I am Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary located near Alibaug in the Murud and Roha talukas of Raigad district of Maharashtra and was the part of the official hunting reserve of the princely state of Murud Janjira. I am Located at a distance of only 140km from Mumbai on low hills of the Malabar Coast towards the west of the north Sahyadri range. Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary boast of unique vegetation with inland high altitude areas, and rank pretty high among the biodiversity hot spots of the Western Ghats ecosystem.
With southern moist bearing forests, southern moist mixed deciduous forests and Riparian fringing forests in different parts, I am home to more than 700 different types of plants as well as an exceptional range of birds, butterflies, moths, snakes and mammal species.
My fauna include approximately 164 different bird species, around 31 species of reptiles, more than 92 different types of butterflies and also approximately 17 species of mammals that make me extremely popular among nature lover, bird watchers, wildlife activists and also wildlife photographers.
Malbar giant squirrel, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Mouse deer, Small Indian civet, porcupine, Langoor, Bonnet, Macaque, Sambar and Barking deer are commonly found in Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary forests along with a number of rare and endangered bird species like Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, and a variety of horn bills.
Weather at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
I, Phansad National Park have a typical climate of the Western Ghat mountain range – that is regular and heavy rainfall during the monsoon and a hot and humid summer. During summer daytime temperature reaches close to 40 degrees centigrade and average low temperature during the winter months is around 18 degree centigrade at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.
With the migratory birds arriving, winter months are the best part of the year to enjoy my wild, natural beauty and exceptional bio-diversity, and it’s from late September to early March when Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary receive the maximum number of visitors.