Chandoli National Park is one of the most popular national parks not only in Maharashtra but in entire India. Chandoli Sanctuary is located in the western part of Maharashtra, at the junction of Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara, and Ratnagiri District.
Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary in Sangli has sprawling vegetation making it an ideal habitation for a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, and bird species. People from all over India visit Chandoli National Park for wild natural beauty and also for seeing the amazing variety of various flora and fauna species.
Occupying a major spot in Maharashtra wildlife tour itinerary Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary is also subject to a number of conservation programs undertaken by the government, the local tourist department, and also various wildlife agencies for conserving its rich flora and fauna. Chandoli National Park receives its water supply from the Chandoli Dam which is built on the Warna river.
The forest of Chandoli is a mixture of Malabar Coast moist forests and North Western Ghats’ moist deciduous forests. Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to around 23 different species of mammal along with 20 species of reptiles and amphibians. Tigers, panthers, leopard cats, sloth bears, gaurs, bears, barking dears, and mice dear are some commonly spotted animals in the Chandoli forests.
The history of Chandoli National Park goes back to the 17th century. Chandoli National Park is the place where two forts of Shivaji Maharaj rests, i.e. Prachitgad and Bhairavgad. Prachitgad was used as an observation point by Sambhaji Maharaj, the son of Shivaji Maharaj.
With a huge bird population of around 123 different species of birds, Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary is also a preferred destination for bird watching. Spring is the best season for bird-watching tours when a wide variety of birds can be easily sighted. You will also find many different types of plants in the Chandoli National Park area.
Chandoli National Park is actually a part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and is also one of the newest national parks in the country. Guides and other facilities for forest safaris and though it receives many visitors during the winter season, the best time for paying a visit to Chandoli National Park in the spring when the trees and flowers in the forests are in full bloom and there is also more probability of sighting birds and animals.
Best time to visit Chandoli National Park
The best time to visit me is from is October to February. Chandoli National Park observes heavy rainfall over around 3,500 mm (140 in) in the month of June, July, August, and September hence it is advisable not to visit during the monsoon season.
Weather in Chandoli National Park Sangli
As Chandoli National Park receives heavy rainfall in the monsoon hence the weather remains cold around the year. In winter the temperature is in the range of 15°C to 25°C and in Summer around 20°C to 30°C.