The main forest of this
sanctuary is the southern tropical semi evergreen forest. Tourists can
find wide range of plant life, magical herbs, and shrubs. Dominant
species are Mango, Jamun, Hirda, Behda, Bamboo, Shrub, Herbs, Climber,
Grass, and Fern.
The area is rich in fauna
since there is variety of forest types in the sanctuary. The wild life
found here includes Leopards, Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Langur,
and Hyena. Among the birds one will be able to find Malabar Grey
Hornbill, Quaker Babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Green Pigeon,
Black Eagle, Grey Jungle Fowl and many, many more. One might get to
see the great butterfly brigade and Malabar Giant Squirrel, one of the
largest of tree squirrels found over here, well over threefeet long.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit this
place is from October to May. The climate is pleasant throughout the
year and is cool between mid-November to end-February. There are heavy
monsoon rains between June-end to September and for those who are
romantics at heart the most magical time to enjoy the wilderness is
the rainy season.
There is a temple of Lord
Shiva. Devotees of Lord Shiva visit this temple in thousands on the
day of Maha Shivaratri and on every Monday in the Shravan month
(July-August). Other important tourist attractions within the
sanctuary are Bombay Point, Nagphani Point, Hanuman Tank, Vanaspati
Point, and Gupt Bhimashankar.
Dimbhe dam is a picnic spot
40-kms from sanctuary on Manchar-Bhimashnakar road. Along with the
Bhimashanker temple trek one can also trek up to Hanuman Khada for a
superb view of the plains below and the surrounding Western Ghats.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is
at Pune .
Rail: Pune, happens to be
the nearest railway station.
Road: The road distance from
Mumbai is 265-km via Pune. The best way to travel is to drive down