OikosNatura, Dajipur, Shivgad 30 Apr, 1,2 May 2010

Radhanagari (Dajipur) Wildlife Sanctuary

Location
Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary is located in the catchments areas of the major reservoirs viz. “Shahu Sagar”and “Laxmi sagar” in Kolhapur district. The total area of Sanctuary is 351.16 sq.km..

Biodiversity
The topography of entire protected area is undulating with steep escarpments. Soil is reddish and lateritic. Plateaus or “Sadas” have high percentage of bauxite ore.

Flora
The main forest types are ” Southern semi evergreen forest”, ” Southern Moist Mixed deciduous forest” and ” Southern evergreen forest”. The The forest crop density in this area is between 0.4 to 0.9. The forest at “Kaladung” & “Patycha Dang” are having crop density more than 0.9 Dominant species are Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba etc.. Karvi is found almost all over the area. Climbers such as Shikekai, Garambi are quite frequent. Shrubs species and Medicinal plants such as Karvand, Vagati, Ranmiri, Tamalpati, Toran, Dhayati, Kadipatta, Narkya, Murudsheng, etc. with small quantity of Bamboo are also found Quite a large numbers of ephemerals, bulbs of seasonal plants are found.

Fauna
This sanctuary is well known for bison(500), the tallest and the most splendid of living wild oxen. Few other animals have the combination of bucolic charm and great-muscled power of the gaur. A big lone bull and calf running with its mother or a large herd grazing in the jungles, is a memorable sight that one would recall with delight years later. Other animals, sheltered in the sanctuary Leopard(5), Sloth bear, Wild boar(80), Barking deer(140), Mouse deer(80), Sambar(120), Giant squirrel(50), Wild dogs(70) are major animals found in the protected area. Many types of Reptiles amphibians and many birds species such as vultures eagles, Jungle fowl, Quails, Plovers, Sand pipers, Owlets, Doves, Owls, Nightjars, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Flycatchers, Warblers, Wagtails, Sunbirds are commonly seen.

Shivgad Fort
Located at Ghonsari, Phondaghat. This magnificent fort beckons adventurous tourists and mountaineers. Since the terrain and peaks of this region comes in contact with Asia’s largest known biodiversity for flora and founa Dajipur Bison sentcury, the view of the area surrounding the fort is a major attraction here. Kasarde Salva mountains Gagangad and clearly visible from this fort. Goddess Bhavanimata’s Temple of remains of some imposing structures. Cannons are also seen inside the fort but to vive all this one has to trek to the top.

Itinerary
Day1 – Reach Dajipur via Kolhapur , trek to Shivgad fort
Day2 – Jeep Safari & nature walk in the jungle
Day3 – Jeep Safari & nature walk in the jungle. Return to Mumbai via Kolhapur.

Participation fees – Rs. 1950/- per head ex Kolhapur
Participation fees include Kolhapur to Dajipur to and fro transportation, 2 days jeep safari, forest fees, guide fees, Accomodation and food 30 April (BF, Dinner), 1st and 2nd May 2010 (BF, Lunch, Dinner). Participation fees does not include camera fees if any

Accomodation – We will be staying in village house near Dajipur Sanctury Gate (please carry your own bedding)

Contact for registration – Madhukar Dhuri 9820320295, madhukar.dhuri@oikosnatura.com

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