Located in Navegaon, ArjuniMorgaon Taluka of Gondia District in the state of Maharashtra, Navegaon National Park is the emulsion of pristine landscapes, diverse wildlife, and flora, and an expansive forested area endowed with greenery and avifauna. Established in the inception of the 18th century, Gondia is one of the most famous forest resorts in the Vidarbha region. Spreading in an expansive area of 135 square kilometers, the national park comprises a deer park, an aviary with three well-manicured beautiful gardens, and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
A paradise for nature and wildlife lovers, the park offers exquisite views of the hilltops along with the beautiful sight of migratory birds which visitors can see from the watchtowers and take stunning shots. A pristine lake present at the center of the hill ranges with crystal clear sparkling waters also adds to the loveliness of the scenic view, especially on a moonlit night, and stretching over an area of 11sq. kilometers that can be reached through a series of twisting trails. The Navegaon Lake has a fascinating story attached to it. It is considered to have been constructed by some Kolu Patel Koli at the beginning of the 18th century and is now known as Kolasur Deo with his shrine at one of the peaks enveloping the lake which are known as ‘sat bahini’. It is believed that these deities helped Kolu in building the lake. On the fringe of the lake is an idol of Lord Hanuman whose feet are said to go below the ridge.
The island in the center of the lake is called ‘Maldonger’ and was used by the villagers as a refugee from the marauding ‘Pindaris’ (a tribe of professional robbers). The area around the lake is known as Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, named after the famous ornithologist, and is home to 60% of the bird species found in Maharashtra. Visitors can explore the park through jungle safaris which is the highlight of this area. Strolling through the dense woods of the enchanting forests with crisscrossed paths against wild animals while spotting them leisurely in their natural habitat is no less than an appealing attraction. A day spent viewing the beautiful forest while sitting on a treetop house, constructed amazingly on top of a tree is one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences one can have.
The vegetation here is mainly of the southern mixed dry deciduous type, comprising of Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel and Bhor trees.
Mammals: Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Fishing Cat, Four-Horned Antelope, Peafowl, Nilgai, Sambar, Python, Wolf, Jackal, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet, etc.
Reptiles: Bark Gecko, Rock Gecko, Indian Cobra, Common Indian Monitor, Skink Snake, Common Cat Snake, Indian Python, Dhamen, etc.
Birds: Scarlet Minivets, Paradise Fly Catcher, Jungle Babbler, White-checked Barbet, Red-vented Bulbul, Crested Bunting, Pale-billed Flowerpecker, White-throated Kingfisher, Balck-shouldered Kite, Common Kingfisher, Black-throated Munia, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Rock Pigeon, Indian Peafowl, etc.
The highest average temperature in Navegaon is 41 degrees Celsius in May and the lowest is 29 degrees Celsius in January. The area has a moderate climate prevailing throughout with moderate to high rainfall.
The best time to visit the Navegaon National Park is between the months of January to Aprilfor spotting exotic wildlife and October to January for watching migratory birds.
Nearest Train Station: Closest railhead is Deulgaon (Chandrapur-Gondia Railway line) railwaystation, about 02km from the park. Taxis are available from the station to the park.
Nearest Airport: Nearest airport is Nagpur airport, at about 150km from the national park. The airport is well connected by road to Navegaon National Park.
Road Accessibility : Navegaon National Park is well-connected to major cities and places by road network. There are a number of government and privately run vehicles that go to Navegaon National Park at regular intervals.