Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is an area protected in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is on the borders of three Tehsils of Sangli District: Kadegaon, Walva and Palus. This wildlife sanctuary is man-made; it is developed artificially without a continued provision of water, and the vast majority of the wildlife species were introduced artificially. It has a space of 10.87 KM² in total.
You assume that any wildlife sanctuary must have a natural flora landscape.
However, there is a sanctuary in the Sangli district that is artificial in the sense that it was created by man – the efforts of a freedom fighter and environmental activist whose efforts over the years have made the Sagareshwar Sanctuary a delightful place to visit and enjoy nature beauty. And the increasing numbers of a wide variety of fauna have only added to the tourist value over the years to the sanctuary. one of the most popular activities is hiking to the top of the hill in the sanctuary to see the Krishna River flowing through sugarcane and grapevine fields.
The Sagareshwar Sanctuary is located near the village of Devrashtre.
It is an artificially cultivated forest without a perennial supply of water, and it was created by D. M. Mohite, a well-known freedom fighter and ‘vrikshamitra' (friend of trees), who began working on transforming the landscape in 1975 .Due to his vision many of the trees here were planted and nurtured by him. The sanctuary is now forested, but the hill slopes are grassy. The forest is a mix of deciduous and southern thorn trees, and the dry deciduous species have thrived thanks to protection from grazing and forest fires. Tamarind, Neem, Nilgiri, Acacia, Agave, and Khair are among the plants introduced here by the local forest department.
The sanctuary, which covers an area of 10.87 square kilometres, is a popular tourist destination. Not only does it have 30-40 tree species, but it also has a diverse fauna, including antelope, hyena, wolf, fox, rabbit, wild cat, and so on. Peacocks can also be found in large numbers. There are also a lot of insects, birds, monkey,deer and reptiles like pythons.
Sagareshwar is about 191 kilometres from Pune and 380 kilometres from Mumbai, and is located off the NH-4, or Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway. It is 45 kilometres from Sangli, and Karad is the nearest city. Takari is a small village on the Karad-Sangli route. Takari can be reached by car or train.Sangli and Miraj railway stations are the final stops for all mail, express, and superfast trains. Local passenger trains and a few express trains stop at Kirloskarvadi and Takari, and most people walk from Takari to Sagareshwar. You could also take an autorickshaw.
Sangli district, Maharashtra, India.Sangli district, Maharashtra, India.
The sanctuary gets its name from an ancient renowned Sagareshwar Shiva temple that attracts countless devotees. It comprises a huge sanctuary and a complex of 51 small temples, all from the Satvahana time frame. Originally, Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a forest park. In 1980, it became Sagaroba game reserve, and later in 1985, it became Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary when approximately 52 animals were set free in the area.
The animals found in the sanctuary include several types of deer (Sambar Deer, Blackbucks, Muntjac, Chital), wild boars and peacocks. Small carnivores like a hyena, fox, and porcupines too are seen in the area. The Sagareshwar sanctuary has been considered important from the religious, cultural, and archaeological perspective as it houses various temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is one more temple called Kamal Bhairao or Kal Bhairao, situated along a precarious bluff.
The Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions of Sangli, situated at a distance of 47 KM from the city. It is a man-made sanctuary, built under a planned afforestation programme; and involves the local population of the three tehsils of Sangli District. This sanctuary covers total area of 10.87 sq KM and mostly comprises forest areas with grassy hill slopes. It is home to a total of 52 species of fauna, which includes animals like wild goats, wild cows, rabbits, deer, jackals, peacocks, blackbucks, cheetal, sambar, hyenas, foxes, barking deer and porcupines. It also has many species of insects, reptiles and birds.
The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.
Things to do
Karnala is known for trekking, bird watching and good family picnics within a one day schedule. Karnala is a paradise for bird watchers. One can also visit the Nature Interpretation Centre and trek down to the famous Karnala Fort located amidst sanctuary. Plenty of resorts with amusement activities are available in this zone, which can be explored for some fun and adventure.
Nearest tourist places
Nearby places to visit Karnala sanctuary
1. Kalavantin Durg (27 KM).
2. Irshalgad Fort (33 KM)
3. Matheran (60 KM)
4. Prabalgad Fort (27 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel
There are no restaurants inside the Karnala Sanctuary, however, being on the national highway many restaurants and dhabas are available to choose from. The restaurants are known for serving seafood and local Agri styled food. These restaurants also serve other cuisines including Chinese, South Indian, North Indian etc.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Karnala is surrounded by facilities for accommodation like lodges, hotels and resorts, etc. It also has a good primary health clinic and hospitalization services in proximity. Panvel Police station is the nearest police station.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
The forest department rules must be followed as this is a sanctuary. Visitors are not allowed to linger after sunset. September to March is the best season to visit.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi .