Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
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Olavan, Kolhapur 416212 India

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Shonil_B
Pune, India367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I visited this place in December 2022. The entry to the wildlife sanctuary is from Olvan village which is just 1 kms before the starting of Phonda Ghat. There are small homestays where you can reach the night prior and stay as it is best to start the jungle safari in early morning, may be at 5 or 5:30. The safari needs to be done only thru the authorized jeeps by paying a charge per vehicle plus entry ticket per person. This Sanctuary is very dense jungle and sometimes that makes spotting difficult. *Remember: This is not zoo. A person may end the safari without seeing any Bison. * But at the same time, you need to be equally or even more vigilant than your driver cum guide and keep your attention at all sides. I have observed the drivers are in a hurry to take you around and finish the ride quicky so that he gets the next customer. But insist the driver on going slow. When I visited, I was very demanding and the tour took more than 4 hours for me. Probe a lot and ask question so that he too will give you lot of information. The drivers need more formal training so that the safari can be made more worth. Expect some other small animals like jungle hen, Indian giant squirrel etc. You can also find beautiful butterflies, flowers during the tour. As the roads are very bad, persons with motion sickness should avoid going here. Also keep in mind, do not litter, carry plastic inside. This place has a good potential if the government works on tourism development.
Written 25 March 2023
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Swamesh
Osargaon, India7 contributions
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Jan 2021 • Couples
It's large area covered by forest. Timing is 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM for entry.
Private vehicles are not allowed inside. You need to hire vehicles at gate which cost around rs. 1800 . As per rule 8 person are allowed in one vehicle however they don't club different groups by them self. It is subject to mutual agreement between 2 different groups. So if you are couple or family of 4 you still need to pay 1800. Just tip. Insist for open jeep vehicle for better safari experience, You may have to wait for that at gate.

We were couple and entered in forest at around 1 pm unfortunately couldn't spot any animal however safari through forest is good.
Written 12 January 2021
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PawanPawar
Wakad, India70 contributions
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May 2014 • Family
This wild life sanctuary is placed near Radhanagari. and the Dam on the river which is a piece of good planning at that time (done by Visvesvaray). The power generation station is still operational. If you’re planning this wild life sanctuary, you need to go in there before 5:00 AM then only chances are that you will some animals.

Please note only jeeps are allowed, so if you’re using your vehicle like small cars then you have to hire jeeps etc over there. The Dajipur is very small place, so it would be good if you could co-ordinate things over phone first.

I stayed at Radhanagari government restaurant (but you will not get their reservation unless you’re govt. employee or politican). The Radhanagari dam is equally scenic.

We entered in sanctuary early morning around 5:00 (they also give your guide at around 100 Rs), but could not see any animal. And it happens quite frequently now a days. It was good Jungle ride, though.

How to plan?
If you’re planning Dajipur wild sanctuary. I’d suggest one day in afternoon visit Radhanagri Dam, have tea/coffee at Govt. guest house (it is at top of dam). And it will provide you good scenic view (especially during sunset).For food anyone can go to Govt. guest house (but lodging is difficult unless you know someone). BTW, the cook (a.k.a. khansama – that is what is called for Govt. cook) is very good, he also provides good mutton (try it if you have time). Then you can plan stay at Dajipur and next day early morning visit Jungle. Jungle ride will finish in 3 hours. After that there is small museum, if you have time visit that place as well.
Written 14 November 2014
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bisonnatureclub
Kolhapur, India3 contributions
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its semi green forest. wildlife sighting is very rare. but u get info about verious plants and reptiles butterfly. bird watching is most exciting here.food and stay availble here. jungle safari jeeps also availble. about more info this sanctuary visit www.radhanagari.in
Written 25 August 2014
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Vighanesh
Mumbai, India19 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Family
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary contains tropical evergreen forests typical of the northern Western Ghats.425 species of plants have been recorded in the sanctuary.
Indian Bison or gaur (Bos gaurus) with a population around 610 in 2004,[3] is the flagship species of the area. Other mammals, living in the sanctuary are Indian Leopard (5), Sloth Bear, Wild Boar (80), Barking Deer (140), Mouse Deer (80), Sambar (120), Giant Squirrel 50) and Wild Dogs (70). In recent years, 6 to 12 Tigers were reported in Dajipur forest 2007-08. (anonymous reports- not yet confirmed)

