Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary in Yavatmal district is a secluded national park in Maharashtra. The tipeshwar forest allows you to explore large varieties of wildlife species!
Best Time To Visit: March to May is the ideal time to visit the sanctuary. It’s the time when the height of bushes and grasslands remains low, therefore the chances of spotting animals increases.They are also easily found near water bodies during summer months!
Location Address: Tipeshwar, Pandarkawada Taluka, Yavatmal district, Maharashtra (India) – 445 302.
Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary Information
This sanctuary is located in Pandarkawada region of Yavatmal district that covers an area of 148.63 sq.km. Particularly, the sanctuary lies amidst the Patanbori and Parwa Ranges of the Pandarkawad Forest Division. It is one of the famous sanctuaries in Maharashtra. This sanctuary is popular known for its hilly-undulating terrain and wildlife diversity. The Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary derives its name from the ‘Goddess Tipai’ situated near the Tipeshwar village in the sanctuary region.
Mathni and Sunna are gates of the sanctuary. This sanctuary is not known to many people hence less number of people visit Tipeshwar national park. Various villages are situated amidst the sanctuary region and local people depend on the forest for their daily activities. As sanctuary is situated in a very remote region of Maharashtra, it has a rich wildlife and bio-diversity. Visitors can drive their own vehicles inside this forest. However, they must take a local guide along with them.[caption id="attachment_1489" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tiger cooling down in water body![/caption]
Wildlife In Tipeshwar Forest
This forest acts as a home to 29 species of mammals, 160 species of birds and 26 species of reptiles. Out of 26 species of reptiles, 6 falls under endangered category.
- Flora: Flora inside the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary mostly consist of southern tropical moist mixed forests, shrubs and green grasslands. Trees like Aawla, Ain, Teak and Timber are there in this sanctuary. There are Mangrove forests consisting of shrubs and trees particularly belonging to inter-tidal zone in India. All these flora species acts against soil erosion and their roots also trace elements floating near them.
- Animals: Main attraction of this sanctuary is Tiger, Leopard, Hyenas, Bluebull, Peacock, Wild Boar and Bear. Animals like the Black Buck, Blue Bull, Monkey, Chital, Spotted Dear, Sambar, Hare, Snake, Jackal, Wild Cat and Wolf lives in the Tipeshwar forest of Yavatmal.
- Birds: Various species of birds like Oriental honey buzzards, Rock bush quails, Brown fish owl, Indian nightjar, Crested serpent eagles, Racket-tailed drongos, Francolins, Asian paradise flycatchers and much more stays in this forest.
- Reptiles: Large number of reptiles like Checkered keel back, Indian Cobra, Rock Python, Russel’s Viper and other Viperine Snakes live over here. This sanctuary also acts as a home to non-poisonous reptiles like common Monitor Lizard.
- Insects: Apart from animals, a large variety of ant species, butterflies & insects are found in the Tipeshwar national park.
Geography of Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Rivers like Krishna, Purna, Bhima and Tapti irrigates the sanctuary from all sides. Due to abundant water from all these rivers, it is also called as Green Oasis (watering place) of the Southern Maharashtra. The temperature of the region mostly remains pleasant all year round. The tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary area is actually a basalt area formed by the explosion of lava a century back. This region is highly appreciated for the variety of flora like herbs, grasses, bamboo forests and animal life.
This sanctuary is surrounded by many popular wildlife reserves like Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhamragarh Wildlife Reserve, Nagzira National Forest, Navegaon National Park, Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Pench National Park and Painganga National Park. Therefore, tigers from these sanctuaries usually enter inside the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.[caption id="attachment_1490" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bluebull (Neelgai)[/caption]
IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION
Tipeshwar Online Bookings
Online bookings for the visit of this sanctuary can be done at this link.
How To Reach Tipeshwar:
- Nearest Bus Stop: The Pandharkawada bus station is the nearest bus stop to reach the sanctuary. It is 22 km away from the sanctuary on the National Highway-7. Buses from Nagpur and nearby towns ply regularly to Pandharkawada.
- Nearest Railway Station: Adilabad station is the nearest railhead to reach the sanctuary. This station is 35 km away from the sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh state. Yavatmal station (70 km) is another option to reach Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary. Private taxies are available outside the station.
- Nearest Airport: Sonegaon airport in Nagpur is the closest airport to reach the sanctuary. The distance between airport and sanctuary is 172 km. You can catch private vehicles outside the station to reach the sanctuary.
Staying Options / Accommodation: There are 2 rest houses, 5 tents and 3 huts owned by the forest department. All these means of accommodation are situated in the Pandharkawada region. Private accommodation is not available nearby the sanctuary. Few resorts & hotels are there few kilometers away from the Pandharkawada.
Wildlife safaris inside the Tipeshwar forest are allowed in two halfs – 1) 05:30 am to 11:00 am and2) 02:00 pm to 06:30 pm. Timings of safari vary by +/- 1 hour (both ways) throughout the year. Please note that the sanctuary remains closed on every Monday.
Time Required: Total route of 45 km is allocated for the tourism activities inside the sanctuary. 4 to 5 hours are sufficient to see the forest (Unless you want to spot some special animal!).
Entry Fees / Ticket Rates:
Ticket charges for tourists are Rs. 50/- per adult (above 12 years) and Rs. 25/- per kid (below 12 years).
Vehicle Charges: Forest department does not have their Gypsies inside the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary. Hence private vehicles are allowed to enter the forest. Forest authorities take Rs. 100 per car or jeep and Rs.200 per mini bus. However, only 6 vehicles are allowed at one time from each gate.
Guide Requirement: Taking guide along with each vehicle is mandatory for the safety of tourists. Charges for a guide are around 300 rs.
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Apart from wildlife, Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary also shows the life of people living in remote locations and how they completely depend on the forest for their daily needs. It’s a must visit spot in Yavatmal!