Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located in Kolhapur, the Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary is counted among the top tourist destination. Find best timings to visit, entry fees, attractions, wiki and pictures. Wildlife sanctuary is a place where animals/species survive safely. These are the geographical regions that provide protection and peace to a huge number of wild lives. They are also known as “Wildlife Refuge”.

    Let us discuss one of the famous wildlife sanctuary which is situated in Kolhapur district in Maharashtra. It was earlier known as “Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary”. In the year 1958, by the Maharashtra forest department, it was announced  as the first wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra with the name ”Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary”.   It is now famous as “Bison Sanctuary”.

    Dajipur Wildlife Contact Details

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    Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
    Wildlife Sanctuary At - State Highway
    Located At - Kolhapur
    City - Radhanagari
    State - Maharashtra
    Pin Code - 416212

    Wildlife Visiting Time - 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

    Working Day - Sunday to Saturday

    Tourist Attractions

    The sanctuary lies in the Shyadri Ranges and from the middle of the sanctuary passes the “State Highway 116”. This beautiful place is famous for its Radhnagiri Dam and lake. It attracts a lot of tourists and visitors because of its scenic beauty and Hill station. It is the best place to spend your weekend there. Don’t you think you should go for this Place once? Between October-March as it is the best time to visit this Place.

    While reaching Dajipur, there resides a small temple of “Bhagvati Devi” which is very famous. The atmosphere of the temple is peaceful and it looks more attractive during the sunset. At the middle of the dense forest, there is a famous spiritual destination “Gagangiri Maharaj Math” which is the best place for performing yoga and meditation.

    From the watch tower one can enjoy the beauty of the Konkan and the overall forest. The sanctuary is situated at an area of about 350 sq.km and from the Kankavali station it is 30 km far.

    Geographical Map

    The sanctuary is located between the 16 degree 10 to 16 degree 30 north latitude and 73 degree 52 to 74 degree 14 east longitude. The rivers which flow through the sanctuary include Bhagavati River, Tulsi River, Kallamma River, Dudhganga River and Dirba River.


    Dajipur wildlife sanctuary consist of tropical evergreen forests near the Northern Western Ghats. More than 400 plant species are found in the sanctuary. Some of them are Anjani, Hirda, Awala, Nana, Jambha, Pisa, Bhoma, Gela, Banana, Katak. Mostly “Karvi” is spread over a huge area.

    The sanctuary also includes medical plants which are very useful like a candy corn plant known as “Vagati”, dhayati (fire-flame bush), karvand, curry tree known as kadipatta, murudsheng and many more. “Bamboo” is also found in small quantity along with a good quantity of ephemeral bulbs of seasonal plants.


    The sanctuary consists of more than 40 species of mammals like Indian Leopard, wild boar, mouse deer, sloth bear Sam bar, wild doges etc., approx. 250 species of birds and butterflies. Birds like eagles, quails, doves, sandpipers, vultures, owls, bulbul, warblers, sunbirds, worn bills are often seen in this sanctuary.

    By the “Birdlife International” the sanctuary has been announced as the “Important Bird Area”.

    Many other species like yellow-browed bulbul, great pied hornbill, dusky eagle-owl, Ceylon frogmouth which are rarely seen is also found there. “Malabar Whistling thrush” India’s one of the most admiring songbird have her nesting place in this sanctuary. “Indian Blue Robin” name of one of the species of Himalayan bird is also found there during winters.

    Malabar pit viper, Gunther’s cat skint, Bombay bush frog and Deccan ground gecko have also appeared in this sanctuary as these are the threatened species of reptiles and amphibians.

    I hope you will like this article as it contains many interesting facts and figures about this wildlife sanctuary and different information that you were unaware of.