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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary:The koyna wildlife Sanctuary is an exotic sanctuary dotted with an abundance of flora and fauna. Nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats, the sanctuary sprawls over an area of about 426.52 sq km. It forms the northern portion of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, with Chandoli National Park forming the southern part of the reserve. It forms the catchments area for the Koyna River, and the Shivasagar reservoir formed by the Koyna Dam. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by natural protective boundaries - Shivasagar Lake on one side, and the slopes of the Western Ghats on both the sides. These geographic barriers have enabled the emergence of a wide variety of flora and fauna and high biodiversity in the sanctuary. Due to the wide range of elevations in the sanctuary, the ecoregions in the sanctuary include North Western Ghats montane rain forests above 1,000 m(3,300 ft) and North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests below. Dominant species are Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela and Bibba. Karvi is found almost all over the area


The sanctuary has a diverse variety of mammals including the keystone speciesBengal tigers. Also, Indian leopards, Indian bison, sloth bears, sambar deer, barking deer and mouse deer, Smooth-coated otters and Indian Giant Squirrels are common.


Another attraction of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is Vasota Fort which lies deep in the forests. Perched at a height of 1120 m above sea level, the fort is said to have been constructed by the Malwa king Raja Bhoja in 1170 AD. Situated on the south of the sanctuary is the Chandoli National Park.


Koyana Dam :

The Koyna Dam is the largest dams in Maharashtra, India. It is a rubble-concrete dam constructed on Koyna River which rises in Mahabaleshwar, a hillstation in Sahyadri ranges. It is located in Koyna Nagar,Satara district, nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun and Karad. oday the Koyna Hydroelectric Project is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in India having a total installed capacity of 1,920 MW. Due to its electricity generating potential Koyna river is considered as the 'Life line of Maharashtra'



Nehru Garden :

This garden is built in the memory of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru first prime minster of independent India. This is one of the famous gardens in the west Maharashtra region. The panchadhara Dam or Panchadhara Ghumat reminds us at panchashil principles of Pandit Nehru. It has a audio video interpretation centre that gives information about the history of the koyna dam.