Birds seen here include: vultures, eagles, Jungle fowl, Quails, Plovers, Sandpipers, Owlets, Doves, Owls, Nightjars, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Flycatchers, Warblers, Wagtails, Sunbirds are commonly seen.[2]

Adult male Malabar grey hornbill
This sanctuary is designated as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International and is home to the rare and globally threatened Nilgiri wood-pigeon (Columba elphinstonii). Other species found here include the Ceylon frogmouth, yellow-browed bulbul, dusky eagle-owl and great pied hornbill and one of India's most admired songbirds, the Malabar whistlingthrush. Two species endemic to the Western Ghats: the small sunbird and the Malabar grey hornbill have been sighted here. This sanctuary is a favorite nesting place for the speckled piculet, Malabar crested lark, and some species of Himalayan birds such as the Indian blue robin during the winter months.
Written 29 January 2015
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dagr81
Bengaluru, India18 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Family
make sure you go here at sunrise. kolhapur is a great base to visit this place
make sure you go to the dajipur talao and the dam nearby radhanagari
there is a MTDC small restaurant here which serves basic snacks
excellet place to be if you are a photographer, landscape or wildlife
roads condition is more than good because this place is not on the regular tourist circuit

Beware
The ghat roads are extremely dangerous if you dont drive with utmost caution specially because of traffic coming uphill.
beware of speeding MSRTC red buses
Written 7 May 2013
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Tejaswini K
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
You have to be really very lucky for a sight of any wild animal here. We reached at the spot by 11.30. They take Rs 30/pp plus Rs 100 personal vehicle fees. It was a great idea to take our own vehicle as jeeps and suvs take around 2000 for 4 hr ride. We enjoyed the forest feel totally. Its just that you have to be at the right time at right place to see any animal. Trust your luck and go ahead.
Written 29 May 2017
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mandarjoshi137
Pune91 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Family
This forest at Dajipur is famous for bisons and birds. Forest is nice and dense.
It opens at 7 in the morning and till 14:30 entries are allowed. Tuesday is a holiday for the forest, hence it will be closed. All type of vehicles are allowed from two wheelers to four wheelers. The road in the forest is not a road at all but a trail made by four wheelers. It is recommended to hire JEEP or any other SUV to enter this forest. Locally t2-3 four wheelers are available (1600 INR per vehicle ). Reach here by seven in the morning and then only you may able to see wildlife, else it will be only a four hours of ride on bad road and some sight seeing. YES it takes FOUR hours for one tour.
We reached there around 11:00 and came back from a tour by 16:00 (empty handed). Apart from a king cobra, we did not see any wildlife.
Written 14 November 2015
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Yogesh T
11 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Friends
You really really need to be very Lucky to find or sight a Animal in this abhayaranya..
As it is known for 'Gava' but in the 4-5 hours sight we have not found anything as animal.
What we found : Gavthi Kombda and Kombadi (cock and hens), Pan Kombadi and one Deer was just crossed (for 2 sec only) us while coming back to Exit. That it....!!!
Other facts :
1. Entry timings are morning 7.00 am to 2.30 pm only and it still open upto 6.00pm. It is recommended that anyone should visit this place early in the morning. (better to keep some snacks with you while entering as it takes nearly 4-6 hours depending upon your interest)
2. To do so you need to stay at Dajipur itself or at nearby village (Radhanagari)
we stayed at Dajipur itself in private homestay (which was good and they arrange for the food as well) MTDC rooms seems full as it as very less nos (maybe 2 - 3 only)
3. Roads are not that good SUV is recommended But..! you can still travel through the car as we had Swift Dezire. (need a driving skiils it has bumpy rides.
Written 22 April 2017
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bandarkar
Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary (Bison Sanctuary) is a wildlife sanctuary located in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra state India. It lies at the southern end of the Sahyadri hills in the Western Ghats. It is notable as the first declared wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, notified in 1958, as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary and is popularly known as the “Bison Sanctuary”. The jungle of Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts. Surrounded by rugged mountains and dense forests, this secluded little place is completely cut-off from human habitat. Home to bison, wild deer, chital, gawa and many more spectacular wild animals and birds. Dajipur is an exciting and beautiful holiday getaway, situated 1200 metres above sea level. An excursion in the vicinity to the Gagangiri Maharaj’s Math makes for a pleasant outing. This scenic resort near the backwaters of the Radhanagari Dam is highly recommended for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. Fauna: Bison, Wild Deer, Chital and Gawa.
Written 24 May 2015
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