Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary Overview
The Phansad wildlife sanctuary is located in Maharashtra. It was created in 1986 as a unique type of wildlife sanctuary to preserve the coastal woodland ecosystem of the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is situated between Kashid village sea coast and Kundalika River.
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary comprises 6,979 hectares of forest, grasslands, and wetlands. It was once the hunting grounds of the princely state of Murud-Janjira. Following the independence of India, the sanctuary was taken over by the Indian forest department.
The Sanctuary is unique due to its proximity to the sea and its hilly terrain with heavy rainfall. It is an oasis for wildlife as it homes wild boars, leopard, barking deer, sambar, etc. The Phansad sanctuary is also home to several
birds including Shikra, Yellow-footed green pigeon, Crested Serpent Eagle, Hawk Eagle, Kestrel, etc. Among other fauna of this sanctuary are the butterflies and other beautiful insects.
There are four major trails across the sanctuary that reach the main waterholes, Gunyacha Maal, Chikhalgaan, and Phansadgaan. The “Sacred Groves” is situated near Supegaon. There are pockets of open grassland or mals that are scattered throughout the sanctuary.
How to reach Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached by air, train or road:
If you are driving in your car, then head towards Murud, Roha districts in Raigad. If you are coming on a bus, then Alibaug is the nearest bus stop (50kms) from the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. All the main Maharashtrian cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur are well connected by road.
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If you love train journey, then Roha on the Konkan Railway line is the nearest railway station from the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.
If you plan to fly down to Phansad, then the closest airport is the Mumbai airport, from where you’ll have to take a bus to Alibaug, cab or private vehicle. You can also hire a taxi directly to the sanctuary from the Mumbai Airport.
Best time to visit
While Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is an all-weather destination, the best time to visit the place is between November and March. Summers are generally hot and humid, and migratory birds fly down to place between November and January.
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Accommodation Near Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
Accommodation near the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is limited. Budget accommodation in tents, PWD rest houses and inspection huts are available. However, since the place is just a one-day trip (people typically spend only 3-4 hours here), most people like to stay in Kashid (10 km) or Alibaug where there are better and more options available.
Hotels near Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
There are several guesthouses and hotels in and around the sanctuary. A few worth mentioning includes:
Sai Palace Hotel
Located in Janjira, Sai Palace Hotel offers guests rooms that are well appointed with comfortable beds and TV. All rooms have attached bathrooms with the supply of hot/cold water. It is a budget hotel that offers healthy breakfast services. Other facilities at Sai Palace Hotel includes quick laundry and complimentary onsite parking.
Swapnali Tourist Home
Swapnali Tourist Home is also located in Janjira Fort. It has a 24-hour front desk for assistance, laundry service, and complimentary onsite parking for guests.
Bhagaya Shree Tourist Home
Bhagaya Shree Tourist Home is located just 5 km from Korlai Beach and 41 km from Nidi Railway Station. The place offers room service along with facilities like TV, an en-suite bathroom and efficient laundry and medical assistance. Travel desk, front desk assistance, and parking facility are also available.
Shree Prasad Tourist Home
A beautiful guest house, Shree Prasad Tourist Home has spacious rooms that are well-set with comfortable beds, air conditioning, and TV. The place is easy to locate and has friendly staff.
Korlai Fort: Other destination to visit near Phansad
If you happen to be in Phansad, then you must make an exception for Korlai Fort. The old fort is located on a hill-top and built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. During the monsoon, this fort is storybook beautiful, with lush greenery, windswept grass that appears no less than the Scottish Highlands.
Once you’ve spent time absorbing the beauty, head down the winding green path to the jetty and walk to the other end to discover the shell of a beautiful, abandoned Portuguese church. From there, see the rooftops of the pastel-colored fishing settlement known as Korlai home.
If the weather is conducive, you can even pack a small picnic here. The panoramic views are just breathtaking!
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