Wildlife sanctuaries make the animals to feel as they roam in the jungle. Most of the abandoned animals are saved here. They are treated like children by the tamers. So, they feel like they are staying in their home.
Nagarjuna srisailam wildlife sanctuary is a predominant Tiger reserve in Nallamala forest, Andhra Pradesh. It was notified in the year of 1978. The sanctuary came under the protection of Project Tiger in the year 1983. In the same year, it was declared as the largest tiger reserve in India. The popular Tiger reserve occupied 3727 square kilometers. It covers 5 districts say Kurnool, Nalgonda, Guntur, Mahbubnagar, and Prakasam. It was the hunting reserve for Hyderabad royalties and their visitors. Nagarjuna srisailam wildlife sanctuary is being an important tourist destination of Telangana State. This dense forest has been a board to many wild species. The Tiger reserve was renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in 1992.
Historical records indicate that the renowned Buddhist scholar and monk Nagarjuna lived in this place along with his disciples. He established the Buddhist University which was relocated on the Nagarjunsagar reservoir banks.
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Fauna & Flora
This dry forest encompasses many rare species namely Wild Boar, sloth bear, Panthers, Indian Python, Black Bucks, Tree Shrew, Wild dogs, Indian Leopard, Mugger Crocodiles, Indian Giant Squirrel, Spotted Deer, Bengal Tigers, Mouse Deer, etc. Rare plants are also seen in the Nallamalla forest in a large number. Ficus, Teak, Terminalia tomentosa, Boswellia Bamboo are some of them. In February 2014, a large deer has been sent to Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger reserve from Nehru Zoological Park. 2010 Tiger Census stated that there were 53-66 tigers. Awestruck by the tiger population, the Government of India undertook the sanctuary under Project Tiger.
How will the climate be?
Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve always possesses a dry climate. This place will be terribly burning during summer whereas ultimately cool in the wintry weather and monsoon seasons. Here the annual rainfall is measured around 700-900 mm. The temperature ranges from 45 degree Celsius in the peak summer and 8 degree Celsius in the winter. South West Monsoons and North East Monsoons chill out the tiger reserve.
What is the best time to visit?
Between October and April, the climate will be pleasing and the climate will be favorable for travel.
What can the tourists do?
Here no vehicles are provided by the Forest department for trekking. So, tourist can hire jeeps from commercial centres. Field director can only authorize reserve visits. Since Srisailam is a pure vegetarian town, tourists can enjoy the traditional Andhra Cuisine. Kadalivanam, Umaa Maheswaram, Akka Mahadevi Bhilam, Dattatreya Bhilam, and Palankasari are the popular cave temples in this area. Ancient shrines namely Lord Mallikharjuna, Bhramaramba his companion which encompasses the 12 Jyothirlingas and one of the 18 Maha Shakthi peetas of our country.
In the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger reserve safari rides are provided with Jeeps. Forest office offers Tickets for the safari ride.
Trekking is also available in the dense forest, but without the consent of the forest officials, it is not possible.
Where to accommodate?
Prior Permission is necessary which needs to be obtained from the Field Director to enter into the wild sanctuary. Tourists shall make reservations with the authority of the devasathanam. 40-bed capacity, three forest rest houses are availed to the tourists in the wildlife sanctuary Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar, and Mannanur. Macheria is the nearest town to the Tiger reserve which is about 29 km distance. Nagarjunasagar dam and Srisailam dam are also located in the reserve.
Nearest places to
Patala Ganga, Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Akkamadevi caves, Srisailam dam, City shopping, Chencu Lakshmi tribal museum, Hathakeshvara temple.
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