Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary – Safari & Review!

Yawal wildlife sanctuary safari in Jalgaon offers an amazing wildlife treat for nature lovers. Wide species of animals, birds, plants & another biodiversity can be seen in this sanctuary. Lets see the review of this amazing place!

Location: Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary, 117 kms from Jalgaon city, Jalgaon District, Yawal Pin Code – 425 302, Maharashtra.


Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. Expanded over an extensive area of 177.52 sq.kms, it offers a good wildlife treat. An excellent wildlife habitat is maintained in this wildlife reserve. The sanctuary is nestled in western Satpuda mountain ranges. This is among the best sanctuaries in the Maharashtra. A dam built over Sukki River helps to irrigate the sanctuary. This dam remains filled up with water throughout the year.

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The family of Chinkara’s!

©Ronak Rajani

A Large variety of Flora & fauna is present in Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is similar to the Melghat Tiger Reserve which is situated near this sanctuary only. Tiger and flying squirrel are the major and most famous animals of Yawal Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is situated on the boundaries of Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh. One can see rich biodiversity, flora & fauna in Yawal wildlife sanctuary safari. One can experience amazing beauty of nature in this sanctuary. It is a perfect place to enjoy magnificent wildlife habitat along with the beautiful natural scenery. Yawal forest reserve is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra and India as well.

Wildlife in Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Flora (Plant Species)

The sanctuary is enriched with a variety of flora including Teak, Amla, Tiwas, Salai, Anjan, Tendu & other plants. Various Trees like such as Ain, ShisamCharoli, Jamun & Bamboo are widely found in this region.

Other flora species in this forest are Bel, Babul, Palas, Dhawda, Kauriculata, Sal, Casia, Species of Terminenalia, Helicteres, Salaia, BijaZizphus etc. Shrubs like Nirgudi and grass species are widely present in this sanctuary.

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Nilgai or Blue Bull!

©Abhyuday singh


  • Animals: Animals found in Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary Are Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Feline, Fox, Wild Pig, Palm Civet, Wolf, Chinkara, Nilgai, Wild Pooch, Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer etc.
  • Butterflies: Blue tiger Butterflies can also be spotted in this reserve. These butterflies generally spotted on Nirgudi Plants.
  • Amphibians: Many water frogs are there inside the river.
  • Birds: Sanctuary serves as a home to a lot of birds. Many migratory birds too visit the sanctuary and adds scenic beauty to this place. You can spot various types of land birds, grass birds and hill birds are found in Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary safari. Birds like Red Wattled Lapwing, Black Headed Ibis, Black Winged Stilt, Hoopoe, Little Egret, Cattle Egret and many other birds can be spotted in this area.

Sanctuary border lies along the banks of the Anner river and Manjal river that flows towards the Madhya Pradesh. This is really a good spot for Adventure & wildlife lovers. One can capture some amazing landscape snaps at this river side!

Rare Species of Palm Civet!


One training centre is situated for forest guards across one small river. Deer breeding and rescue centre is also maintained in Yawal wildlife sanctuary. The span of the river between Forest Bungalow and Training Centre provides an awesome treat for bird lovers. Various species of birds are found in this part of the sanctuary. Some teak smugglers (locally called as “Gullewale”) from Madhya Pradesh have damaged some of the jungle heavily. They have cut very big trees by creating good relations with some people.

Attractions Nearby Yawal Forest

  • Garbaldi Dam
  • Manudevi Temple
  • Swinging Towers of Farkande
  • Unapdev Hot Water Springs
  • Temples of Saint Chaangdev  & Saint Muktabaai.
  • Patnadevi
  • Parola Fort

Mobile phone network connectivity gets lost in some part of the forest. Forest official people rely on the wireless communication system for staying in contact.

There is also one small dam called as Garbaldi Dam in Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a 42-meter-high water reservoir. The dam was built in 1977 as a part of the Suki Project. Tourists can visit this dam and is situated just 10 kms south of Pal village. One can see many birds nearby the dam region. Some local fishermen can also be spotted in boats. Species of freshwater fishes are caught in this dam and sold at Pal.


Best Time To Visit: November to April is the ideal time to visit this sanctuary. The weather remains pleasant during these months. Possibilities of spotting big animals like Tigers or Leopards increases in the summer season. It is advisable not to visit this sanctuary in the rainy season.

How To Reach There: The sanctuary is well connected by road to raver town which is at a distance of 25 Kms from the sanctuary.

  • By Road: Proceed up to Dhule via MumbaiAgra Highway (NH 3) and then take NH-6 (Dhule-Kolkata) highway. NH-6 passes through Jalgaon and Bhusawal cities. After passing Bhusawal and crossing the Tapi river, the road to Pal village goes via State Highway-4.  Rest houses of Forest Department are situated in Pal village.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Raver(25 kms) station is the nearest railway station to this sanctuary. The station is situated on Mumbai-Bhusawal Khandwa railway line.
  • Nearest Airport: Jalgaon (95 kms) & Aurangabad (255 Kms) are the closest airports to reach the sanctuary. One can take taxi’s or jeeps from the airport up to the Sanctuary.
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Barking Deer!

©Jaydeep Yadav

Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary Accommodation: Forest department has their own rest houses in Yawal forest. Rest houses are situated in Pal village and in Langda Amba. The distance between Pal and Langda Amba is 33 kms. Rest house at Langda Amba was built during the British era. They provide decent accommodation facilities for tourists. Pal village near the sanctuary has various bungalows & rest houses for accommodation purpose. The village is well connected by roads.


Sanctuary region receives a heavy rainfall during monsoon and entire sanctuary region becomes muddy. So it is recommended not to visit here during monsoon season. Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary safari starts from the month of November. The temperature in winter months remains between 20°C to 28°C. In summer months, it remains between 20°C to 35°C

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