Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Phansad Abhayaranya, in Raigad district is about 152 kms from Mumbai via Panvel, Pen and Alibaug. The sanctuary is spread across an area of 52 sqkm. The Murud-Roha road passes through the sanctuary.
The sanctuary has a wide varietyof flora and fauna. Leopard is the major carnivore. The other animals include Heyena, Jungle cat, Palm civet, Sambhar, Barking deer, Bonnet Macaque, Wild boar and malabar giant squirrel. There aer 148 types of birds (including the interesting Pied hornbill, Three toed Kingfisher, Malkoha, Pitta), 90 species of butterflies (including Common Map, Black Prince, Nawab, Blue Mormon) and a number of poisonous and non poisonous snakes. About 710 species of plants have been identified here.
The entire forests and sanctuary were earlier private hunting block of the erstwhile Siddhi Nawab of the Janjira state. The Nawab constructed roads, water bodies, and evacuated several villages from the sanctuary.
There is a guesthouse and few tents available to stay here.
Its a nice place for a trek around the forest.
There are 4 major nature trails (approx 12km each) in the sanctuar, passing through various habitats, providing an opportunity to experience the wild life