Chandoli National Park is located near the Chandoli Dam near Sangli in Western Maharashtra. It is located at the junction of Sangli District, Kolhapur District, Satara District and Ratnagiri District. It lies between the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary and forms the southern part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Project Tiger reserve declared Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary on May 21, 2007.
The historical places of the park include the 17th century Shivaji’s Forts, Prachitgad and Bhairavgad, of the Maratha kings Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj. Ruins of the Bhavani temples palatial buildings in Prachitigad and Kalavantin vihir describe the ancient glory of the Maratha Empire. Most of the protected area was used an open jail for the “prisoners of war” of the early Imperial Maratha Conquests during Shivaji Maharaj’s rule. Sambhaji Maharaj used Prachitgad as an observation point and recreational place.
Grasses commonly seen here include bangala or bluestem grass sp., dongari or golden beard grass (fulvous), black spear grass, kalikusli or tangle grass, anjan grass or buffel grass, grader grass or karad or kangaroo grass (quadrivalvis) and grasses belonging to Poaceae family, like saphet-kusli or Aristida funiculata. Insectivorous plant species like sundews and bladderworts sp. are also found in this protected area.
Attractive places like Kandhardoh and Kandhardoh Falls, Tanali falls and Vasant Sagar Lake are places of tourist importance in the park. Charming points like Kokan darshan, Zolambi sada and the virgin forest of Rundiv add to the recreation value.
Best time to visit is October to February. June to September have heavy rainfall over 3,500 mm
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