About Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Thane District of Maharashtra. This wildlife sanctuary is expanded over an area of approximately 320 sq.km which encompasses the whole Catchment area of the Tansa Lake along with the forests surrounding it. These forests comprises of Shahapur, Khardi, Vaitarna and Wada Ranges in Shahapur Taluka of Thane District. The Tansa Lake which is engulfed by this wildlife sanctuary forms an important source of water for the entire Mumbai and Thane district apart from the vast variety of wild life present in this sanctuary and the nearby forests. Due to its proximity to Mumbai and Thane, this wildlife sanctuary is visited by many people throughout the year for its vast richness in the varied species of flora and fauna.
Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wild richness in flora and fauna. The sanctuary is located amidst many forests spread over in the wide area of Thane District. The sanctuary is around 5 times bigger than that of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This place offers a great attraction to tourists visiting this place from all over Maharashtra. The place is known for being a house to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Among animals the sanctuary hosts an encompassing variety of more than 50 species of animals and around 250 species of birds. Among animals the worth watching species which are rare and hard to find elsewhere include Mouse deer, Jackal, Four- horned Antelope, Panther, Wild boar, Barking Deer, Hare, Hyena and many more. The rare species of birds that can seen here in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary include Egrets, Herons, Stork, Vultures, Osprey, White Stork, Cranes, Spoonbills, Peafowl and Harriers.
Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many well known and rare species of flora including Teak, Khair, Ain, Kalamb (Mitrgyna Parviflora), Bamboo, Bibla and many more. The sanctuary actually resembles to that of a thick, dense, deciduous forest.
How to Reach Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport for Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is the Mumbai Airport, around 90 km away. If one plans to visit this sanctuary by train, then the nearest rail station is Atgaon Station around 13 km from the sanctuary. Atgaon station falls on the Mumbai CST – Kasara Line (Central) and is just 13 km from the sanctuary. People coming from Pune, Karjat and other places should get down at Kalyan and take a train to Kasara and get off at Atgaon. One, who wishes to come down by road, should take the Mumbai – Agra Highway (NH No. 3) and should access the sanctuary from Shahapur.
Best time to visit Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to May. During winters up to mid-summers the sanctuary is at its best. Monsoons however are not recommended for paying a visit to the sanctuary as animals usually go for hideouts due to heavy rains. There is also possibility of severe floods in Tansa Lake during monsoons. Hence visit the sanctuary during winters up to Mid –summers.
Places to visit nearby Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
Apart from the sanctuary few other places that one can visit nearby include famous, historical Mahuli Fort,Suryamal Plateau and Mahadeo Temple located at Tilsa. Mahuli Fort is a beautiful hill fort located in the Kasara area of Thane District. The fort is located amidst dense mountains and offers a panoramic view of the Suryamal Plateau and Tansa Lake. Suryamal Plateau is one of the famous plateau located in the Thane district. The plateau offers a panoramic view of the beautiful forests and valleys close by. The beautiful Shiva Temple, referred as the Mahadeo Temple located at Tilsa closer to the sanctuary is worth visiting.
Accommodation Facilities at Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
The accommodation is made available at the Log House as well as the Ascu Huts positioned near Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. Additionally accommodations can also be made available at Forest Rest House located in the Suryamal Area of Shahapur District. These accommodations are to be reserved prior to your visit and that can be done through the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Wildlife located at Thane.
Address of DCF for prior bookings:
Deputy Conservator of Forests Wildlife
Thane Wildlife Division
Naupada, Thane (west)
Pincode - 400602