(Last Updated on : 12/04/2014)
Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Khammam district
of Andhra Pradesh
, is an ideal place to savour the pious nature. Located at the distance of about 50 kilometres from Rajahmundry
, the sanctuary forms an alluring tourist destination for exploring the nature and the vibrant wildlife. Spanning over an area of 591 square kilometres, it represents the tropical forest on the Eastern Ghats
of the India. It was established in the year 1978 for the conservation of wildlife
. The sanctuary exhibits a wonderful landscape with a mesmerizing backdrop of Rekapalle hills. The forest is also believed to have a mythological association and is considered to be the kingdom of apes in Ramayana
. It was popular as Kishkindha in ancient times.
Geography of Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the fertile Godavari basin. It forms a part of precipitous Papikonda range, having an altitude of 150 to 1350 metres. Godavari River meanders beautifully through the range carving a scenic gorge. Multifarious and varied streams originating from the hill tops helps in augmenting the vegetation of the place.
Flora and Fauna of Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary exhibits a great diversity in terms of animals, shrubs, plants and other types of vegetation. Common species of flora that can be located here include Albizzia, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Tomentosa, Tominalias, Tectona grandis
and others. It is a land of undulating hills which hosts Leopard
, Tiger, Gharials, Muggers, Sloth Bear
, Hyena, Sambar, Antelopes, Spotted Deer
etc. Low lying water bodies and ponds are also located here which attract a large number of gorgeous migratory birds sketching a lively and beautiful vista.
Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary also houses a museum and environmental education centre. The tourists can cherish an exquisite safari in the sanctuary exploring the vivid wildlife. The period between the months of November and June is considered to be the best for visiting the sanctuary. Roadways from Rajahmundry, 50 kilometres away, can be opted for reaching there with rented cars, buses or local jeeps. Rajahmundry is also the nearest railway station. The place also hosts a forest rest house for accommodating the tourists.