Maharashtra is home to a large number of animals and bird species,
including the tiger, Crocodile, Bison, Gawa, Neelgai, Wild Deer, Sambar
and rare migratory birds. The state has taken adequate steps towards
setting up many wildlife parks and sanctuaries to protect these regions
and promote them as tourist attractions. The parks offer splendid
opportunities to see a variety of wildlife in a spectacularly natural
setting. Modern amenities such as jeep rides, night safaris, comfortable
accommodation and efficient transport are also available at a nominal
Melghat Tiger Reserve
This Reserve is in the enchanting sylvan beauty of the woodlands and
greenery of Melghat, in the Amravati district, roams the tiger, and it
is here that a greater part of Project Tiger is being implemented. In
the heart of the luxuriant teak forests of Dhakna-Kolkaz is the Melghat
Tiger Reserve, where Panthers, Bison, Sambar, Chital and the Flying
Squirrel are familiar sights.
Wild Life Sanctuary
Another wildlife sanctuary which is known for its verdant hills and
dales, where the fauna offers a mesmerising blaze of colours, is the
Nagzira Wild Life Sanctuary. Ambling around in these idyllic environs is
the sloth bear, tiger four horned antelope, the Bluebull, Chital,
Barking Deer, Bison and the Panther. Besides these sanctuaries are alive
with the Chirruping of the colourful and varied birds.
The Navegaon Forest Resort
Navegaon, a popular forest resort in the Vidarbha region, was built in
the 18th century. The picturesque lake set amidst lush green hills at
Navegaon has a watch-tower beside it, from which visitors may find a
bird's eye view of the surrounding forest and its abundant wildlife.
Best known for the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Navegaon is home to
almost 60 per cent of the bird species found in the entire state. Every
winter, flocks of migratory birds visit the region. Visitors can join
the Jungle Safari and have a stroll to see the Sambar, Chital and
Langurs. Staying in a unique tree-top house and riding a power or sail
boat on the lake, are thrilling pastimes.
The Dajipur Bison Sanctuary
The jungle resort of Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur
and Sindhudurg districts, near the backwaters of the Radhanagari dam.
Surrounded by rugged mountains and dense forests, this secluded area is
completely cut-off from human habitation. A home to bison, wild Deers,
Chital, Gawa and many more spectacular wild animals and birds, Dajipur
is an exciting and beautiful holiday getaway. An excursion to the nearby
Gagangiri Maharaj's Math makes for a pleasant outing.
The Tadoba National Park
This is a large park spread over many acres of lush green forested
land. Situated 45 kms from Chandrapur, Tadoba is an extremely beautiful
jungle of mixed teak forests around a tranquil lake. The Tadoba National
Park has migratory ducks visiting its lake, and also swarms with
crocodiles. The rest houses are ideal for nature lovers as it commands a
lovely view of the lake and the distant green hills beyond. Late nights
are ideal times to see tigers, leopards, gaur, nilgai, sambar and
chital. The park has facilities for tourists to stay overnight.
There are many more types of birds than animals in
like the bulbul, shama, cuckoo, parakeet, drongoes, Wagtails
Flycatchers, Purple Sunbirds, Grey Jungle Fowl, the great Indian bustard
and above all the beautiful peacock. The great indian bustard which is
an endangered species, is an ostrich-like bird, found in the Ahmednagar
and Sholapur districts. It is known for its royal gait and is a fast
runner. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a must for ornithologists and so
is the Karnala Bird Sanctuary which is the home of winged birds like the