|Nagarjuna Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights: Mannanur, Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam Tiger Reserve
How To Reach:
By Air: Hyderabad is located at a distance of 316 kilometers from Srisailam (Nagarjuna Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary)
By Rail: Srisailam is connected through Hyderabad as well as via Markapur (85 kilometers away) on the South Central Railway.
By Bus: You can take bus from Kurnool at a distance of 190 kilometers from Srisailam, Guntur at a distance of 220 kilometers from Srisailam, Chennai at a distance of 470 kilometers from Srisailam and Mannanur at a distance of 85 kilometers from Srisailam.
Covering an area of about 3,56,000 hectares, Nagarjuna Sagar Park sprawls over Kurnool, Guntur, Prakasam, Mahboobnagar and Nalgonda. The vegetation of Nagarjuna Sagar comprises mainly of Dry tropical deciduous forests. Scrub jungles, thorn forests, deciduous trees, herbs and marsh vegetation are also found in the core of the jungles. The rare species of flora found in the Sanctuary include Pterolobium indicum, Niebuhria apetala and Ziziphus xylopyrus.
Wildlife at Nagarjuna Sagar comprises of leopard, langur, tiger, wolf, macaque, jackal, jungle cat, Bengal fox, wild dog, sloth bear, palm civet, smooth-coated otter, Indian spotted chevrotain, striped hyena, Indian muntjac, wild boar, sambar, blackbuck, chinkara, spotted deer, nilgai, four-horned antelope, Indian pangolin, marsh crocodile, Indian tree shrew, Indian soft-shelled turtle, monitor lizard, giant flying squirrel and Indian porcupine.
The sanctuary is rich in avian species. There are 150 species of birds at the Nagarjuna Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary. Peafowl grey and hornbill are commonly spotted birds. The best time to visit is the months of October to June when the weather is pleasant.
Nagarjuna Sagar dam built over River Krishna is a wonderful place to see. This place is also famous for excavations of historical monuments belonging to 1st and 2nd century A.D. This wildlife sanctuary also includes the Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve.
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