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Nagarjunsagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: tiger, leopard, jungle cat, wild dog, wolf, jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, four-horned antelope

Coverage Area: 14.44 sq.kms

Established: 1983

Best Time to Visit:October to May

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It sprawls over an area of 14.44 sq km and covers over five districts of central Andhra Pradesh. The sanctuary lies in the catchments area of the Krishna River in the state, and nestled in the Nallamalai Hill ranges.

Nagarjunsagar Tiger Reserve is one of the Project Tiger Reserves in India. The prime purpose of forming the Nagarjunsagar Tiger Reserve was protection and conservation of tigers. The sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 1983.

The land vegetation of Nagarjunsagar Tiger Reserve is tropical dry deciduous forest. There is a variety of flora here that includes rare plants like Niebuhria apetala, Cissus vitiginea, Ziziphus xylopyrus, and Pterolobium indicum. Besides the dry deciduous forest, you can witness anything from plain vegetation to scrub jungle to thorn forest in the sanctuary.

There are a plethora of animals and birds at Nagarjunsagar Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh. Fauna includes animals like tiger, leopard, jungle cat, wild dog, wolf, jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, four-horned antelope, sambar, spotted deer, nilgai, blackbuck, chinkara, Indian pangolin, etc. The sanctuary is also home to nearly 150 species of avifauna such as the grey hornbill and the peafowl. Among the reptiles, you may view the Indian soft-shelled turtle, Indian python, monitor lizard, and marsh crocodile at the sanctuary.

You can reach Nagarjunsagar wildlife sanctuary in comfortably by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport is at Hyderabad, 316 km away from Srisailam. An extensive network of rail and road connects the sanctuary to all parts of the state.

During your visit to Nagarjunsagar Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh, you can enjoy a comfortable stay at the three forest rest houses/temple cottages present in the forest area. The prevailing climate of this region is hot and dry. Hence, the sanctuary should be ideally visited in the winter season, when the climate remains pleasant.