Maharastra is a galore of tourist spots. With a huge number of holiday destinations, it provides a complete entertainment package to any traveler. It has a number of wildlife attractions. Phansad wildlife sanctuary is one of them. The rich biodiversity of the area maintains the ecological balance in the nature. If you are in Maharashtra and don't visit the sanctuary, you are going to miss the real fun and excitement.
The sanctuary is also remarkable for the pristine natural beauty. The scenic beauty of the hills and lush green surroundings make the place ideal for a holiday destination.
The sanctuary is imbued with historical significance. The forest area including the sanctuary was the hunting place of the erstwhile Siddhi Nawab of the Janjira state. Siddhi Nawab has taken successful initiative to construct roads and water bodies; steps were taken to evacuate many villages from and around the sanctuary.
Area and location:
The sanctuary encompasses an area of 53 sq km. It is located in the Murud and Roha Talukas of Raigad District, located in the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. It is nestled between the northern Sahyadri range and the western coast of India.
Flora and Fauna:
Phansad wildlife sanctuary has a wide number of floral and faunal species. It is characterized by the coastal woodland system. Different species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects are found here. Sambar, Barking Deer, Panther, Wild Boar, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Bonnet Macaque, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Palm Civet, etc. are the main wild animals.
148 species of birds are recorded here. Pied hornbill, the Black Eagle, Malkoha, the Forest Wagtail, Pitta, the Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Three toed Kingfisher, the Pompadour Green Pigeon, the Brahmini Kite, the Spotted Owlet, the Golden Oriole, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, the Iora, the Plum-headed Parakeet, etc. are the winged creatures.
The sanctuary also houses some beautiful butterflies like Blue Mormon, Common Map, Black Prince, etc. You will find many snakes that include both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. The number of Giant Indian Squirrels, which was once the pride of the sanctuary, has reduced in the recent years.
The floral diversity of the park will allure you. Around 710 species of plants have been identified here and Ficus, Ain, Jamba, Teak, Hirda, Kinjal, Mango, etc. are the attractive plant species. 21 species of endemic plants like Clitoria Biflora, Ramphicapa Longifolia, Balevia Gibsoni and many other medicinal plant species are also found here.
Many botanists and environmentalists visit the sanctuary for their researches and projects.
Where to stay?
There are many hotels in Raigadh; you can also go for MTDC Resort.
When to visit?
The best time to visit this sanctuary is from October to April.
Roha is the nearest railway station. It is at a distance of 30 km on the Konkan railway route.
Mumbai is the nearest airport which is connected to major destinations in the country and international destinations.
Alibag is the nearest placethat is only 50 km from the sanctuary. It is 152 km from Mumbai via Panvel and Alibag. If you take a car, it will take only 4 hrs to reach the sanctuary.
Other places to look for:
When you are in Raigad, you cannot miss Raigad fort. This fort is 2700 ft high above the sea level and is worth a visit.
The forests and hilly terrains in Raigad will enthrall you. One of the best ways to experience all these is to tour Phansad wildlife sanctuary.