The gentle Hills of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary are positioned in between the northern Sahyadri range and the western coast of India. The sanctuary represents a coastal woodland ecosystem of Western Ghats, which makes the habitat very rich and offers a serene experience to visitors.
Extending over an area of about 53 sq. kilometers, the sanctuary supports the panther, sambar deer, wild boar, barking deer and hyena. The main attraction of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, however, is the beautiful Giant Indian Squirrel, but given its shy disposition, catching a glimpse is not an easy prospect.
The Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as a birders paradise and includes a large number of species like the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Black Eagle, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Forest Wagtail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Brahminy Kite, Spotted Owlet, Golden Oriole, Iora, Plum-headed Parakeet, Emerald Dove, Shikra and many more. Another fascinating feature about the sanctuary is that around 71 species of butterflies are found here.
Those keen on trekking can explore a nature trail located at Supegaon and visit the Nature Interpretation Centre at Majgaon.
There are 4 major nature trails (approx 12km each) in the sanctuar, passing through various habitats, providing an opportunity to experience the wild life.
The entire forests and sanctuary was earlier private hunting block of the erstwhile Siddhi Nawab of the Janjira state. The ruins of the Siddi Nawab’s bungalow at Kesauli offer a splendid view of the Kashid beach. A temple of the Dhawir Vardhini who is revered by the Aajri tribals is located inside the reserve.
The sanctuary offers a perfect option for all nature lovers, visit anytime between October to April for a truly pleasant experience accompanied by wonderful weather.
if lucky, you may catch an elusive flying squirrel slide down a tree
before it slips away into the dense undergrowth