Location: Khanapur, Walva and Palus tehsils of Sangli district
Uniqueness:This sanctuary is unique in a number of ways. It is one of the very rare experiments and a significant endeavor in conservation in the sense that it is almost entirely a man made sanctuary, created through a planned afforestation programme, with an unreserved co-operation of the local population. Sagareshwar is an artificially cultivated forest without a sufficient perennial supply off water and in which most of the wildlife species are artificially introduced in 1980. This protected area was previously declared as a forest park and a deer park was established within this on an area over 35 Ha.
Flora:The forest type is Southern dry mixed deciduous and Southern thorn forest protection from grazing and forest fire has resulted in good regeneration of dry deciduous species. Hill slopes are covered with grassed. Protected Area was earlier managed under pasture working circle. Planted species were Tamarind, Neem, Kashid, Subabool, Gulmolhar, Anjan, Nilgiri, Australian acacia, Pangara, Chilar, sisoo, Agave, Khair, Karnaj, Shiras, Char, Bahava, Dhavada,etc.. Density of the forest crop is below 0.4.
Fauna:There are no major carnivorous species like tiger and panther in the Sanctuary. However small carnivore like hyena, fox and porcupines are found in the protected area. Sambar , blackbucks , wild boar , peacocks, cheetal etc. are the major animals found in the sanctuary.Quite a large number of insects, birds and reptiles are also found in the sanctuary.
Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Kolhapur (85kms.), By Rail: Karad (40kms.), By Road: Karad (35kms.) on Pune-Banglore highway.
Accommodation:Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India
Season:August to February
Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India