard, Fan-Throated Lizard, Turtles and many species of snakes.
Birds :- Hill and grass land birds, White Necked Storks, Black Ibis, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Water hen's, etc.
How to Reach:
By Air :- the airports nearest to Kalasubai Wildlife Sanctuary are located in Pune and Mumbai. Mumbai is connected by air to all major cities in and outside the country.
By Rail :- the nearest railway station to the Kalasubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary is Ghoti on the Mumbai-Bhusaval rail line and is on the Mumbai Agra National Highway No - 3.
By Road :- the nearest bus station to the sanctuary is at Bhandardara.
Best Time to Visit:
August to December
There are numerous accommodations facilities available in the nearby towns/cities. The options vary from irrigation bungalows, MTDC resorts to private hotels.
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