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About Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary

The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of about 180 sq km. It is just about 50km away from Nagpur and 60 km from Bhandara spread over Pauni Tahsil of Bhandara district and Umred, Kuhi and Bhivapur Taluka of Nagpur district. This Sanctuary has also connection with Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve through forest along Wainganga river. The sanctuary is home to resident breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and rare animals like flying squirrels, pangolins and honey badger.

It is bounded roughly by the Wainganga river and the GosiKhurd Dam on the northeast,

State Highway 9 and Bhiwapur Town on the south, Umred on the west and a narrow 10 km long range of 600-800 m hills to the northwest side of the sanctuary. It is located 40 km north of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and 50 km southwest of Nagzira Wildlife Sanctury & 60 km from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Pench Tiger Reserve is 80 km to the

It inhabits a large variety of flora and fauna and attracts a good number of tourists every year. The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary inhabits a wide array of animal species from tigers to wild dogs. One can also spot the rare animals such as pangolins, honey badger and pangolins. The large area of the sanctuary is fed by the Wainganga River and the Gosikhurd dam. The region under the sanctuary is divided into two divisions namely Bhandara division and Nagpur division. These divisions are further divided by the Maru River that joins the Vainganga River later. The Umred Karhandla sanctuary is in close proximity of Nagpur and Umred city. It has been attracting a large numbers of tourists, which has been increasing since past few years. Sights of majestic cats are quite common in the region around the tiger reserve. The sanctuary serves as great link between the areas of Nagzira, Tadoba, Bor and Pench. This connection proves helpful tourists visiting the place. A motor able road of good quality which is about 100km long has been constructed in the sanctuary. It allows the tourists to commute in the area. 30 local people from the nearby village have been trained by the forest department of the state. They have been employed as guides to show the visitors around the forest. Karhandla village is the main entrance to the sanctuary. The local people in the region are very helpful. After Pench, Umred Karhandla is one of the most visited sanctuaries of our Maharshtra. Every year a large number of wildlife observers visit the sanctuary and get the most out of their safari trip. Observing the wildlife in the sanctuary is the most exciting adventure of a large population of wildlife enthusiasts.

What can you expect to see?

Fauna at Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary

The long list of wildlife found in the region keeps increasing every year. The varied diversity of animal species include sambars, bisons, wild dogs, nilgais, sloth bears, deer, tigers and leopards. Other animals spotted in the region are Indian small civet, wolves, Indian foxes, Ratels, Jungle cats, jackals and bluebuck. A good population of tigers has been reported in the region of Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary. The increasing number of tigers attracts thousands of visitors every year. The rising tiger population of the sanctuary is the result of flourishing prey population in the region. The sanctuary is a sheer delight for all the bird lovers and bird watchers. 180 species birds that belong to 46 different families are found in the sanctuary region. 10 species of migratory birds and 9 species of endangered birds are also seen here in the sanctuary region. Reptile species are also found near the water source available in the sanctuary. The species include Rat snake, common monitor lizard, russels viper, Indian Cobra, Checkered keel back and Indian rock python. A variety of insect species are also found in the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary. These species include beetles, ant and butterflies. Moths and butterfly of varied patterns and types can be spotted in the region. The sanctuary also shelters arachnids. An endangered Danaid egg fly which is being protected under wildlife protection act.

Flora at Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary

The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary boasts of a wide range of flora diversity. The forests are mainly covered with dry deciduous trees which are part of southern tropical forest. The major part of the forest is a mixture of varied plant species. Teak is predominantly found in the region and covers sixty percent of the forest composition. The rich density of this tree varies from 0.6 to 0.8. Along with teak there are many other plants and trees that form a significant diversity of flora in the sanctuary. These trees and plants include Ain, Tendu, Tiwas, Semal, Mohuwa, Achar, Bhirra, dhaoda, Lendia and many more. These plants add to the aesthetic beauty of the region by imparting them lush greenery. Also they serve as a good source of food for the large population of herbivores who feed themselves through these plants. These animals in turn serve as food to the carnivores residing the sanctuary region.