Pune is quite close to hill stations, beaches as well as wildlife sanctuaries. It is a beautiful city in itself and the vicinity of wonderful places around it makes it even more sought after. Check out the most recommended wildlife sanctuaries near Pune in the present article.
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 70 kms approx
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is not just a sanctuary. You can even visit it as a picnic spot and admire the scenic landscapes.
Be in the lap of nature amidst the melodious chirping of the birds and chinkara grazing in the grasslands. Leave Pune early morning at around 4 for the best wildlife experience.
Best time to visit: August to February
Things to do: Bird watching and spotting birds like bee eaters, patridges, eagles from the watch towers, animals like foxes, hares and mongoose along with gazelle deer(chinkara), head to Bhigwan and Ujani Dam from here.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 119 kms approx
Karnala Bird Sanctuary is one of the most picturesque places to visit during rains.
It is advised to carry sufficient water and some food when you plan a trip here. Karnala Fort at the top is worth visiting even though it takes around 2-3 hours to reach there.
Best time to visit: August to April
Things to do: Trekking and spotting different varieties of birds, monkeys.
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 133 kms approx
Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve is popular for Indian Giant Squirrels.
Apart from that, it is a very renowned pilgrimage site too. Nature lovers would have a great time over here. Beware of leeches and potholes.
Best time to visit: October to May
Things to do: Bhimashankar Temple, Nagphani Trek, Waterfalls, spotting Indian Giant Squirrels, Try Pedha from local shops
Kalsubai Harischandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 155 kms approx
Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary has a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Feel like you are in the lap of nature in the mountainous terrain. This place is famed for its migratory birds in the months of October to March and various species of reptiles.
Best time to visit: August to December
Things to do: Spotting migratory as well as local birds, Trekking at the highest peak, Encounter with jungle cat and reptiles
Distance From Pune – 183 kms approx
A natural attraction near Koyna Dam is Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary.
Visiting it during rainfall adds to its beauty even more as there is enough water in the Koyna Dam and the nearby Thoseghar waterfall. The nature is at its best here when it rains.
Best time to visit: Rainy Season
Things to do: Spotting different reptiles, mammals and birds in Jungle Safari, Thoseghar Lake and waterfall, Satara
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 240 kms approx
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary.
This place is known for its bison population. Sunrise of Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary is worth experiencing. Photographers would have an excellent time over here.
Best time to visit: Summers and rainy season
Things to do: Watching birds like owlets, kingfishers, woodpeckers, Jeep Safari, Spot bisons and giant squirrels as well as monitor lizards, Bat cave, Radhanagari Dam
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance From Pune – 540 kms approx
This is one wildlife destination that can be visited on a lobg weekend break from Pune. For a perfect adventure trip, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary , in north Karnataka , is a great option.
Be it wildlife photography or thrilling water sports, you can experience it all over here. This place is a nature lovers paradise.
Best time to visit: March to October
Things to do: Spotting wild boars, hornbills, black panther and deer; Mulangi fall nearby; Syntheri Rocks; Crocodile Park; White water rafting; Kayaking
Melghat Tiger Reserve
Distance From Pune – 540 kms approx
Melghat Tiger Reserve is a great option to spot fierce wildlife like tigers and leopards.
The splendour of Sipna River is amazing during rains, but summer season is the recommended time for people who prefer to watch wildlife closely.
Best time to visit: March to May
Things to do: Take jeep safari and spot wild boars, deer and try your luck on spotting tigers; Bison herds; Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary
That’s in brief about the wildlife sanctuaries around Pune. In case you are planning for a longer trip, you can check out Gir National Park too. It is about 910 kilometers from Pune.