Wildlife Tours in Panchgani

Panchgani, a hill station, Southeast of Mumbai, is a favourite among travellers, especially for the wildlife in Panchgani and around it which is flocked by hordes of tourists every year. Green and gorgeous, Panchgani is abundant with trees, flora, animals, and birds and there’s no dearth of wildlife tours in Panchgani ensuring you explore every nook and corner to satisfy your love for nature.

Some of the most popular destinations are Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a short distance away from Panchgani but certainly worth a visit. Another interesting destination is Serbaug, ideally a resort but with a theme park which houses a unique fossil museum and a rare cacti collection. Doom Dam, although not essentially a wildlife spot, makes for a good opportunity to spot snakes, elephants, deer, and others, who saunter through the dense greenery.

Spread across Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar and other parts of Satara, destinations for wildlife in Panchgani are unique in their own way, and can easily be travelled to by Jeep or private car. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot some fauna by the side of the gently flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls of Panchgani.

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Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary:
40 kilometres from Panchgani, Koyna spans an area of 423 square kilometres and is a World Heritage Site for all the right reasons. Lush greenery, rivers flowing through the sanctuary, and needless to say, the magnificent fauna in its natural habitat is a highlight here. Bengal Tigers, barking deer, bisons, otters, woodpeckers, nightjars, bluebirds, King Cobras, pythons, the list of birds, mammals and reptiles you’ll spot here is truly endless! Make sure you go camping to Tapola, also known as Mini-Kashmir and in close proximity to Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary.

Formerly owned by the Queen of Indore, Sherbaug is revamped into a resort, so you can enjoy a luxurious stay while visiting the theme park on this property. Apart from a man-made waterfall and a nerve-wracking yet fun, horror house, Sherbaug is home to a fossil museum comprising a rare historic collection of fossils from dinosaur bones, zeolites, pieces of corals, desert rose, insects and more. Another interesting sight here is the Cactus Collection which appears to be in different shapes, sizes, and amazing colours! If you’re on the lookout for some never-seen-before natural wonders, this is the place to be!

Dhom Dam:
One of the largest civil engineering projects post-independence, designed for irrigation and hydroelectricity generation purposes, Dhom Dam lies on the Krishna River and is a beautiful sight, prettified by the elephants, horses, deer and other animals who stop by at the river for a drink. Although not a wildlife safari, spotting animals in their natural habitat, while you breathe in the beauty of Panchgani, has a charm of its own!

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