Wildlife at Mayureshwar Sanctuary, Pune

Situated at around 70 KMs from Pune, Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Tehsil Baramati in Pune district. The sanctuary is mostly made up of dry deciduous scrub forest and has a variety of flora and fauna specific to grasslands. Being a very small sanctuary (smallest in India), it can be easily covered in a day and is one of our favourite places for bird-watching as we have come across a good number of bird species as well mammals in the sanctuary.

Anyone who is visiting Mayureshwar WLS, has to 1st make an entry and pay the required fees at the forest office near the main gate (https://goo.gl/maps/pSz8BKKmsX62). After completing the formalities, one can proceed on the trails. Trails maps are available at office, so do ask for one.

The main trail (https://goo.gl/maps/nQgecAEvfzE2) is on the right side of the tar road (you get a huge green gate), however if you don’t take the right and continue on the tar road you will see a trail (https://goo.gl/maps/X2FWwiJWxXB2) on left as well. There are also few watch towers in place, however we have never used them much. Most of our images captured are through the car driving over the laid out trails.

We have visited Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary a good number of times in last two years during various seasons and have been pleasantly surprised when it comes to sightings of wild animals & bird species. Making excellent images gets a little tricky due to huge number of trees and also by 10:00 hrs the light becomes pretty harsh. We have found the time from 07:00 hrs to 9:00 hrs the best for wildlife activity. Here are some of the images we have managed to click in Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Birds

The bird activity is generally good early morning at Mayureshwar with a variety of ground dwelling birds like the pipits, larks, coursers, sandgrouse and so on in addition to the regular drongos, mynas & green bee-eaters. One also comes across 3 types of Doves here – Laughing, Eurasion Collared & Red Collared. In winters, one can see variety of migrants like the wheatears, warblers and some waders. One of the highlights from our recent visit was the Eastern Orphean Warbler and the Painted Sandgrouse.

Bay-backed Shrike
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Grey Francolin
Indian Courser
Grey-necked Bunting
Indian Thick-knee
Red Collared Dove
White-bellied Minivet

Being a arid habitat with small hills, we have come across a good number of raptors at Mayureshwar – Laggar Falcon being one of the highlights in our trip in Jan 2015. Indian Eagle Owl, Bonelli’s Eagle & Short-toed Snake Eagle can be seen throughout the year and in winters one can often sight the Harriers and the mighty Steppe Eagles. There is also a record of the Amur Falcon at Mayureshwar, in 2015 winter season. Eurasian Sparrowhawk was also sighted recently.

Laggar Falcon
Bonelli’s Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Steppe Eagle

You can read more about the Short-toed Snake Eagle encounter in the link below:
http://whistlingtrails.com/2016/05/the-majestic-short-toed-snake-eagle/

Mammals

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is primarily famous for the Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and you would surely see them in good numbers. Early morning & late evening is a good time to come across the Indian Fox as well the Indian Hare. One of the most recent sightings here has been a pair of Striped Hyena pair!

Chinkara (Indian Gazelle)
Indian Fox
Indian Wolf

We also came across a pair of Indian Wolf in our recent visit, read more about it in the link below:
http://whistlingtrails.com/2016/10/the-royal-indian-wolf/

Months visited with ebird checklists:

Nov 2014: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S20535580
Jan 2015: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S21515206
Jul 2015: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S24396923
Sep 2015: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S24396923
Jan 2016: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S26634595
Oct 2016: http://ebird.org/ebird/india/view/checklist/S32058076
Feb 2017: http://ebird.org/ebird/india/view/checklist/S34174751

Why to eBird? Read more about it below:

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973902-why-should-i-ebird-

How to reach:

Location on Google Maps – https://goo.gl/maps/4icQQXCRqtL2

Option 1 | Pune-Solapur highway: Drive up to a place called Kedagaon, and turn right. After driving for another 15 KMs, take another right and then right again after around 1.5 KMs to see the sanctuary entry structure on your right. Immediately after crossing the entry structure, you will see the forest office and quarters on left side.

Option 2 | Pune-Saswad-Jejuri-Morgaon: Drive up to Morgaon main junction and take a left. Continue for aroun 8.5 KMs and take the left when you will see the sanctuary gate  on your left. Immediately after crossing the entry structure, you will see the forest office and quarters on left side.

