World Wildlife Day: Know about THESE 6 diverse fauna habitats near Mumbai

World Wildlife Day: Know about THESE 6 diverse fauna habitats near Mumbai

This weekend lets explore Maharashtra's wilderness!

On March 3rd, as we celebrate World Wildlife Day, let's venture into Maharashtra's wilderness while embracing the 2024 theme - 'Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation'.

Join us here, as we explore 6 diverse habitats and rich biodiversity of Maharashtra, celebrating the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

1. Bhimshankara Wildlife Sanctuary

The captivating Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, situated a mere 240 km from Mumbai, beckons with its lush greenery, abundant biodiversity, and stunning waterfalls. It serves as a perfect wildlife weekend retreat, where you can wander amidst ancient temples, hike through trails of differing challenges, and venture into the wilderness to uncover the concealed sacred groves nestled amidst the verdant foliage.

Timings- 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Entry Fee- Free

2. Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary

Located a mere 155 km from Mumbai, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly a hunting reserve during Siddhi Nawab's rule, now expands over 52 square kilometres as a thriving sanctuary filled with biodiversity. Explorers can encounter diverse flora and fauna amidst its deciduous canopy, including reptiles, mammals, and avian species. Notably, it boasts over 90 butterfly varieties, a rare treat in Maharashtra, with the tranquil Kashid Beach nearby.

Timings- 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Entry Fee- For adults- ₹60 | For child- ₹30

3. Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, seated 227 km from Mumbai, calls for a rendezvous with nature. Spread over a mere 5 sq. km, this sanctuary hosts a surprising array of mammals and avian species, including the elusive Indian Wolf and majestic Bonelli's Eagle. While it's the country's smallest wildlife sanctuary, it promises an adventure best explored via thrilling jeep safaris.

Timings- 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Entry Fee- ₹50

4. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated just 250 km from Mumbai, Koyna emerges as a natural marvel, boasting the esteemed status of a World Heritage Site. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary invites you to embark on a safari adventure, delving into its lush landscapes adorned with rare plants, avian wonders, and indigenous wildlife. Recognised as part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Koyna's verdant evergreen forests serve as a vital transition zone between the Deccan plateau and the Konkan region, promising an immersive journey through nature's bounty.

Timings- 9:30 AM- 8:00 PM

Entry Free- ₹20

5. Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary

Nestled 275 km from Mumbai, the 43-year-old Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary lures you with the promise of sighting graceful Blackbucks. Here, patience is key as you wait behind the forest trees, hoping for a glimpse of these elusive creatures. Spanning 2.17 square km, this sanctuary is a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers eager to spot rare wildlife like Chinkaras, Wolves, and Indian Foxes.

Timings- 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Entry Fee- ₹200

6. Silvassa

Situated 168 km away from Mumbai, Silvassa beckons you to discover its myriad attractions. Wander through its picturesque landscapes and immerse yourself in the vibrant Portuguese legacy. Explore diverse wildlife at the sanctuary, inhabited by species such as Satmalia, Nilgai, and Blackbucks. Round off your trip with a visit to Kauncha Village, surrounded by forests and boasting breathtaking views of the Western Ghats.

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