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Andhra Pradesh occupies a strategic position in the Indian subcontinent. Its varied topography from high ranges of the Eastern Ghats and the Nallamalai to the shores of Bay of Bengal, has given rise to a variety of flora and fauna. The Eastern Ghat ranges are found moist to semi-evergreen forests which give way to the dry thorn scrubs of the Ananthapur plateau. This variation in turn has given rise to varied fauna including tigers, panthers, wolves, etc.


The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest pelican habi- tats in South-East Asia. More than 1,500 pelicans breed here every year apart from it being a visting place for the migratory birds for a long time.

The sanctuary is a breeding ground for rare and endangered species like grey pelicans, open-billed storks, little cormo- rants, spoon-bills, white-ibises and night herons. It is also an ideal roosting place for many birds like egrets, terns and ducks. The trees here are ideally suited as perches. The people here, young and old, take it as their responsibility and protect them from any kind of disturbance. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is in Nelapattu village.

Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park

 Located in Vanasthalipuram, about 15 kilometers from the center of the town, the Deer park is a tourist's attraction. It is maintained by the Forest Department and is not a part of city-town.

Once the Nizam's Shikargarh or hunting grounds, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, is today home for a few hundred black buck along with several species of birds. The deer park, has an undulating terrain, of 189 hectares dominated by acacia trees. The park looks picturesque in the monsoon with the golden and white flowers of these trees on the lush green carpet of grass.

Antelope and the beautiful black bucks, which once inhabited the grasslands and plains throughout India, are an endangered species now. Their main predator was the now extinct cheetah. Their glossy white dotted bodies, ranging from dark brown to black, accentuated by a white underbelly, their large lustrous eyes and mouth surrounded by white, are a study in contrast.

Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park provides the black buck its much needed safe haven to exist. It is also home to a hundred species of birds, and pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants can be sighted almost always. More lucky ones can even watch black bucks, literally locking horns in a duel for a score of beautiful does.


Location : Adilabad district, Forest Division - Jannaram, 50km. from Mancherial Railway Station.

Area : 893 Sq. Km.

Habitat : Dry deciduous - teak forest, bamboo and other species.

Animals found : Cheetal, Sambhar, Nilgai, Muntjac (Barking Deer), Indian Bison(Gaur), Sloth Bear, Panther, Tiger and a large variety of birds.

Accessibility : The nearest railway station is at Mancherial. At about 260 km. by road from Hyderabad, it is easily reachable  by State owned bus services. Nearest airport is at Hyderabad.

Accommodation : Forest rest house at Jannaram

Season :November to May.


Location :The sanctuary is located along the river Godavari in Adilabad and Karimnagar districts. It is 50 km. from Mancherial in Adilabad district.

Area : 36.29 Sq. km. in both the divisions of Mancherial and Karimnagar (West). 

Habitat : Riparian forests along the river Godavari and occupies forest areas on both the river banks mainly of deciduous type with mixed teak and bamboo.

Animals found: Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Nilgai, Monkeys, Langurs, Jackals, Wild Boars, Python, Sloth Bear, Panthers and Tiger. The sanctuary is noted for the presence of marsh Crocodiles in the river Godavari.

Accessibility : The sanctuary is approachable by road from Mancherial in Adilabad District (50km.) and from Manthani in Karimnagar District (10km.).

Accommodation: Forest rest house at Mancherial at Eklaspur.

Season : December to April.


Location : - Warangal district, Narasampet - Warangal south division 60km. from Warangal District head quarters.

Area : 860 Sq. km.

Habitat : Dry deciduous mixed type forests, bamboo and mixed teak forests.

Animals found : Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Guar, Python, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Hyena, Sloth Bear, Panther, Tiger and Ducks, Teals, Cormorant, Spoon Bills and Storks.

Accessibility : Nearest railway station is at Warangal, 130 km. by road from Hyderabad. Well connected by State owned bus services.

Accommodation : Forest rest house at Pakhal.

Season : November to June.


Location : District - Adilabad, Chinnur- Mancherial forest division about 300 km. north east of Hyderabad.

Area : 136.02 km.

Habitat : Dry deciduous teak forest along Pranahita river, a tributary of river Godavari with undulating terrain.

Animals found : Cheetal, Black Buck, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Panther, Tiger and a variety of birds including Brahminy Ducks, Teals, Storks and Herons.

Accessibility : By road about 70 Km. from Mancherial.

Nearest airport - Hyderabad ( 300 km.)

Accommodation : Forest rest house at Mancherial and Chinnur.

Contact : Divisional Forest Officer, Mancherial.

Season : November to April.


North Forest Division80km.from Kazipet Junction. (S.C.Railway) and Warangal Town

Area : 803 Sq. km.

Habitat : Dry deciduous mixed teak forest with bamboo & other species on rolling countrysides with low hills.

Animal found : Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chowsingha, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Guar, Jungle Cat, Jackals, Foxes, Wolves, Sloth Bear, Panther, Tiger and variety of other birds

Accessibility : Nearest Railway Station is at Warangal. By Road from Hyderabad 130 km. Well connected by state buses.

Accommodation : Forest cottages at Tadvai and Eturnagaram.

Contact : Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Management , Warangal.

Season : October to May.


Location : The sanctuary is located in Khammam District near Paloncha.  The sanctuary includes a big reservoir kinnersani.

Area : 655.41 Sq. km.

Habitat: The sanctuary represents dry deciduous mixed type forests with teak, bamboo and terminals and the picturesque Kinnersani reservoir.

Animals found : Cheetal, Black Bucks, Chinkaras, Chousinghas, Sambhars, Wild Boars, Gaurs, Wild Dog, Hyena, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Panthers, Tigers, and a variety of bird species like Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, Qualis, Partridges, Doves, Ducks, Teals, Spoonbills, Nuktas, Open bill stork, come to nest and graze in Kinnersani lake and there are number of water pools in the interior forest areas. Muggers are also found in the reservoir.

Accessibility: Nearest Railway Station is at Bhadrachalam Road which is about 25km. from kinnersani.

Accommodation: Forest rest house at Paloncha and Kothagudem .

Season: October and June.


Location: The sanctuary is located on the left and right banks of river Godavari as it cuts through the Papikonda range of the Eastern Ghats.

Area: 591

Habitat: The dry deciduous mixed forest with bamboo is found extensively in the sanctuary. The habitat is suited for Tigers, Gaurs and other herbivore animals. River Godavari runs through the middle of the sanctuary on the hill tops and steep slopes.

Animals found: Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Sambhar, Gaurs, Hyena, Jackals. The presence of gharials were also reported. Variety of birds both resident and migratory are found along river Godavari and its tributaries.

Accessibility: Nearest railway station is at Rajahmundry.

Accommodation: Forest rest house at Rajahmundry, Maredmilli and Kannapuram.

Season: October to May.



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