Best Time to Visit Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary : October to March
In Adilabad district of the northern region of Telangana state, is a wildlife sanctuary The Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary which is a hilly and uneven forest range. This sanctuary is named after a beautiful tributary of the River Godavari, River Pranahita which flows all the way through the sanctuary and acts as a main source of water for the sanctuary. This park, which was opened in 1980, is known to be one of the oldest protected areas in the Telangana region and it shares the borders with Maharashtra state.
The forest, which is spread over an area of 136 square km and lying in the Chinnur-Mancherial forest division, is covered with thick dry deciduous trees. The forest is located just 70 km away from Mancherial and is home to many endangered species including the Black Buck, Chinkara and the Wolf. The well-distributed grasslands and the clean jungle given by the 21.8 square km of reserve forest area makes it a perfect breeding ground for the Black Buck.
It is also believed that this Pranahita Wildlife sanctuary was chiefly built to act as a protection for the Black Bucks (Antelope cervicarpa), which is an endangered species as per the schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act. The forest also resonates with the chirping sound of the birds as well as the call of herbivores. The area gives a perfect picturesque beauty view along with the fauna found here. Tourists also get largely attracted to the natural rock formations that add to the scenic beauty of the forest.
Other animals that attract visitors to this sanctuary are the Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Forest Cat, Langur, Rhesus, Palm Civet, Indian Otter, Wild Dogs and the Hyena. Along with these, one can also find marine birds like Brahminy Ducks, Teals, Strokes and Herons here.
Teak, Bamboo, Terminalias and Anogeisus grow in abundance in this forest. Along with this flora, the forest also has rich fossils. These fossils act as store houses that interest tourists to collect information about the history of the forest.
The Pranahita Sanctuary has a hot and dry climate with the minimum and maximum temperatures varying between 15 degrees and 10 degree Celsius and is a Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous forest of India. The best time to visit this Sanctuary is between October and March. A trip to this sanctuary is sure to be a pleasing experience.
Special Attractions: As the Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many rare species like the Black Buck, Chinkara and the Wolf, it is an exclusive occasion for tourists to view these species on their last legs in their natural habitat.
Specialty of the place: Adding on to the animal population, Pranahita Sanctuary is also well known for the marvelous view it provides of the Deccan plateau. The captivating rock formations also further boost the beauty of the landscape.
300 Kilometers from Hyderabad to Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary and 70 Kilometers from Mancherial.
How to Reach:
Mancherial has public transport with major cities of Telangana: Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, etc.
Ample number of buses runs to Mancherial from all the major cities of Telangana.
Mancherial can be reached by train or bus and Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary which is only 35 km from Mancherial has many buses or private vehicles for here.
Also Adilabad which is well connected with Mancherial is connects to all major cities and towns. Buses are the majorly preferred mode of local transport as they are plenty in number. Tourists can also travel in trains or flights till Hyderabad or other nearby cities to reach Adilabad. The nearby airports are at Nagpur and Hyderabad.
Nearest Railway Station:
Mancherial, which is located at a distance of 35 km is the nearest railway station.
Where to stay:
The perfect places for tourists to stay are the forest rest houses available at Mancherial and Chinnur. Along with these, visitors can also avail lodging facilities at Mancherial, Ramagundam, Godavarikhani and Adilabad. Some of the famous accommodation places in Adilabad include Haritha Hotel, Sanjay Lodge, Kamadhenu Hotel, Asra Lodge, Hotel Laxmi Residency and Tirumala Lodge.
Some Useful Contact Numbers:
Adilabad Tourism Officer : 9440816087
State Tourism Department: 040-23450444
State Tourism Department Toll free Number: 1800-42-545454