Wildlife of Maharashtra
Rich in natural beauty, Maharashtra is
a paradise for nature lovers. There are many wildlife sanctuaries and
wildlife parks within the state, having a wide range of vegetation.
Wildlife parks are the home to a number of animals and birds including
Tiger, Crocodile, Bison, Gawa, Neelgai, Wild deer, Sambar and rare
These wildlife parks are equipped with jeep rides, night safaris,
comfortable accommodation and efficient transport. They offer an
outstanding opportunity to view animals in their natural habitat.
Apart from the existing wildlife sanctuaries, steps are taken by the
state government to set up many new sanctuaries and parks.
Mahim Nature Park
The Mahim Nature Park is situated near Dharavi, Asia's largest slum.
The park is sprawled over an area of 450 acres, established with an
aim to preserve the natural beauty and estuarine ecosystem of the
region. The streams of the park allow the bird and marine life to
flourish and the saline marsh land shaded by the Mangroves provide
home to a number of animals.
The Mahim Nature Park is an educational park set up by Shanta
Chatterji, a busy corporate lawyer and the chairperson of World
Wildlife Fund (WWF).
¤ Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The Karnala bird sanctuary is situated near Mumbai on a highpoint. It
is a favorite weekend destination for the people who love
birdwatching. Here you can spot birds like sunbirds, drongoes, orioles
and babblers. Apart from these, you can also see colorful local birds
along with occasional male paradise flycatcher having an unusual
One can also see troops of monkeys and herds of deer in the
sanctuary. Panther is also found here but they are rarely seen. The
MTDC provides proper accommodation facilities for a nice stay over
¤ Melghat Tiger Reserve
The Melghat Tiger Reserve is situated in the beautiful Satpura
ranges. It is located in the Tehsil of Amravati district of
Maharashtra. Animals found here are Tiger, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wild
Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Nilgai, Barking Deer, four-horned antelope and wild
boar. Besides, there are 113 species of birds found here. The reserve
has a rich vegetation that is worth watching. The MTDC organizes
exciting Vidharba jungle safari, which takes you through Navegaon,
Nagzira and Ramtak.
¤ Borivili Widlife Park
The Borivili Wildlife Park is sprawled over an area of 104 sq. km and
is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities. This park is a
popular place among the picnickers, nature, bird and wildlife lovers.
This park looks picturesque with fresh streams, lush greenery and
flowering silk cotton trees.
The mini train of the park will take you around the enchanting park.
There is also a lake with beautiful lotus flowers on the Dahisar
River, where you can enjoy boating.
¤ Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is sprawled over an area of 100 sq km. Rich in flora
and fauna, the park has a wide range of wildlife including animals
like leopards, sambars, barking deers, wild boars, Hanuman langurs and
Rhesus macaques. The sanctuary is flanked by Jyotivanti trees, which
glow in the dark during monsoon. They add to the appeal of the mist
laden chilly atmosphere. The park also has many temples and forts in
the nearby areas, which are worth visiting.