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.
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.
The forest is “Southern Tropical Dry-deciduous Forests” in which Teak & Tendu is a predominant species.
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.
It is having a very extreme climate, the winters are very cold where as the summers are very hot.
All major mobile networks are available.
In the Karanja town.
Wear loose fitting and simple clothes that blend with the sanctuary surroundings.
Address: It is just 7 km near to Karanja in Washim District at Maharashtra.
Nearest City: Karanja, Manora, Murtizapur, Darva etc.
Best time to visit: The best season for visit is from November to March.
Nearest Railway Station:
Akola Railway station of Central Railway.
Nagpur 225 km & Aurangabad 250 km.
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.