Koka Wildlife Sanctuary
Sight Address : Koka Wildlife Sanctuary is 60 km from Nagpur via Bhandara after crossing toll naka via Paladi, Dodmazari, Chandrapur gate. Edit
It is raining wildlife sanctuaries in forest and biodiversity-rich Vidarbha. With state government showing interest, Bhandara forest division has prepared a proposal for 92 sq km Koka wildlife sanctuary, just 20km from Bhandara. In the last two years since November 2010, government has notified at least five wildlife sanctuaries – Mansinghdeo, New Bor, New Nagzira, Navegaon and Umred-Karhandla. Koka will be sixth. Koka is a dense forest and has rich wildlife including tigers and leopards besides wolves and herbivores like gaurs, chitals and sambars. The area also has some natural water bodies and supports dispersing populations from Nagzira and New Nagzira.
Area : 98 km
Gate : Chandrapur.
According to Prafulla Bhamburkar, manager of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Koka was declared a reserve forest in 1879. It was a shooting block during the Raj era. “The area has good prey base. If similar protection is granted to Lendezari-Gaimukh then entire Pench corridor would be protected,” Bhamburkar felt. The committee on ‘Rationalization of boundaries of PAs’ has already asked the state to increase protected area (PA) network in lieu of reduction of 8,496 sq km Great Indian Bustard (GIB) sanctuary in Nanaj in Solapur to 1,222.61 sq km.
Tigers, sloth bear, leopard, bisons, deer, sambar, nilgais, wild boars, barking deer.
Safari timings during Summer : 6.30 am to 10.30 & 3 pm to 6 pm.
Best Season to Visit
November to June.
Best Time To Visit
Time Required for Sightseeing
Area Cover by Sanctuary : 98 sq. km
Tourism Route : 44 km.
Requied Time : 3 – 4 Hours..
Ticket Required : Yes Edit
Individual National Adult Rs. : Rs. 30/-
Kids Rs. : N.A.
Individual Foreigner Adult Rs. : Rs. 30/-
Kids Rs. : N.A.
Still Photo Camera Rs. : N.A.
Video Camera Rs. : N.A.
Vehicle/ Gypsies Rs. : Light vehicle – Rs. 100/- ; Heavy vehicle – Rs. 150/-
(Gypsies Not available. Private Vehicles allowed. Vehicles allowed per day – 20)
Vehicles allowed Per Gates : Chandrapur (20 Vehicles)
Guide Required : Yes Edit
Approximate cost: Rs. 250/-
Dress Code (If Any) : No Edit
Dress Require: N.A.
How to ReachEdit
Taxi : Koka Wildlife Sanctuary is 60 km from Nagpur via Bhandara after crossing toll naka via Paladi, Dodmazari, Chandrapur gate.Private Taxies are also available here.
Bus : State government public transport buses ply between Bhandara and other cities in the state. Tourist bus services at regular intervals are also available.
Train : There is no railway station near to Koka in less than 10 km. Bhandara Road Rail Way Station (near to Bhandara) are the Rail way stations reachable from near by towns. How ever Nagpur Rail Way Station is major railway station 81 KM near to Koka.
Air : The Nearest airport is at Nagpur (60 km).
Others : N.A.
Things to CarryEdit
- Carry some food, Plenty of water and Camera.
Safety / WarningEdit
- Do not disturb the animals during day time as most of the nocturnal animals sleep during day time.
- Police – 100
- Fire – 101
- Ambulance – 102