Monsoon Birding at Tansa

The Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shahapur and Bhiwandi taluka of Thane district and Wada taluka of Palghar district. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 320 sq. km. It is spread around the catchment area of Tansa, Vaitarna and Modak Sagar lakes which are major sources of water to the Mumbai, Thane and Bhiwandi cities.

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Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled 90 km northeast of Mumbai, finds its home in the foothills of the Sahyadris, a part of the Western Ghats. It spans across Wada, Shahapur, and Mokhada talukas within the Thane district. The sanctuary derives its name from the Tansa River, which gracefully divides it into two distinct parts. It serves as the primary catchment area for Tansa Lake, encompassing the surrounding forests of Khardi, Vaitarna, Wada, and Shahapur ranges. Tansa Dam is the source of water from Mumbaikar.

The sanctuary’s terrain predominantly features hills, with Suryamal Hill in Palghar district to the northeast and Mahuli Hill in Thane district at its southern extremity. Notably, in 1986, local tribals and Forest Department personnel reported two tiger sightings near Suryamal, underscoring the sanctuary’s ecological significance.

The Tansa forest, an integral part of the northern Western Ghats, stands as a treasure trove of biodiversity, with the towering Teak Tectona grandis as its dominant tree species. Notably, this sanctuary is home to the elusive Forest Owlet, a species that has eluded discovery for over seven decades. Previously considered extinct, it was later found in the Melghat tiger reserve in the late 1990s. In Tansa, this remarkable bird made its debut appearance in 2014, offering birdwatchers a unique opportunity to photograph this enigmatic species. Additionally, the sanctuary hosts approximately 280 bird species, including uncommon migratory ducks such as the Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, and Eurasian Wigeon, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Furthermore, Tansa provides an ideal setting for capturing images of the Malabar Trogon, White-naped Woodpecker, Western crowned Warbler, Vigor’s Sunbird and Jungle Owlet, adding to its allure as a remarkable destination for both wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Nearest Train station: Atgaon

Target species expected: Forest Owlet, Indian Pitta, Jungle Owlet, Malabar Trogon and Painted Francolin.

Pricing: INR 1750/- 

Group Size: 10 Participants + 1 Leader

Itinerary: 16 June 2024

  • Meet Jungle Buddies Expert Mr Prathamesh Desai at Atgaon Train Station by 6.30 AM.
  • Board a Private Taxi to birding site
  • Birding in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • End the session with a group selfie around 11 AM

How to Reach Atgaon: Board a Kasara Bound train that starts at CSMT station by 4.19 AM, the train reaches Atgaon by 6.35 AM.

Price Includes:

  • Jungle Buddies Expertise
  • Transfers from Atgaon to birding site and back

How to Register: Click on Join Our Tours Tabs on 9 June 2024 at 9 PM