The sanctuary is
located in the northern part of the Western Ghats. It is spread over the three
districts Pune, Thane and Raigad. There is a shrine in the forest with the
Jyotirlinga, temple of Lord Shiva. Two major tributaries of river Krishna namely
Bhima and Ghod originate from this area. The valley is a splendid combination of
plant and animal life.
The main forest of this sanctuary is the southern tropical semi evergreen
forest. Tourists can find wide range of plant life, magical herbs, and shrubs.
Dominant species are Mango, Jamun, Hirda, Behda, Bamboo, Shrub, Herbs, Climber,
Grass, and Fern.
The area is rich in fauna since there is variety of forest types in the
sanctuary. The wild life found here includes Leopards, Barking Deer, Sambar,
Wild Boar, Langur, and Hyena. Among the birds one will be able to find Malabar
Grey Hornbill, Quaker Babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Green Pigeon, Black
Eagle, Grey Jungle Fowl and many, many more. One might get to see the great
butterfly brigade and Malabar Giant Squirrel, one of the largest of tree
squirrels found over here, well over three feet long.