Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary – A Natural World Heritage Site

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is the first wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra established in 1958 as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary. It was the the private shooting area of the erstwhile Maharaja of the princely state of Kolhapur. It’s also known as Bison Sanctuary, as Indian bison alias Gaur (Bos gaurus) numbering around 1091 were seen here as per 2014 count . It is situated at the southern end of the Sahyadri hills, the Western Ghats. Its a natural World Heritage Site notified by UNESCO as Sahyadri sub cluster of Western Ghats. for category ix and x.

Malabar Grey Hornbill at Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
Malabar Grey Hornbill at Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary

Tributaries of Krishna River; Bhogavati River, Dirba River, Dudhganga River, Kallamma River and Tulshi River, flows through this wildlife sanctuary. Maharastra State Highway number 116 passes through the center of this wildlife sanctuary. This wildlife park is spread over an area of 351.16 square kilometers.

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is having backwaters with side roads, where one can go for bike riding. Rautwadi waterfalls is situated at around 55 kilometers from Kolapur. Radhanagari Dam over Bhogawati river is situated in this sanctuary. Trekking is very popular in this sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary?

Radhanagari Sanctuary is situated at around 45 kilometers from Kolhapur railway station. There are regular buses from Kolhapur to the wildlife sanctuary.

The nearest airport to the wildlife sanctuary is situated at Pune. The distance is around 300 kilometers.

Accommodation Near Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary alias Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest department maintains a rest house called “Dak Bungalow”. There is also a dormitory here owned by the state forest department.

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