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Manjira Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: Darter, Asian Openbill,cranes,barheaded geese,peacock,partridge

Coverage Area: 20 sq.kms.

Established: 1978

Best Time to Visit:November to March

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There are nine mall islands which together forms this small sanctuary between the Manjira and Singur barrages. The months between October and July are the best for visiting this sanctuary.

To reach the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary, Hyderabad will be the nearest railhead . To travel by road, it is at a distance of 29 km from Mecharia, which is the nearest town to the sanctuary, 50 km from Hyderabad.

There are regular bus services that connect Medak with cities like Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar.

There are different species of animals that are found in the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary, ranging from fishes, birds and other reptiles.

The fishes here include are Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Karugu and Chidwa. Of the wide array of birds found in the sanctuary, the most common ones are Herons, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills and Open Billed Storks and Painted Storks.

There are also a number of reptiles that one can se at the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary. These reptiles include Monitor Lizards, Fresh water Turtles, Cobra and marsh Crocodiles. The invertebrate species found at the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary include Prawns, Mollusis and Zoo planktons.

The visitors can go around the sanctuary in boats, especially for bird watching. One also gets to carry binoculars and books for identification of the birds. There are special films on the wildlife there shown to tourists everyday on a 16 mm projector.

The Manjira Wildlife & Birds sanctuary also has an Environmental Education Centre which houses a library, a museum as well as an auditorium.