Introduction of Chandoli National Park

Chandoli National Park is the Unexplored and beautiful National Park near Kolhapur.
Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra is one of the popular national parks in India. It is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra at a junction of four Districts i.e. Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Ratnagiri District.

Plenty of tourists and nature lovers visit the Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is situated 75 km from Kolhapur city.

Warna is the main river and it originate in the sanctuary area at Patharapunj and dividing the sanctuary area in two halve i.e. north and south. On this river dam is constructed at Chandoli Village.

Animals Found in Chandoli National Park

Nearly 23 species of mammals, 122 species of birds, 20 species of amphibians and reptiles are known to be resident in the forests of Chandoli.

Tigers, Indian bison or gaur Bos gaurus, sambar Cervus unicolor, leopard cats, Prionailurus bengalensis, sloth bears, Melursus ursinus and Indian giant squirrels, Matura indica are quite noticeable here.
Many species like barking deer, Muntiacus muntjak, mouse deer are also common.

A census carried out in Year 2002 by the Forest Department showed a rise in the number of Tigers, Leopards Panthera, Pardus, Gaur, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bears and Blackbuck.

Some more unusual species of wildlife that can be seen in this sanctuary are Indian giant squirrel, wild dog, common grey, hornbill.

Major Attractions

Chandoli Dam and Reservoir
The Dam of Warna reservoir is an important attraction of tourist in Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary. Dam is constructed across the Warna river hence it is called Warna Dam. Spread of water reservoir is 45 sq.km.Vasant Sagar Reservoir is located in the heart of Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary.

Capacity of water reservoir is 34 TMC. In summer the water storage of the reservoir is quite high as about 6.81 TMC. Tourist can observe the nature sense as well as cultural beauty of the Chandoli dam.

Zolambi Sada
In the western Ghat of Maharashtra, Zolambi sada is one of the most important tourist attractions. It is located north east of Chandoli Budruk Approximately about 10 km. area covered by zolambi sada is about 8.4 s q km. length of these sada is 1.5 km. width is 5.6 km.

The place provide food and shelter to wildlife animal and plants. Such as Tiger, Bibtya, Wagh, Manjar,Pal, Nag, Samber etc.

Prachitgad
It is one of the historical tourist attractions in these sanctuaries. It is located at north, west of Shirala about 65 km.western margin of the Prachitgad is demarcated by range of Sahyadris and Konkan. Prachitgad is never the scene of any notable event until 1817.

When it was seized by a Gosavi named Citursingh who gave himself out to be younger brother Shahu the Satara Raja.

Kalawantineechi Veehir
Kalavantineechi Veehir is an attraction of tourisms in Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located foot at Prachitgad. It is away from 5 km. from Rundiv. The name of Kalawantineechi veehir is associated name of women. She did recreation of people in an ancient time. Such as dance.

She came to daily on veehir for bath. At that time nobody allowed to visit that veehir hence the veehir is famous by this women namely Kalavantineechi veehir.

Khandar Waterfall
It is another tourist attraction in Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is associated beauty of nature. Height of these waterfalls is 150 mts. It is steep slope and tourist can watch beauty during rainy season.

How to reach Chandoli National Park

The distance from kolhapur to Chandoli National Park is 75 KM.

One needs to take permission from forest dept office for access to forest. It can be obtained in 15 min. Nominal fees of 50/- person & guide fees of 300/- is what you pay. The guide takes you through major spots in jungle.

Right time to visit jungle for animal spotting is between 6-8 am & then 4-6 pm. You will find wide range of animals including wild cats in jungle.

There are no big restaurants in Chandoli. Best place to Eat is Ameen home food. He cooks wonderful homemade non veg food.

The best time to visit is from Oct to Mar. Some people even visit during Sept and April. June to Sept months gets heavy rainfall in this area.

By Air: The nearest airport to Chandoli is at Kolhapur 75 km away, followed by the Pune airport (210 km), and the Mumbai airport (380 km).

By Rail: Sangli is the nearest railway junction from Chandoli located 75 km away. Other nearby railway stations are at Miraj (83 km), Kolhapur (80 km), and Karad (47 km).

By Road: Chandoli is well connected to major towns in Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Satara, Kolhapur. One can avail the regular bus service run by MSRTC or hire private/shared taxis to get to Chandoli National Park at economical rates.

Things to do at the Chandoli National Park

There are various activities one can engage inside the Chandoli National park like from adventurous safaris, trekking, to exploring temples, there are countless things you can do inside the Chandoli park.
Travelling in a jeep safari

The most delightful of thing to do in Chandoli park is to go on a jeep safari with the assistance of a park guide. A fearless safari tour on those dusty tracks and amid the lush greens of the park is sure to take you on an experience of a lifetime! The thrill of spotting animals roam free in their natural habitat is unparalleled.

Chandoli provides guided safari tours where knowledgeable forest experts accompany you in your safari vehicle and keep you informed about the tiniest of details about the park, including where to spot which animal or bird at what time.

Watch various types of birds
The Chandoli National Park is a home for numerous birds population but in fact some rare species can be found here in the sanctuary and this is the reason why many bird watchers and photographer are often visit this place. A guided tour inside the forest reserve can help you spot a great many of these beautiful creatures with ease.

Boating in the Tulsi Lake
Boating is one the main attraction at Chandoli National Park so other than watching animals and numerous birds one can do boating in a serene lake named as Tulsi Lake which is in the middle of the park provides excellent opportunities to travelers to go boating and enjoy the natural beauty of the park while rowing away.

Chandoli National Park Timings
The Chandoli park is open for tourists everyday from 7 AM to 10 AM, and then 3 PM to 6 PM.

Chandoli National Park Entry Fees
The entry charges for Chandoli sanctuary are INR 30/- per head and INR 150/- per gypsy or private vehicle that needs to enter. Hiring a guide is mandatory inside the park and will cost you on an average INR 300/- per safari. (These are the old details, need to verify these details once you visit the office).

Tourist Attraction around Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary:
• Battis Shirala,
• Agashiva cave,
• Sadashivgad,
• Machindragad.