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Place : Kolhapur District, Maharashtra
Best time to visit : October - March
Significance : Famous for Radhnagiri Dam and the Dajipur Sanctuary.
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Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra State. It is about 40 km from Radhanagari and 80 km from Kolhapur. Dajipur is a beautiful place, where mountains end and Konkan starts. Pretty secluded place, it is best known for the Radhnagiri Dam and the Dajipur Sanctuary.

Also famous as a hillstation, it is a scenic spot near the backwaters of the Radhnagiri Dam. One can the see the lake from the resort, just opposite of the road. One of the best campsites in Maharashtra, Dijapur offers unforgettable moments in the midst of nature and makes the whole experience of a weekend just fabulous.

On the way to Dajipur there is a temple of Bhagvati Devi, a small temple in a calm and serene atmosphere. Tourist should visit this temple. The place is more beautiful especially during sunset. There is also a sunset point nearby.

Gagangiri Maharaj Math, located in the midst of dense forests and thick green vegetation is a renowned spiritual destination. It is an attractive place for meditation and Yoga.

Dajipur Sanctuary

Located about 30 Kms. from Kankavali station on the Konkan railway line, this sanctuary lies at the southern end of the Sahyadri sub-cluster. It attracts many tourists and nature lovers. It is home to the Indian Bison or gaur. Covering an area of 351.16, it's terrain is undulating with steep escarpments. Four major rivers Bhogavati, Dudhganga, Tulshi, Kallamma and Dirba drain this area and flow into the Krishna river, a major river of the Deccan Peninsula. The watch tower here gives a fantastic view of the whole forest and the Konkan. The sanctuary offers Jeep safari here.


The sanctuary with its thick forests is a must visit for botanical students. Most of the area is dense 'semi evergreen forest', southern moist mixed deciduous forest, southern evergreen forest with wide range of flora.

The main flora being Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba etc. Karvi is more abundantly seen in all over the area. Climbers such as Shikekai, Garambi are quite frequent. Shrubs species and Medicinal plants such as Karvand, Vagati, Ranmiri, Tamalpati, Toran, Dhayati, Kadipatta, Narkya, Murudsheng, etc. with small quantity of Bamboo are also found A large numbers of ephemerals, bulbs of seasonal plants are also found in this sanctuary.


Bison, the tallest and the most splendid of living wild oxen is the star attractions of Dajipur wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary has around 500 Bisons. Few other animals have the combination of bucolic charm and great-muscled power of the gaur. The herbivores include Sambhar, Chausinga, Jackal, Hyaena, Leopard, Sloth bear, Barking deer, Spotted Deer, Common Langur, Wild boar, Porcupine Hare, Giant squirrel, Wild dogs can be seen in Radhanagari.

The forests here are home to reptiles like Cobra, Python, Monitor Lizzard, Rat sanke etc. The wilderness of sanctuary offers an ideal habitat for a number of avian fauna such as vultures eagles, Jungle fowl, Quails, Plovers, Sand pipers, Owlets, Doves, Owls, Nightjars, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Flycatchers, Warblers, Wagtails, Sunbirds etc.