Sakhya Sagar

Asian openbill in Northern site of wetland
Large open water area
Crocodile basking on the wetland site

Sakhya Sagar

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  • Area: 
    248 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    25°26'N 77°42'E
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Sakhya Sagar is a human-made reservoir on the outskirts of Shivpuri town within the Madhav National Park. The Site features a mosaic of landforms including open water and surrounding marshes, plantations and a small patch of agricultural land. The north-eastern part maintains open water and marsh areas almost year-round, whereas the north-western part is often dried out. The reservoir is shallow, alkaline, and nutrient-rich. This wetland not only adds to the natural beauty of the area, but also provides a permanent source of water for wildlife, and habitat for animals including thousands of migratory waterfowl and also mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), whose presence attracts tourists. In total, the wetland supports 19 species of fish, nine reptiles and 19 mammals, and is an important staging ground for 73 bird species. The wetland also plays a vital role in nutrient cycling, groundwater recharge, and regulating the micro-climate of the area. The Site is one of the “three lakes of Shivpuri” and as such, it benefits from the Shivpuri Management and Conservation Plan implemented by the Local Urban Municipality.

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The wetland is situated in Shivpuri District in the state of Madhya Pradesh

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park - Madhav National Park
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