Dajipur wild life sanctuary located on the border of Kolhapur & Sindhudurg district. This lies in the southern end of the Sahyadri hills. This wild life sanctuary is also known as Bison Sanctuary. This is the first wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra.
This wild life sanctuary was notified in the year 1958 with the area about 20 square kilometres. In the year 1985, Maharashtra government expands the area which now include Kalammawadi reservoir & Radhanagari Dam.
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Various genus of animal & plants found in sanctuary:
Plant life: There are about 425 genus of plant found in the Dajipur wild life sanctuary. Among them Jambhul, Amba, Hirda, Anjani, Umbar, Gela, Banana & Katak are main genus found in sanctuary.
Animal life: This wild life sanctuary is reserved for bison which is most seen in this sanctuary. Along with the bison there are about 47 genus of Mammals, 59 genus of reptiles, 264 genus of birds & 66 genus of butterflies are found in sanctuary.
Mammals mostly found in Dajipur are Indian leopard, wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambar & wild dogs.
Information & Reservation office is in Kolhapur.
Winter season: December to February
Summer season: March to May
Rainy (Monsoon) season: June to September
October & November are in post monsoon season.
How to Reach:
By Air: Nearest air port is Kolhapur (80 km).
By Train: Kolhapur (80 km) is the nearest railway station.
By Road: There is regular bus service to Dajipur from Phonda (20 km), Radhanagari (30 km), Kolhapur (80 km).