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Chandoli National Park complete detail – updated

Chandoli National Park complete detail – updated. Geography of Chandoli National Park. Dominant flora and fauna of Chandoli National Park. How to Reach Chandoli National Park. 
Total area of the park is 317.67 Km2. The park has been declared as a National Park in the year of 2004. The park receives its water supply from the Warna river and reservoir as well as several other small streams and rivers. 
Flat topped mountains, rocky, lateritic plateaus called ‘Saddas’, almost devoid of vegetation, large boulders and caves are distinctive to the protected areas in the Sahyadri region of the Western Ghats. Camping and trekking are the major adventure in the core of the Chandoli forest.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.

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Chandoli National Park

Chandoli National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, and Ratnagiri districts of the state of Maharashtra.

The park spreads along the crest of the Sahyadri Range of the northern Western Ghats. It forms and protects many perennial water channels, water holes and the Vasant Sagar Reservoir.

It was declared as a National Park in the year of 2004. Total area of the park is 317.67 Km2. Chandoli National Park was initially declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year of 1985.

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, including all of Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared by The National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Project Tiger, Tiger Reserve on May 21, 2007.

The diversified vegetation found here makes it as an ideal habitat for different species of mammals, reptiles and birds. The park has been declared a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO.

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The Chandoli National Park in Maharashtra is a major stop in the itinerary of Maharashtra wildlife tours.

Scenic places like Kandhardoh and Kandhardoh Falls, Tanali falls, Chandoli Dam and Vasant Sagar Reservoir, Kokna darshan, Zolambi sada and the forest of Rundiv add to the recreation value.

The historical places of the park include the 17th century Prachitgad and Bhairavgad forts of the Maratha kings Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj, ruins of the Bhavani temples, Palatial buildings in Prachitigad and Kalavantinwhich which all depict the ancient glory of the Maratha Empire.

Most of the protected area was used as an open jail for the ‘prisoners of war’ of the early Imperial Maratha Conquests during Shivaji Maharaj’s rule.

The sprawling vegetation in the national park makes it an ideal habitat for a wide species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

A number of conservation programs are being taken to conserve the flora and fauna in Chandoli National Park. The local tourist department, the government as well as various wildlife agencies undertake conservation works.

The wildlife include Tigers, Gaurs, Deer, Leopard cats, Panthers, Sloth bears, Barking deer, Mouse deer etc. Around 123 species of birds are also found in the forest.

The park receives its water supply from the Warna river and reservoir as well as several other small streams and rivers. Flat topped mountains, rocky, lateritic plateaus called ‘Saddas’, almost devoid of vegetation, large boulders and caves are distinctive to the protected areas in the Sahyadri region of the Western Ghats. Camping and trekking are the major adventure in the core of the Chandoli forest.

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History

The Park which is now a ‘protected area’ was once an open jail of the Imperial Marathas and all prisoners during the conquest of Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji’s son Sambhaji Maharaj used Prachitgad as an observation post and it was also his recreational center.

Chandoli National Park was initially declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year of 1985. It was declared as a National Park in the year of 2004. Total area of the park is 317.67 Km2.

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, including all of Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared by The National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Project Tiger, Tiger Reserve on May 21, 2007.

Geography

Chandoli National Park is located in the Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, and Ratnagiri districts of the state of Maharashtra.

The park spreads along the crest of the Sahyadri Range of the northern Western Ghats. It forms and protects many perennial water channels, water holes and the Vasant Sagar Reservoir.

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, including all of Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared by The National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Project Tiger, Tiger Reserve.

The park receives its water supply from the Warna River and reservoir as well as several other small streams and rivers. There are many streams and the major river that flows through the Park is Warna River.

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Flat topped mountains, rocky, lateritic plateaus called ‘Saddas’, almost devoid of vegetation, large boulders and caves are distinctive to the protected areas in the Sahyadri region of the Western Ghats.

This National Park has the natural protection by the way of ridge formed by the Sahyadri, the Western Ghats. It is situated at Deccan Peninsular Central —–Division.

The height of Chandoli National Park is 1900 to 3300 ft. from Sea- Level. The height of Sahyadri Mountain range is about 2100 to 4300 ft. approximately.

Elevation of the park ranges from 589–1,044 metres above mean sea level.

Longitudes 73°40′ and 73°53′ E

Latitudes 17°03′ and 17°20’N

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Dominant flora

Trees – Anjani ironwood tree, Jamun, Pisa, Fig, Olea, Spinous kino tree, Nana, Kinjal, Kokum tree, Phanasi false kelat, Asan wood, Amla, Devil fig, Harra, False kelat, Indian laurel, Gooseberry, Devil fig etc.

