Shoolpaneshwar National Park

Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary

Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Bharuch District

Area:150.87 sq. km

Uniqueness:This sanctuary has vast, undulating terrain, ever-pervading greenery, tall inspiring canopy, deep awesome valleys, somberly silent rocks, gentle youthful streams, majestic waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes, culminating at the congregation of Vindhyan-Satpura hill ranges. The forest area rated as one of the best and thickest in the state, is spread over an area, which includes a major watershed feeding two major reservoirs with the Rajpipla hills as backdrop.

Flora:The flora of the ecosystem represents semi-evergreen to moist deciduous forest. There are more than 575 species of flowering plants like timru, amla, khair, aritha, sadad, tanachh, karanj, bamboo, mahuda, bor, herde, amaltas etc. There are vast patches of bamboo crops often referred to as bamboo-brakes.

Fauna:Sloth bear, leopard, rhesus macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, chital, pangolin, flying squirrel, python, snakes, lizards, tortoise etc. The sanctuary has the rare distinction of having flying squirrels. It is reported to have tigers, leopard cat and wild dogs in the past. However, tigers have not been sighted here for more than two decades. Crested serpent eagle, shikra, sparrow hawk, great-horned owl, gray hornbill, red and gray jungle fowls etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Vadodara (90 kms). Ahmedabad (260 kms.)approximately. The Nearest bus station is Ankleshwar (60 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Bharuch – 80 Kms

Accommodation:Rest house – Dediapada, Rajpipla, Sagai, Kewadia

Season:November to March

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Rajpipla, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharuch. Gujarat

Thol Wild Life Sanctuary

Thol Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Mehsana district

Area:6.99sq. km

Uniqueness:A shallow water reservoir and predominantly open water area, without island, reed beds give it a distinct ambience. This man-made wetland, declared as a sanctuary in November 1988, has high conservation value. The tallest flying bird of the world Sarus crane inhabits this area and is found in good number.

Flora:Emergent and floating aquatic plants are there at Thol Bird Sanctuary alongwith some terrestrial trees and herbs such as desi baval, bor, neem, vad, pilu, gando baval, kerdo etc.

Fauna:High species diversity of water birds is the main attraction for an eco-tourist. Cranes, geese, flamingoes, pelicans, egrets, herons, spoonbills, ducks, whistling teals etc

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (40 kms). The Nearest bus station is Ahmedabad (40 kms). The Nearest Railway station are: Ahmedabad – 40 kms. Kadi – 55 kms.Accommodation:Good hotels in Ahmedabad

Season:November to mid February

Contact:Assistant Conservator of Forests, Ahmedabad, Thol Bird Sanctuary, Near Mamlatdar Ofice, Sanand-382110. Ahmedabad. Gujarat.

Vansda National Park

Vansda National Park

Location: Valsad district

Area:23.99 sq. km

Uniqueness:The Vansda National park consists of a spectacular forest where one can see the birds of moist deciduous forest. It forms a contiguous tract with the forests of Dangs on its eastern side and those of Valsad district on its southern side. A visit to the nearby Waghai botanical garden and the nature education trail from the botanical garden up to the National Park would be a delightful experience for the nature lovers.

Flora:Towering trees and orchids form variety of flora. There are 443 species of flowering plants viz. Teak, sadad, bamboo, dudhkod, kakad, khakhro, timru, humb, kalam, modad, haldu, sisam, chopadi bondaro, kusum, tanach, asan, mahudo, behda, umaro, shimlo, ambla etc.

Fauna:High species diversity of forest birds is the main attraction for an eco-tourist. Important animals-Leopard, rhesus macaque, wild boar, hanuman langur, common palm civet, small Indian civet, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, hyena, jungle cat, flying squirrel, python, Russel’s viper, etc. Important birds:155 species of birds: Indian great black woodpecker, yellow back sunbird, pompodour pigeon, malabar trogon, shama, common grey hornbill, jungle babbler, forest spotted owlet (globally threatened) etc.

Accessibility:Nearest airport is Surat 100 Kms. Ahmedabad (370 kms). Nearest Bus Station is Waghai 3 Kms. Railway: Waghai 3 Kms , Billimora (54 Kms Broad Gauge).

Accommodation:Pravasi Gruh – Waghai, Small Lodges at Waghai, Hotel at Saputara

Season:October To May

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dang (South), Ahwa, Dangs district. Gujarat.

Wild ASS Sanctuary

Wild ASS Sanctuary

Location: Surendranagar, Rajkot, Patan, Banaskantha and Kachchh Districts

Area:4953.71 sq. Km

Uniqueness:Owing to the uniqueness of the area and the existence of the rare and endangered species such as dalmatian pelican, lesser flamingo, sarus crane, caracal, desert fox, black cobra etc., the area is being considered to be declared as one of the world heritage sites. Internationally the area is recognized for its natural and geomorphologic value and has high biodiversity conservation significance.

Flora:Large portion of Little Rann of Kachchh has been covered by Prosopis chilensis. The other plants and trees are: Morad, unt morad, theg, dolari, khijdo, kerdo, mithi jar, kheri pilu, akado etc.

Fauna:The Indian Wild Ass is the major fauna and centre of attraction. The wildlife includes great number of birds. Important animals- Wild ass, bluebull, hare, wolf, Indian fox, jackal, hyena, wild boar, desert cat etc. Important birds- Houbara bustard, eagle, pale harrier, black shouldered kite, pelican, herons, spoonbill, greater and lesser flamingoes, great crested grebe, common cranes, etc.

Accessibility:By Air : Ahmedabad (105 kms). Rajkot (140 kms). The Nearest bus station is Dhrangadhra (16 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Dhrangadhra – 22 kms, Ahmedabad (105 kms), Rajkot (140 kms).

Accommodation:Government and Private Rest House at Dhrangdhra, Bajana, Patdi and Jainabad. Good hotels at Surendranagar

Season:Post monsoon to winter

Contact:Sanctuary Superintendent, Dhranghdra, Surendranagar. Gujarat

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