Located about 10 km from Tirupati and on the Eastern Ghats, Venkateshwara National Park in Andhra Pradesh is home to endemic plant species and interesting fauna species like Slender Loris, Tree shrew, Wild dog etc. This biosphere reserve is a quintessence of Mother Nature's generosity.
Covering a significantly vast area of over 1000 km square, Papikondalu National Park in Andhra Pradesh's East and West Godavari districts is a beautiful forest reserve offering stunning views of nature and rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The area was declared as a national park only recently in 2008.
Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is more just an ordinary wildlife sanctuary. It is also the only sanctuary in the state to have a sizeable population of Asian elephants which have migrated from the neighbouring states.
A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife buffs, Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is located in Srisailam and is often referred to as Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary. Apart from being declared as a 'Tiger Reserve' in Andhra Pradesh in 1983, this place also inhabits several other species including langur, jackals and macaques etc. The sanctuary is also home to around 150 species of birds which include grey hornbill and pea fouls.
Easy to reach, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is the home to as many as 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora and fauna. This sanctuary is famous for being home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture and long-billed vulture. It is easy to spot a sea turtle, seagull, estuarine crocodile, stork, heron among many other endangered species of fauna here. Coringa is known to be one of the favourites of eco-tourists. Take a boat ride to see the country's second largest mangrove forest.
Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh covers a large area of around 1,194 sq. km from Prakasam to Kurnool districts. Animals that can be spotted here include tigers, wild dogs, sloth bears, panthers, and pythons. There is also a river that flows through the sanctuary. The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of May and October. The Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary is known to be last surviving pristine forests of Nallamalai tract where traditional applications of the plants still survive in ethno-botanical value.
A wildlife sanctuary spread across an area of 614sq kms in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Rollapadu offers its visitors a journey into the wild, close to nature, amidst a number of diverse species of flora and fauna. Established in 1988, Rollapadu is especially known for being the home to the endangered species of The Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican. This wildlife sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is spread across a huge area is the home to many birds and reptiles. From Blackbucks to sparrows to bonnets and from mynas to Indian rollers, Russell's vipers and Indian cobras.
Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is the only natural habitat in the world where one can spot the highly endangered Jerdon's courser bird species. The sanctuary is also home to a large species for flora and fauna. It has dry deciduous forests with steep gorges and dramatic slopes. Make sure to spot animals such as the panther, sloth bear, nilgai, foxes and the Jerdon's courser.
The national parks of Andhra Pradesh are relatively less crowded with untouched natural beauty. What do you look for in a national park before you visit it? Let us know in the comments below!