The Navegaon National Park is located Navegaon, Gondia in Maharashtra. The park is spread over an area of 135 sq.kms. A picturesque lake stretching over an area of 11 sq.kms, is set in the midst of hill ranges and can be approached through a series of winding trails. Strategically located, watch towers enable the visitor to catch a glimpse of the regions varied wildlife. Legend has it that Kolu Patel Kholi created the lake at the beginning of the 18th century and his shrine is on one of the peaks surrounding the lake. The seven peaks surrounding the lake are known as the ‘Sat Bahini’ or seven sisters. It is believed that these deities helped Kolu in building the lake.
The park consists of a deer park, an aviary and three beautifully landscaped gardens. The area around the lake is known as the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, in memory of the noted ornithologist. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between October to June and every winter the lake becomes the home of huge flocks of migrating ducks. The forest is a mixed dry deciduous forest of Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Bhel and Bhor etc. Almost 60% of all bird species such as the Scarlet Minivet, Paradise Fly Catcher, and Kingfisher recorded in Maharashtra are visible here. The places of interest around the National Park are the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km), Itiadoh Dam (20 km), The temperature here is pleasant all year round. The best time to visit the park is in April and May.