Karanja Sohol Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for black bucks, which are also known as the Indian Antelopes. The black bucks are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Karanja-Sohol is just 18.32 sqs.km in area. The wildlife sanctuary is a small sanctuary situated in Washim district of Maharashtra state. The Sanctuary is situated in right side of Karanja-Manora and left side of Karanja-Darva state highway and is just 7 km from Karanja town. The main river of the sanctuary is Aadan. The sanctuary derives its name from the Karanja town & Sohal Village . The sanctuary is a part of catchment area of the Aadan reservoir and it forms aquatic habitat for many floral and faunal species. The entire district has almost alluvial track drained by the Purna, Katepurna, Aadan and Painganga rivers. The sanctuary attracts large number of winter migratory birds between November and March. The landscape is undulating and offer interesting contrast between the plateau and the plains. the tract is undulating, interspersed with open grasslands and wooded areas.

Accomodation

AN ECO-TOURISM COMPLEX IS PROPOSED TO BE CREATED ON SOUTH-EASTERN PERIPHERAL PART OF THE SANCTUARY NEAR VILLAGE PIMPRI,.. WHICH IS NEAR TO ADAN DAM. ADAN DAM IS A LARGE WATER BODY AND ALSO A POTENTIAL SITE OF MIGRATORY BIRDS. Private lodges are available at karanja town for stay.

Features

Flora

The forest is “Southern Tropical Dry-deciduous Forests” in which Teak & Tendu is a predominant species.

Founa

17 mammalian species, 75 avian species, 18 reptilian species, 3 amphibian species and 23 fish species, 48 butterfly and spider species under faunal diversity. Chital, Sambar, Neelgai, Black buck, wolf, Barking deer, Wild boar, Porcupine, Hyena, Jungle Cat etc are found in the Sanctuary.

Climate/Weather

It is having a very extreme climate, the winters are very cold where as the summers are very hot.

Mobile Range

All major mobile networks are available.

Nearest Petrol Pump

In the Karanja town.

Tips and Suggestions

Wear loose fitting and simple clothes that blend with the sanctuary surroundings.

Interesting Things to do

Foot trekking.

Interesting Things to visit

The religious and archaeological monuments in adjoining parts, add to the importance of the area. The old historical Hemad Panthi Shiva Temple at village Raperi on the periphery of sanctuary area is visited by the locals throughout the year and it is a pilgrimage place. You can also visit Ajanta caves, Lonar lake, Guru Nrusinh birth place Karanja, Rishi Talav Karanja, Balaji of Mehakar, Gajanan Maharaj Temple of Shegaon, Forts of Balapur and Narnala.

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Location Information

Address: It is just 7 km near to Karanja in Washim District at Maharashtra.
District:Washim
Nearest City: Karanja, Manora, Murtizapur, Darva etc.
Best time to visit: The best season for visit is from November to March.

How to reach

Nearest Railway Station:
Akola Railway station of Central Railway.
Nearest Airport:
Nagpur 225 km & Aurangabad 250 km.
Road Transport:
Buses, Taxis from all major cities in Vidharbha up to Karanja Lad.
Karanja Sohol Wildlife Sanctuary Contacts & Suggestions Address:
Divisional forest officer, Akola Wildlife Division, Railway station road, Akola.