SAHAYADRI TIGER RESERVE

 

The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is located in the Sahyadri Ranges of the western ghats of maharashtra.

These ranges form a common boundary between Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. These areas constitute rich evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. It is the first tiger reserve of western maharashtra and 4th tiger reserve of maharashtra state spreading over two protected areas those of the koyana sanctuary and chandoli national park of 741.22 sq. kms. and adjoining area in the landscape 424.34 sq. kms. total of 1165.56 sq. kms. The area is spread over 4 districts namely, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri.

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is the only place where climax and near-climax vegetation is plentiful and prospects of adverse anthropogenic influence in the future are minimal. The area is bestowed with several biogeographical peculiarities. climax evergreen formations of higher elevations have been wiped out or highly degraded everywhere in Western Maharastra except in tiger reserve area, where this type still occupies substance area. Another unique feature is the presence of the tree giants- Harpulia arborea, Scolopia crenata and Turpinia malabarica.These trees have so far not been recorded from anywhere presumably boasts a sizeable population of subspecies. The area is relatively undisturbed as compared to other regions in western Maharastra giving refuge to species facing local extinction like Canarium strictum, Dimocarpus longan. Elaecarpus tectorius etc. amongst plants, like Sloth bear, Tiger, Wild dog etc., amongst notable mammals, Malabar pit viper amongst snakes. As far as total number of species, moist zone species, species endemic to Western Ghats Hill comples and regionally threatened species are concerned, Sahyadri Tiger Reserve ranks only next to Amboli-Sawantwadi and Radhanagari.

 

CHANDOLI NATIONAL PARK

Chandoli National Park is an 317.67 km2 (122.65 sq mi) National Park in Sangli District Maharashtra state, India, established in May 2004, Earlier it was a Wildlife Sanctuary declared in 1985. Chandoli Park is notable as the southern portion of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, with Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary forming the northern part of the reserve.

The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve was then estimated to have nine tigers and 66 leopards. Chandoli National Park is located near the Chandoli Dam between longitudes 73°40' and 73°53' E and latitudes 17°03' and 17°20'N near Sangli in Western Maharashtra. It is located at the junction of Sangli District, Kolhapur District, Satara District and Ratnagiri District. It lies between the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary and forms the southern part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.

The historical places of the park include the 17th century Shivaji's Forts, Prachitgad and Bhairavgad, of the Maratha kings Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj. Ruins of the Bhavani temples palatial buildings in Prachitigad and Kalavantin vihir depict the ancient glory of the Maratha Empire. Most of the protected area was used an open jail for the "prisoners of war" of the early Imperial Maratha Conquests during Shivaji Maharaj's rule. Sambhaji Maharaj used Prachitgad as an observation point and recreational place.

The park spreads along the crest of the Sahyadri Range of the northern Western Ghats. It forms and protects many perennial water channels, water holes and the Vasant Sagar Reservoir. Elevation of the park ranges from 589–1,044 m (1,932–3,425 ft). The park receives its water supply from the Warna river and reservoir as well as several other small streams and rivers. Flat topped mountains, rocky, lateritic plateaus called 'Saddas', almost devoid of vegetation, large boulders and caves are distinctive to the protected areas in the Sahyadri region of the Western Ghats.

How to Reach :
Distance to Chandoli
Mumbai - 380 km (240 mi)
Pune - 210 km (130 mi)
Sangli - 75 km (47 mi)
Kolhapur - 80 km (50 mi)
Bangalore - 720 km (450 mi)
Uran Islampur - 35 km (22 mi)
Karad - 55 km (34 mi)
Sangmeshwar - 40 km (25 mi)
Sangmeshwar lies on the Mumbai-Goa Highway Islampur and Karad lie on the Mumbai-Banglore national highway NH4.
Sangli is 40 km (25 mi)from NH4 (Peth Naka).

Nearest Railway Stations
Sangli - 75 km (47 mi)
Miraj rail junction - 85 km (53 mi)
Kolhapur - 80 km (50 mi)
Karad - 47 47 km (29 mi)

 

By Road
You can reach Chandoli by taking National Highway MH4. MSRTC Buses and private cars are available from Sangli and Miraj. From Mumbai/Pune - Take right turn after karad below 2nd flyove r. From Bangalore - Take left turn at Peth Naka(Sangli district). 

Best time to visit Chandoli National Park

The best time to visit me is from is October to February. I observe heavy rainfall over around 3,500 mm (140 in) in the month of June, July, August and September hence it is advisable not to visit during monsoon season.

 

CORBETT NATIONAL PARK TRIP

 

The Corbett National Park is a primal jungle as Rudyard Kipling put it. Despite extensive tourism, the park has managed to retain its primeval ambience, where man must walk timorously, in awe and with a strong sense of his own insignificance. more pictures.... 

Set up in 1936 as India's first national park and possibly the finest, the Corbett National Park was first delimited in consultation with that great hunter and conserver, Jim Corbett. The park spans across some 920.9 square km at an altitude of 600 to 1100 metres about the foothills of the western Himalayas in the districts of Nainital and Pauri Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal (formerly part of Uttar Pradesh). In its eventful 64-year life, it has grown considerably in size and now includes the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of its 1,319 sq km of reserved forest area. 

 

 

 

 

 

DURATION 3 DAYS 2 NIGHT

 

Day 01:
Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park

 

After reaching new delhi airport or railway station you will meet our representative and drive to Jim Corbett national park. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, you will have lunch and then have a few hours to relax before going on the first of three trips into the park. return to resort and enjoy evening tea, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 02 :
Safari Day

 

Wake up early to experience the surrounding forest you will go into the park in a small Suzuki jeep you can either opt for a two-hour long elephant safari. Then return back to you resort for breakfast, after noon proceed to take some team building activities like
Rock Climbing
River Crossing,
Rappelling etc
Or proceed to take jeep safari inside the Corbett national park with experience guide, return back to resort in the evening dinner & over night stay at hotel.

 

 

Day 03:

Back to Delhi

 

Wake up with a leisure Breakfast and drive to Delhi.

 

 

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