Sanctuary fees (as on 05 Feb 2017)
– Rs. 30 per person
– Rs. 50 per camera
– Rs. 100 per car

Tips
– Document the bird species you saw on www.eBird.org.
– Check with the forest folks on recent sightings.
– Drive the car on the trail itself.
– Refer Google maps for location. (https://goo.gl/maps/pSz8BKKmsX62)
– Keep the place clean.

The forest department has recently constructed couple of tents with attached toilets for tourist to stay. You can get in touch with the forest department for the same at http://www.mayureshwar.org.in/.

Thanks for reading. Let us know in-case of any corrections, queries, suggestions and we will be happy to respond.

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– Rudraksha & Shraddha

21 thoughts on “Wildlife at Mayureshwar Sanctuary, Pune

    • November 12, 2014 at 9:38 am
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      Thanks a lot sir. Means a lot coming from you. 🙂

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  • November 19, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    very informative, is it open on sundays? visitng timings please

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    • November 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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      Thanks Santhosh. I am not sure about the exact timings, however it is open on Sundays (We went on a Sunday itself). From a timing perspective, there were people who had entered as early as 7:00 AM.

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  • January 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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    very informative and nice photos

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    • January 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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      Thanks Gautam 🙂

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  • January 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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    Thanks for another informative blog. I know its from November but read recently when I learned about Mayureshwar WLS. Need to visit this place in January itself.
    And yes…Excellent pictures!

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    • January 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm
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      Thanks Mitesh. Glad that you are following our blog. 🙂

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  • January 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm
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    Thanks a lot for the information! Didn’t know about Mayureshwar even though it is so close to Pune!
    About the entry fees and camera charges – how much do they cost? Is it too expensive?

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    • January 20, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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      You are welcome Pooja. Fees are pretty nominal.. Entry fee is Rs 30 per person and Camera fee is Rs 100 or Rs 50.. don’t remember exactly.

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        • January 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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          Hello Pooja, had been to Mayureshwar again on 24th Jan 2015 and would like to confirm that Camera fee is Rs 50. So with Camera, per head fee is Rs 80.

          Have updated the blog post as well. Key sightings this time were the Indian Fox, Steppe Eagles, Laggar Falcon and Grey-necked Buntings.

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  • January 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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    How about visiting the sanctuary second half of the day? Is it possible or anyone visited before in second half of the day? (visiting at 3 pm or so ?)

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    • January 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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      Hello Rupesh. Thanks for writing in.
      Yes it is possible to visit it in afternoon however I haven’t visited in afternoon neither I am aware of anyone who has visited during that time.

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  • February 11, 2015 at 10:53 am
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    Rudra..
    can you please message me on 9730118807.. Got lots of things to ask..
    Rgds
    Kamat

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  • October 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
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    Hey Rudraksha
    Amazing photos of the birds and info ! I have been going to Mayureshwar very often but never really bothered about birding. Chinkaras fascinate me ! 🙂
    You are one lucky fellow to have seen the wolf there ! On my last visit (18/09/16), I had a chance of chatting for some time with one of the forest guards. When asked abt wolves, he just shook his head and said the wolves have disappeared from Mayureshwar long back. Well .. it looks like he’ll be eating his words ! 😀
    Planning to visit this Sunday.
    You keep up the good work !
    Cheerio !

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    • October 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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      Glad you liked clicks & info. And yes, we did get lucky. Have fun in your outing. Cheers.

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  • February 18, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    Really enjoyed this report Rudra. On my next visit to Bombay I will try and make to trip to Mayureshwar. Are there any options nearby to stay, if one makes a multi-day trip there?

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    • February 18, 2017 at 11:48 am
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      Hey Kartik, glad you enjoyed it. The forest department has recently constructed couple of tents with attached toilet baths for tourists to stay. Do check with them at http://www.mayureshwar.org.in. Hope that helps 🙂

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  • June 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Hello Sirji, I was reading about Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on Wikipedia and found Indian Wolf’s photograph, which you have captured and uploaded in this blog.

    Happy to see that…do keep things rolling 🙂 cheers!!!

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