Chandoli National Park is one of the most popular national parks of Maharashtra. Chandoli National Park is situated in the western part of the state of Maharashtra in Sangli District. And covers an area of 317.67km2 and surrounded by the Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Ratnagiri District. It lies between the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary and forms the southern part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
Initially, the park was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1985 and later it secured the status of National park in the year 2004. This park has also been declared as a protected tiger reserve. The park has acquired the area of about 317.67 sq.km offering a diverse flora and fauna. This has become the major stop for wildlife enthusiasts. This may be due to the reason that it offers some of the most sprawling vegetation within the national park. This park offers some of the widest varieties of animals that range from mammals, reptiles, and birds.
The sprawling vegetation in the Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra makes it an ideal habitat for a wide species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. Various species of plants are also found in the national park.
Chandoli National Park flora and fauna
Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra is home to around 23 species of mammals and 20 species of amphibians and reptiles. Some animals that are found in the forest are tigers, gaurs, deer, leopard cats, panthers, sloth bears, barking deer, mouse deer and so on. Certain species of prey like sambar deer, barking deer, blackbuck and mouse deer are also found here.
According to the census of 2002 that was done by the Department of the forest shows the growth of the number of tigers, gaur, leopards, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bears and blackbuck. This park offers an ideal setting for bird enthusiasts. It arranges a range of bird watching tours as there are around 123 species of birds which include some of the most endangered species.
The forest types seen here are a mix of Malabar Coast moist forests and North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests. In the dwarf evergreen forests, some tree species commonly seen here are the anjani ironwood tree, jamun, pisa (angustifolia), fig, Olea (diocia), katak spinous kino tree, nana or Crape myrtle (lanceolata), kinjal, kokum treeand phanasi false kelat (brachiata).
Also, Other trees dominating the landscape include asan wood or ain or Indian laurel, amla or Indian gooseberry, umbar or devil fig (hispida) and harra or chebulic myrobalan. Insectivorous plantspecies like sundews and bladderworts sp. are also found in this protected area.
Chandoli National Park Timing and Entry Fees
Best time to visit is October to February. However, this area experiences heavy rainfall about 3500 mm during the months from June to September.
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