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Pocharam Forest Sanctuary

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: Bar-Headed Goose, Brahminy Bucks,Open Billed Stork,Leopard,Sloth Bear, Sambar

Coverage Area: 130 sq.kms.

Established: 1952

Best Time to Visit:October to July

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The low hills and the water pools serve the best place for the wild animals to live in. The wildlife sanctuary is named after Pocharam Lake. The Pocharam Wildlife sanctuary was established to protect the wild animals from being extinct.

Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary covers 130 sq kms in the district of Medak and Nizamabad. The wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1952 by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The sanctuary is the homeland of various species of animals and birds. Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chowsingha, Chinkara, Hyena and Jackal are the main attractions of the sanctuary. The river Manjira is the main river that adds life to the jungle. The water body is nestling for the fish like Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Ech Paten, Karugu and Chidwa. Crocodile, fresh water turtles, Cobra and Marsh can be located in this sanctuary.

The floras of the sanctuary make the sanctuary livelier with green vegetation like Babul prosopis, Pistia, Hydrilla, Eichornia and Vallisneria. The tree tops remain populated by migratory birds and their sound vibrates the area and makes it lively.

The nine small islands are the main breeding areas for birds, crocodiles and turtles. Birds like Painted Storks, herons, Coots, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills and Open Billed Storks make their nests in these tranquil islands.

The best season is from the month of October to July. The nearest railway station is Hyderabad which is 150 kms away from the sanctuary. Tourists can avail the road route as Macherla is the nearby town and regular bus and jeep services are available to reach the sanctuary.

The inspection bungalow, forest rest houses are the best places to experience the thrill of the jungle.

Various safaris, bird watching and nature walks are arranged by the forest department. Tourists can locate animals in their natural habitat.