Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, also dubbed as UKWLS by frequent visitors, is another epic location for local and international tourists in India. As a relatively less eco-sensitive forest along with its connectivity to other tiger reserves like Tadoba, Pench, Bor and Nagzira, this sanctuary can prove to be a marvellous stop for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Roughly bounded by the Wainganga river and Gose Khurd dam, Umred Karhandla offers spectacular views, exciting encounters, happy mornings and fulfilling evenings.
Speaking of exciting encounters, we can’t miss out on highlighting that Umred Karhandla is the homeland of the esteemed tiger Jai – named after Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic character from the super hot movie Sholay – and his mate Chandi. The pair tempts countless lovers to flock to the forest every year and revel in the daunting ruling pair. Sadly, Jai has been missing for a few years now and experts believe the country’s favourite tiger is no more but that must not deter from visiting Umred Karhandla because Jai’s cubs along with much more surprising wildlife awaits you at the famous sanctuary.
Good To Know
Wildlife Sighting Index
7/10 for Tiger sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
6/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
7/10 Stay & Amenities
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30 Days in Advance
Flora of Umred National Park
Living up to its title of “Sanctuary” the ecosystem at Umred Karhandla is multi-faceted and intermingled. The grassland is dominantly dry deciduous with teak growing generously all over the southern tropical forest. Apart from teak, multiple other plantations garnish the woodland with extensive flora and provide lush green sights for tourists. Ain, Bamboo, Achar, Tendu are just some of the other varieties of trees that make the landscape vibrant and enjoyable. Consequently, there are several species of grass and other small plantations that serve as food for the herbivorous population of Umred Karhandla’s wildlife.
Fauna of Umred National Park
The tall bushes are not only for viewing pleasure but they also hide some exotic animals, like stealthy leopards, wolves, foxes, jungle cats and moving down the food chain animals like sloths, boars, deers and much more. While these animals will train your eyes to the ground, you must also be wary of what’s above your head as at Pench you will find more than 200 species of resident and migratory birds! Their colorful tufts and feathers will be a sight to remember.
- Bengal tiger
- Indian leopard
- Indian bison
- Blue bull
- sambar deer
- barking deer
- mouse deer
- wild boar
- sloth bear
- wild dog
Explore The Known and Unknown of Umred National Park
One must take out ample time for the Gypsy Safari at Umred Karhandla. It’s one of the most enjoyable activities, spotting leopards and tigers with your own eyes as you zoom past fields filling the horizon and lush greenery dotting your vision no matter the time of the year. While safaris are closed during the monsoon season, travellers need not worry as the forest is thriving almost all year round and offers beautiful experiences regardless of the season you choose to visit.
As the sanctuary is bounded by water bodies and even a dam, this means there are many scenic relaxing places near the water bodies to enjoy picnic dates. Moreover the lakes and rivers offer great spaces for bird watchers, especially migratory birds during specific seasons. If you want to go all out and truly make your trip worth it, make sure to engage in activities available at the sanctuary like boating, camping, cycling and more. Inside the sanctuary, you can enjoy quote a peaceful yet happening time but for true experience hoarders the city of Bhandara and Nagpur also offers an experience jam-packed with cultural and geographical richness.
You can opt to visit the local markets, meet the local villagers and enjoy their handcrafts as souvenirs. Moreover, you can visit popular attractions of the cities like the magnificent views of Gandhi Sagar Lake and Khindsi Lake. Chowdeshwari Devi, Ramdham and Nagpur Ramtek Temple are historical sites with amazing views that can also be enjoyed by travellers new to the city. Apart from the Dam bounding the Sanctuary, there are other Dams like Ranwadi Dam and Totladoh Dam that are great picnic and picture spots for tourists. There are so many options, you are bound to be very busy and satisfied after a round trip to Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary.
Umred National Park Safari Booking
Umred Karhandla sanctuary is open at different timings in morning and evening.
Morning: 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Afternoon: 2:00 – 6:00
Morning : 06:00 am – 10:00 am
Evening : 02:30 pm – 06:30 pm
How to reach Umred National Park
Commuting to and fro from the sanctuary is fairly easy and convenient. As Nagpur is a well connected city most means of travel can easily be managed from here. The nearest airport to the Umred Karhandla sanctuary is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur.
Tourists can hail cabs from the airport and reach the sanctuary in an hour and a half max. For train rides, the nearest railway station is also at Nagpur which is about 58 km from the sanctuary.
Umred is the nearest bus station in the area. Many buses take the route of the sanctuary and will drop you just in front of the entry gate of the sanctuary.
Resorts at Umred National Park
As the sanctuary is close to the great city of Nagpur, travellers can enjoy several decent locations to stay at. Many hotels and resorts are tailored to be enjoyed by tourists.
Budget hotels, high-end hotels, premium and luxury; everything is available here. Some popular options include Hotel Gomti which is at a close distance to the sanctuary along with being clean with nice facilities. Hotel Bluemoon is another sweet option with a beautiful view and a prime location.
Another hotel cum resort is The Pearl Inn which offers a relaxing stay and is one of the best places to stay while in Nagpur. The Majestic Manor is another fan favourite with a comparatively cheaper price rate but amazing facilities.