Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the world heritage in Maharashtra. The Rahdanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is a place worth exploring, not only in monsoon but in all seasons. This pristine, lush green, undulating landscape with steep valleys is situated about 80 km West of Kolhapur city in Maharashtra. Prior to independence, Chhtrapati Shahu Maharaj reserved this forest mainly for hunting and he also constructed a dam on River Bhogawati near Rahdanagari. His farsighted vision resulted in the conservation of this pristine landscape and wildlife therein. In 1958 part of this forest was declared as ‘Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary’, the first wildlife protected area in Maharashtra. In 1985 more area is added and it was notified as ‘Rahdanagari Wildlife Sanctuary’ covering an area of around 351 sq.km. The forest is predominantly semi-evergreen with undisturbed and thick evergreen patches, locally called ‘dang’, at many places. The notable among these are ‘kala Dang’ and ‘Patyacha Dang’. Apart from this, there are many open grasslands inside the forest, which are grazing grounds for herbivores in this sanctuary.

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