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Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Maharashtra

Main Wildlife Attractions: leopard, panther,sambhar, spotted deer, cheetal

Coverage Area: 351.16 sq.kms

Established: 1958

Best Time to Visit:August to February

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Located at the southern end of the Sahyadri sub cluster of the Western Ghats, the sanctuary lies between the catchment areas of the major reservoirs of Rajarshi Shahu Sagar and Laxmi Sagar in Radhanagri taluka of Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.The rivers Bhogavati, Dudhganga, Tulshi, Kallamma and Dirba flow through the sanctuary before draining out into the Krishna River - one of the major rivers of the Deccan peninsula.

Blessed with a rich and diverse flora and fauna, the Radhanagri Sanctuary is one of the main attractions for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Maharashtra. Covered by Rocky Mountains and dense forests, the sanctuary offers the exciting opportunity of watching numerous wild animals as they roam about in their natural habitat.

The varied and diverse flora at Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra chiefly comprises southern semi evergreen forests, southern moist mixed deciduous forests, and southern evergreen forests. The density of the forest crop found in the area varies from 0.4 to 0.9. The commonly found plant species include Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba, etc.

The highlight of Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra is the Indian Bison, which is the tallest and most magnificent of living wild oxen species. While at the sanctuary, you can commonly spot bull and calf running with its mother, or a large herd of bison grazing in the forests. These sights are a treat to the eyes and they surely let you feel ensconced in the surreal magic of nature.

Some other animals encountered on visit to Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur Maharashtra include Leopard, Sloth bear, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Wild Dogs, Wild Deer, Chital and several other rare species.

How to Reach Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary

By Air - the nearest airport is at Belgaum.

By Rail - The nearest railhead to the sanctuary is Kolhapur on South Central railway.

By Road - Dajipur is well connected by roadways with major districts in Maharashtra. Mumbai - Dajipur (490 km); Kolhapur - Dajipur (80 km); Radhanagari - Dajipur (30 km); Phonda - Dajipur (20 km)