Chandoli National Park


Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra is one of the popular national parks in India. It is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra and is surrounded by the Kolhapur District, Satara District, Sangli District and Ratnagiri District. Plenty of tourists and nature lovers visit the Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra.

The Chandoli National Park in Maharashtra is a major stop in the itinerary of Maharashtra wildlife tours. The ideal time for making trips to the national park is in the spring season when tress and flowers in the forest is at full bloom. The sprawling vegetation in the national park 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.

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 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.

Plenty of bird watching trips are also undertaken to the Chandoli National Park in Maharashtra. Around 123 species of birds are found in the forest. The best time for making bird watching trips is in the spring season when the birds can be commonly sighted.

The Chandoli National Park is also well accessible. There are wildlife resorts and lodges where one can stay. There are also provisions for camping in the forest.

In and Around

Bird Watching
Bird watching trips are organized in the park during the spring season when a lot of birds are sighted in the park. Trekkers can walk 2 to 3 days to reach Fort Prachitgad, which is in the forest. This trail is only for those who love extreme adventure. There are places for camping within the park. People in the area speak Marathi, Hindi and a few speak English.

Shivaji’s forts
The 17th century forts of Prachitgad and Bhairavgad were used by the great Maratha king, Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj

Bhavani Temple
Once a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani and now in ruins. It is believed that the sword that Shivaji Maharaj used was given to him by Goddess Bhavani

There is a Fort amidst the jungle and can be reached only by trekking for 2 to 3 days. This is a 17th century fort.

Bhairavgad Fort
A 17th century fort built by Shivaji Maharaj.

Some of the places like Kalavantin Vihir, Kandhardoh Falls, Tanali Falls, Vasant Sagar Reservoir, Kokna Darshan, Zolambi Sada and forest of Rundiv, are scenic places.

Dandoba Hills Forest
At the distance of 25 mins drive from Sangli, this forest is a beautiful one, rich in wonderful flora and fauna. The Dandoba Hills have beautiful ancient temples and hence this place is loved by all the visitors and they find this place perfect for trekking as well as long hikes.

Shree Ganesh Temple
The Ganesh temple in Sangli is a popular temple and it is visited and worshipped by hundreds of devotees every day. It is Kuldaivat of more than half of the population of Sangli. There are other smaller temples as well named as Suryanarayan, Cintamanesvar, Laxmi- Narayan and Cinta- Manesvari.

Gokak Falls, Sangli
Located on the Ghataprabha river, in Belgaum district of Karnataka, India; the Gokak falls is a very beautiful waterfall in Sangli and it is 6 kilometers away from the main Gokak. The place is very beautiful and loved by all the visitors.

Khwaja Meerasaheb Darga
The Darga of Samsuddin Meerasaheb is a famous place and is visited by many tourists every year. The Darga has a huge compound around it that encloses a huge open ground. There is a huge main entrance and other smaller gates are also available.

Battis Shirala
Battis Shirala is a famous and annual Nag Panchami i.e Snake festival that gets celebrated every year and is attended by hundreds of people. Before some days of festival, the villagers go for snake hunting and before catching the snakes, villagers take permission from the Goddess Amba Bai by keeping a flower on her head. It is believed that if the flowers falls on the left side then the family asking for permission, is not allowed to catch a snake that year. On the day of festival, the snakes are displayed in a large proportion and the snakes are released at the same place from where they were caught.

Best Time

October to February months are the tourist season for the Chandoli National Park. June to September is the rainy season during which visitors are not allowed to get here.

How to Reach

By Air
Kolhapur and Pune are the major and nearest airports to the Chandoli National Park. Not that major, but the most nearest airport is Urun Islampur airport which is at a distance of 30 kms from the national park. The closest international airport near Chandoli is at Mumbai.

By Rail
Sangli is the nearest railway station which is at a distance of about 75 kms from the Chandoli National Park. There are other railway stations available as well; that include; Miraj at 83 kms, Kolhapur at 80 kms and Karad at 47 kms.

By Road
Travelling by road is by NH4 Highway and you may opt for private cars and Government buses that run in between the various cities around the park. The Chandoli National Park is located at a distance of 380 kms from the Mumbai city and 210 kms from the Pune city.

Stay / Eat

Where to Stay
Irrigation Rest House
There are 4 suites which includes a VIP suite, and a dormitory offering accommodation for 16 persons.

Chiplun, a town about 30 kms. from the park also has a few hotels.

Hotel accommodation is otherwise available only in Kolhapur.

Hotel International
Near Shivaji Park

Hotel Pearl
Near Shivaji Park

Hotel Radha Swami
On Station road

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