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Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Satara

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the district of Satara in Western Maharashtra. The sanctuary is located on both the western and the eastern catchments of the Koyana dam. The koyana dam is the chief centre of hydroelectric project in Maharashtra.

The vertical slopes of the Western Ghats borders the sanctuary on one side, while on the other side it is bordered by Shivasagar reservoir. On the southern side of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary lies the famous Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary. The month of October is the ideal time for visiting the place.

Flora & Fauna The sanctuary is enriched with a vast vegetation cover that mainly comprises of southern moist mixed deciduous forests and the southern tropical evergreen forests. Below given is the list of some of the common trees and plants found here.

Species of trees:- Anjani Hirda Ain Amba Jambul Pisa Awala Nana Gela etc.

Medicinal plants:- Tamalpati, Karvand Kadipatta Murudsheng Ranmiri Narkya etc.

Rare species of trees:- Eupohoria Longan Dhup Elecoarpus Tectorium Turpunita Malbarica Harpullia Arborea etc.

The sanctuary is a home to various species of animals like tigers, sloth bears, panthers, barking deer, dholes, common langoors, cobras, giant squirrels, mouse deers, gaurs, sambars and many more. One can also see here various types of birds like brown capped woodpecker, fairy bluebird, heart spotted, rufous, goshawk etc.

Area : 423.55square.kilometers
Best Time to Visit : October
Nearest Airport : Kolhapur (65kms)
Nearest Railway Station : Kolhapur (60kms)

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