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.
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
forest is typical Southern mixed dry deciduous forest. The main
species are Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel and Bhor, etc.
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
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.
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.
interest around the national park are Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (60
km), Itiadoh Dam (20-km), Tibetan Camp at Gothangaon (15 km) and
Pratapgad (15 km).
MORE TOURIST INFORMATION
Timings: 4.00 am to 7.00 pm. During the rest hour's entry in the
national park is strictly prohibited.
Temperatures are pleasant all year round.
Nearest airport is at Nagpur, 142-km away from the park.
Deulgaon on Chandrapur-Gondia railway line is the nearest railway
station, 2-km away from the park.
The nearest bus stand is Navegaon 10-km away from the park.