Grasses – Bangal, Dongari, Black spear grass, Kalikusli, Anjan grass, Grader grass, Saphet-kusli, Bluestem grass, Golden beard grass, Tangle grass, Buffalo grass, kangaroo grass etc.

Medicinal plants and Shrubs – Karvand, Ranmiri, Tamalpati, Toran, Kadipatta, Narkya etc.

Dominant fauna

MammalsTiger, Gaur, Panther, Sloth bear, Sambar, Barking deer, Giant Indian squirrel, Leopard cat, Mouse deer, Blackbucks etc.

Reptiles – Calotes, Bark Gecko, Dwarf Gecko, Rock Gecko, Crocodile, Common Indian Monitor, Skink Snake, Common Cat Snake, Indian Python, Dhamen, Indian Cobra etc.

Birds – Jungle Babbler, Common Babbler, Yellow-billed Babbler, Rufous Babbler, White-checked Barbet, Green Bee-eater, Erasion Black bird, Red-vented Bulbul, Crested Bunting, White-eyed Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Common Stonechat, Laughing Dove, White-billed Drongo, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Pale-billed Flowerpecker, White-browed Fantail, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Black-throated Munia, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Rock Pigeon, Indian Peafowl, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Warblers etc.

Other Attractions

Kandhardoh and Kandhardoh Falls

Tanali falls

Chandoli Dam

Vasant Sagar Reservoir

Kokna darshan

Zolambi sada

Historical Places

Prachitgad and Bhairavgad forts

Bhavani temples

Palatial buildings in Prachitigad and Kalavantinwhich

Nearby attractions

Kamatipura

Ganesh Temple

Sangli Miraj Musical Instrument Industry

Sagareshwar Wild Life Sanctuary

Dandoba Wild Life Sanctuary

Krishna Valley Wine Park

Audumber Temple

Ramling Temple

Bijapur

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Best time to visit

The best time of the year to visit the Chandoli National Park is between the months of October to February.

How to Reach

By AirNearest airport is Kolhapur airport, about 80 Km from the Chandoli National Park. Kolhapur airport is well connected by road network to Chandoli National Park.

By Rail Nearest railway station is Sangli railway station, about 75 Km from the Chandoli National Park. There are other railway stations at Miraj (83 km), Kolhapur (80 km) and Karad (47 km). These railway stations are well connected by road network to Chandoli National Park.

By Road Chandoli National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Chandoli National Park k at frequent intervals.

Distance from Nearby and Major Cities

Mumbai – About 380 Km
Pune – About 210 Km
Sangli – – About 75 Km
Kolhapur – About 80 Km
Bangalore – About 720 Km
Uran Islampur – About 35 Km
Karad – About 55 Km
Sangmeshwar – About 40 Km
Peth Vadgaon – About 60 Km

Accommodations

Accommodation can be reserved at the Irrigation Rest House, which has 4 suites, including 1 VIP suite and a dormitory for 16 persons.

Booking contact – Ex. Engineer, Irrigation Department at Mandur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, 416 002

Deputy Conservator of Forests/Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur

Maharashtra, 416 002 Phone: 00-91-231-2542766

There are hotels like Hotel Panorama, Summer Plaza Resortand Prospect Hotel near Chandoli National Park

Hotel International – Located near Shivaji Park, the hotel has modern amenities and credit cards are accepted. Room tariffs range between Rs.1000 to Rs.1500.

Hotel Pearl – Also near Shivaji Park has a tariff ranging between Rs.1500 and Rs.2500. It has modern amenities. Credit cards are accepted Email: hotelpearl@hotmail.com

Hotel Radha Swami – On Station road has air conditioned rooms and the tariff ranges from Rs.600 to Rs.2000.

Hotel Shalini Palace – Located near Kankala Lake has a tariff of Rs.2500 onwards. There are modern amenities and credit cards are accepted.

Hotel Maharaja – opposite the bus stand has modern amenities. Credit cards are accepted. Tariff rates are not given.

Official ContactWebsitewww.mahaforest.nic.in  Phone No. – 2345226318

Other National Parks in Maharashtra. Name of National Parks, Year of Notification and Total Area is as follows…….
S. No. Name of National Park Year of Notification Total Area (km²)
1 Gugamal National Park Maharashtra 1975 361.28
2 Navegaon National Park Maharashtra 1975 133.88
3 Sanjay Gandhi  (Borivilli) National Park Maharashtra 1983 86.96
4 Tadoba National Park Maharashtra 1955 116.55
5 Pench National Park Maharashtra 1975 257.26

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  1. Pritam Khirwale

    Dear Sir

    We are group of 12 people planning to visit Chandoli Wild life century on 17-18 july so please send details.

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