Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary

Latest update (November 2014) on contact numbers for Forest guard of Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - shared with me by one of the blog readers :-)

Mr. Temkar is in the position of Forest Guard now and you may contact him at
08983098110 and 0927370957
phone no. update as on 14/04/2014    +91 9225 566 024 
Mr.Temkar's no is changed to 9273709574 (14/11/2014) - Thanks to Anish for update

Area - 52.73
Formation - 25 Feb 1986
Controlled by - wildlife Division, Thane
History - It was hunting reserve of Janjira state, prior to 1948 this was game sanctury. It has uniqueness of vegetation normally associated with high altitude and inland areas, it ranks high among biodiversity hotspots of the Western Ghats ecosystem 

Pune - Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary distance = 153 kms
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Mumbai - Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary distance 138 km
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I visited Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on 22/01/2010, and the experience was great :-) its real dense forest .. u can drive in the car long way .. but obviously then u can not see a single animal then !! due to the engine noise, and guess right I did use my car and could not see any animal !! ha ! ha !!! but I wanted to hv quick & deep look so as to plan for the next visit for staying there in tents or the bamboo house.

its located ~ 150 kms from Mumbai & 150 kms from Pune too :-)

its on Murud - Roha road

What do I see
And as I could get the preliminary information, the forest is known for the presence of Leopard. As well as u will find wide variety of flowers, butterfly, Heyena, Jungle cat, Palm civet, Sambhar, Barking deer, Bonnet Macaque, Wild boar , giant squirrel, 164 types of birds (including the interesting Pied hornbill, Three toed Kingfisher, Malkoha, Pitta), 90 species of butterflies (including Common Map, Black Prince, Nawab, Blue Mormon), 27 species of poisonous and non poisonous snakes, 718 types of trees !!! amazing !!! make sure u visit it with at least one stay, so that u will be able to see forest in early morning and night time with the help of forest guards.( refer to phone numbers in the blog post end)

Entrance to the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary

entrance to the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
Map displayed at the entrance

map of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
What you will be able to see there

what to see at Phansad Wildlife SanctuaryView from the observation tower

view from observation tower at Phansad Wildlife SanctuaryAging !!
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
The shape !!!

Phansad Wildlife SanctuaryEntangled !!!

Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - dense jungle
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - jungleFeel the dense forest :-)

Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - jungleYou can stay in these tents :-) (presently there are two tents)

Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - tent house

Or the better option is this beautiful bamboo house

Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - bamboo house
Bookings for the guest house contact :-
Deputy Conservator of Forests, (Wildlife),
Thane Wildlife Division, L.B.S.Marg, Naupada,
Thane (West), Maharashtra India 400 602.

Bookings for the tent or the bamboo house :- phone numbers as on 22/01/2010
Mr. Harishchandra Naik 9270892679 or 09270251369 (Forest Gaurd - Phansad)

Enjoy Local Food :
There is a "Mahila Bachat Gat" named as "Gavdevi Mahila Bachat Gat" which can provide pure Gavran food to u during ur stay. Gavdevi Mahila Bachat Gat is headed by Savita Naik which consists of 12 team members. (Reference "Sakal - Pune" news dated 01/02/2010, a news by Chitali Chandorkar)

some more information can be found at :
They have launched official website for Phansad wildlife sanctuary - visit at

for complete information on Revdanda & places nearby do read my post "Revdanda sea beach"