Over a hundred years old Radhanagari Dam, is a gravity dam built on Bhogawati river in Radhanagari, Kolhapur in State of Maharashtra, India. Dam’s construction was initiated by visionary Shree Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj the ruler of Kolhapur on 18 February 1907. Dam is basically being used for irrigation as well as hydro-electricity power generation.
This dam primarily used for hydro-electricity power generation and also for irrigation purposes. The dam is 1037 meters long, covering about 11,000 hectares of wooded hills that surround the Radhanagiri Dam. There is also a hydroelectric project with an installed capacity of 10 MW. This dam mainly supplies water to the Kolhapur District.
The dam is located at a scenic spot, with a stunningly spectacular backdrop of thick forest covers. The dam site is a habitat for many birds and varied flora. Visitors gather here in large numbers each year to experience the spectacular bird species that grace the area around the Radhanagiri Dam.
Radhanagiri Dam is surrounded with a backdrop of thick forest cover. Er. Pandurangrrao Shinde, served as the chief engineer during the last phase of construction of this dam. The dam is know for the technology of its kind, used for the dam, i.e. the gates of the Dam open automatically depending on water pressure. Radhanagri Dam support large variety of Flaura n Fauna. It is surrounded by dense forest and has good variety of wildlife.
The dam is a home to some of the most rarest and spectacular birds. The dam has picturesque surroundings and beautiful lush green forests all around make it a pleasure to visit this site.
Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary (Marathi: राधानगरी वन्यजीव अभयारण्य) also known as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary. Was established in 1958 and it covers the area of around 351.16 square kilometres i.e 135.58 sq mi. It is located in Sahyadri hill ranges.
It is the first declared wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, India.
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary blessed with around 425 species of plants. Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, etc are one of the main species found here along with Climbing plants such as shikekai and garambi are common.
Radhanagari Sanctuary has 47 species of Mammals, 59 species of reptiles, 264 species of birds and 66 species of butterflies.
Indian bison or gaur, Indian leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, barking deer, mouse deer, sambar, giant squirrel and wild dogs . In recent years, 6 to 12 tigers were reported in Dajipur forest 2007-08. (anonymous reports- not yet confirmed)
Birds seen here include: vultures, eagles, jungle fowl, quails, plovers, sandpipers, owlets, doves, owls, nightjars, kingfishers, bee-eater, hornbills, woodpeckers, bulbul, flycatchers, warblers, wagtails, sunbirds are commonly seen.
The nearest rail station is at Kolhapur, 45 km (28 mi). For accommodations, there is a forest rest house, dak bungalow, and a dormitory managed by the Deputy Conservator of Forests – Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India ( 91-231-2542766). There are two rest houses for the visitors. One at Dajipur and the other on the top of hill. The entry passes are issued from 7am to 2:30pm. However the entry inside the sanctuary is allowed from Sunrise to sunset. The private cars/jeeps are permitted inside the sanctuary. The roads are narrow and made by water bound macadam (WBM), so they are closed in rainy season. The vehicles are permitted up to the Shivrai sada, which is a large open ground with a water pond in the center. The wild animals visit the pond for water during sunrise and sunset.
Website : http://www.radhanagari.in/