Thirty kilometres away from the town of Sangli, lies the quaint and undisturbed Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. This man made protected patch of flora and fauna is a laudable example of human efforts to conserve nature.
The sanctuary is spread over an area of 10.87 sq. km. and is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Many of those plants and animals are not native to the area and were introduced to the sanctuary as part of the conservation effort.
The forest was artificially cultivated and is a mix of dry mixed deciduous and thorn forest. Plants and trees growing in the sanctuary include Tamarind, Neem, Nilgiri, Acacia, Agave and Khair. Due to the protection provided many native plant species have also undergone regeneration.
The animal diversity is pretty impressive and includes several large and small species from Blackbuck, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Fox, Porcupines and Peacocks to a large number of insects as well as reptiles such as Pythons and Snakes.
Several temples adorn the landscape while the hill tops provide a spectacular view of the Krishna River flowing through sugarcane and grapevine fields. All this has made the sanctuary a popular tourist destination over the years.