Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary
Sight Address : Bortekadi, Maharashtra 441702 Edit
The Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary located in Navegoan, Gondia is one of the most popular forest resorts in the Vidarbha region. The Park is spread over an area of 135 sq kms. A picturesque lake with crystal clear water, stretching over an area of 11 sq. kms is set in the midst of hill ranges and can be approached through a series of winding trails. Strategically located, watch towers enable the visitor to Navegaon to catch a glimpse of the region’s varied wildlife. It consists of a deer park, an aviary and three beautifully landscaped gardens. Flora : The forest is typical Southern mixed dry deciduous forest. The main species are Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel and Bhor, etc.
Avifauna : Navegaon National ParkAlmost 60% of all bird species recorded in Maharashtra are visible at Navegaon. The experience and the excitement of having spotted the scarlet minivet, a paradise fly catcher or the sapphire blue flash of a kingfisher skimming the surface of the lake for fish is quite out of the world.
Fauna : Though Navegaon is better known as a bird sanctuary, a number of wild animals could also be sighted. Tigers, Panthers, Bisons, Sambars, Nilgais, Chitals, Wild boars, Sloth Bears, and Wild Dogs are main wild life species in this national park.
Other Attractions : One can also join the Jungle Safari and stroll through the beautiful forest, crossing paths with Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaurs, Sambars, Chitals and Langoors. Staying in the unique treetop house, riding a power or sailboat on the lake, are also some thrilling pastimes one can enjoy over here. Nearly 50,000 tourists visit this tourist complex annually.
Area : 123 sq. km.
Gate : Pitambartola
Legend of Navegaon Lake : There is an interesting legend about Navegaon Lake. Kolu Patel Kohli created the lake at the beginning of the 18th century. He is now defined as “Kolasur Deo” and his shrine is on one of the peaks surrounding the lake. The seven peaks surrounding the lake are known as the “Sat Bahini” or seven sisters. It is believed that these deities helped Kolu in building the lake. On the fringe of the lake is an idol of Hanuman, the deity of strength, whose feet are said to go below the embankment. The island in the middle of the lake is known as “Maldonger” and was used by the villagers as a refuge from the marauding ‘Pindaris’ (A tribe of professional robbers). The area around the lake is known as the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, in memory of the noted ornithologist. Best time to visit this sanctuary is between October to June and every winter, the Navegaon Lake becomes the home to huge flocks of migrating ducks and the misty winter mornings are characterized by their loud calls.
Sloth bear, leopard, bisons, deer, sambar, nilgais, wild boars, various reptiles, jungle cats, barking deer and a variety of bird species.
Entry Timings: 4.00 am to 7.00 pm. (During the rest hour’s entry in the national park is strictly prohibited.)
Safari timings during Summer : 6.30 am to 10.30 & 3 pm to 6 pm.
Best Season to Visit
April to May.
Best Time To Visit
Time Required for Sightseeing
Area Cover by Sanctuary : 123 sq. km
Tourism Route : 40 km.
Requied Time : 3 – 4 Hours..
Ticket Required : Yes Edit
Individual National Adult Rs. : Rs. 30/-
Kids Rs. : Rs. 15/-
Individual Foreigner Adult Rs. : Rs. 30/-
Kids Rs. : Rs. 15/-
Still Photo Camera Rs. : N.A.
Video Camera Rs. : N.A.
Vehicle/ Gypsies Rs. : Light vehicle – Rs. 100/- ; Mini bus – Rs. 150/-
(Gypsies Not available. Private Vehicles allowed. Vehicles allowed per day – 15)
Vehicles allowed Per Gates : Pitambartola (15 Vehicles)
Guide Required : Yes Edit
Approximate cost: Rs. 250/-
Dress Code (If Any) : No Edit
Dress Require: N.A.
How to ReachEdit
Taxi : Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary is 140 km from Nagpur via Bhandara, Lakhni, Sakoli, Saundad, Kohmara. Private Taxies are also available here.
Bus : The nearest bus stand is Navegaon 10-km away from the park.
Train : Deulgaon on Chandrapur-Gondia railway line is the nearest railway station, 2-km away from the park.
Air : Nearest airport is at Nagpur, 142-km away from the park.
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
- Navegaon National Park :07182 251 232