Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 73.69 sq.km. and the sanctuary derives its name from the Katepurna River, which flows south to Northward almost through the central part of the sanctuary. This sanctuary area is a catchment of Katepurna reservoir and it forms aquatic habitat for many floral and faunal species. The landscape is undulating and offer interesting contrast between the plateau and the plains. Katepurna reservoir provides perennial water source as well as picturesque site for nature lovers. The reservoir is also rich in aquatic biodiversity of various types of fishes. The Sanctuary attracts large number of winter migratory birds between November and March. The administration and management of this sanctuary comes under the control of Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife), Akola.

Accomodation

An Eco-tourism complex is created on north-eastern peripheral part of the sanctuary near village Wagha. Wagha village is entry point to the sanctuary on Akola-Mangrulpir State Highway. 4 VIP Suits, 2 Eco Huts and 1 Deluxe Hut is available for the touriest and the can be booked online on www.magicalmelghat.com

Features

Flora

50 tree species, 23 herb and shrub species, 8 climber species, 18 grass species under floral diversity.The main species are Ain, Dhawada, Kalamb, Salai, Haldu, Medshing, Tendu etc. Trees of Vad, Umber, Arjun, Kalamb are found in the moist areas.

Founa

The Sanctuary attracts large number of winter migratory birds. The important wildlife found in the area are Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Blue Bull, Chital, Black buck, Barking deer, Sloth bear, Wild boar etc.

Climate/Weather

The summer is hot and dry, whereas winters are very cold & pleasant.

Mobile Range

All mobile network range is available.

Nearest Petrol Pump

Mahan Village (4km)

Tips and Suggestions

Wear loose fitting and simple clothes that blend with the sanctuary surroundings.

Things to carry - Equip yourself with all necessary amenities like trekking kit, cameras and binoculars. Always put a personal first-aid-box in your bag, plenty of water.

Accomodation

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

An Eco-tourism complex is created on north-eastern peripheral part of the sanctuary near village Wagha. Wagha village is entry point to the sanctuary on Akola-Mangrulpir State Highway. 4 VIP Suits, 2 Eco Huts and 1 Deluxe Hut is available for the touriest and the can be booked online on

www.magicalmelghat.com

Interesting Activities

Following Activities are available to the tourists:

  • Nature Interpretation Center
  • Nature Trail
  • Children park at Wagha
  • Watch Towers
  • Hideout
  • Boating
  • Jungle Safari
  • Accommodation
  • Bird watching

Nearest Places to Visit

The religious and archaeological monuments in adjoining parts, add to the importance of the area. The old historical Hembad Panthi Shiva Temple at village in the sanctuary area is visited by the locals throughout the year and it is a pilgrimage place.
You can also visit Ajanta caves, Lonar lake, Jijabai's birth place Sindkhedraja, Balaji of Deolgaonraja, Gajanan Maharaj Temple of Shegaon, Melghat Tiger Project in Amravati district, Forts of Balapur and Narnala can be attracted to this sanctuary.

www.magicalmelghat.com.
www.dnyangangawildlifesanctuary.com.
www.lonarwildlifesanctuary.com.
www.karanjasoholwildlifesanctuary.com.

Location Information

Address:- Katepurna Sanctuary is situated on the right hand side of Akola-Mangrulpir State Highway which is just 37 km from Akola town.
District:- Sanctuary spreads over in Akola and Washim district.
Nearest City:-Akola, Washim, Mangrulpir
Best time to visit:The best season for visit is from November to March, but is good through out the year.

How to reach

Nearest Railway Station- Akola Railway station is nearest (37 km).
Nearest Airport- Nagpur Airport is 225 km & Aurangabad Airpot is 250 km.
Road- Buses from all major cities come to Akola and frequent Bus services and Taxi services are available on Akola-Mangrulpir state highway No.69. Distance 37 km. from Akola.