Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

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Time Required : 3-4 hours

Entry Fee : Price varies according to Safari package chosen

Timings : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (timings may change according to sunrise and sunset timings)

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Adilabad Overview

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the old Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. The smell of the wilderness, untouched and uninhabited regions where animals thrive in harmony is precisely what Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is all about. The reserve is situated almost 250 kilometres away from Hyderabad and 50 kilometres away from Mancherial district. Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is popular for its enormous variety of flora and fauna. It was given the status of being a Tiger Reserve in the year 2012 and has a rich and varied population of Cheetahs. The tall teak trees that shade the forest are protected by the wildlife authorities.

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1965 but it was only in 1999 (under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1970) that it was declared as a Protected Area in the region. Before being recognized as a reserve, the sanctuary was the hunting grounds of the Nizams who ruled the region. They would frequent the forests mainly to hunt Tigers. In order to protect the population of Tigers in the region, in 2012, the sanctuary was later recognized as a Tiger Reserve but the main aim is to preserve the complete flora and fauna. The region also serves as a catchment area for River Kadam, which is a tributary of River Godavari and feeds the river, especially during the monsoon season.

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Tiger Research Project

The region where the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary lies was a very popular site for hunting. Until the year 1965, it was a marked game reserve that encouraged hunting in a controlled manner. It was only later under the Wildlife (Protection) Act that the region was declared as a sanctuary. This event occurred in 1972. The final notification came in August 1999. After this, the area was divided into six ranges: Kadam, Pembi, Jannaram, Indanpally, Tadlapet, and Birsaipet. In 2012, the sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve. This led to the shift of tigers from Chandrapur region to the Kawal sanctuary. The migration of the tigers was done because the vegetation and environment of the Kawal sanctuary are a lot more suited for tiger's environment now and in the future.

Geography

The location of the sanctuary makes it a corridor that serves in connecting the southern forests of Andra Pradesh and the forests of Maharashtra which in turn are connected to the forests in the Vidharba region. The primary source of water for this region is the Kadam reservoir. The reservoir fills during floods and supplies water to the Godavari throughout the year. The states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh depend on the water of Godavari. After it passes through the forest, the river renews its water from the various streams that flow through the forest and swells up. Godavari River is the lifeline of this region.

Wildlife

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary houses a wide variety of plant and animal species that include mammals, birds and reptiles. The forests consist of dense vegetation/ plantation of Teak, Bamboo, Cassias, Terminalia and Anogeisus trees. A large population of Tigers, Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Wolf, the Barking Deer, Cheetah, Chowsingha, Sloth Bear, Nilgai, Hyena etc. live in the dense forest. Crocodiles, Pythons, Cobras, Monitor Lizards and Tortoise are often found near the water body inside the sanctuary. Often during a Jungle Safari, tourists can spot them going about their business. A large variety of birds can also be found here. Officials have documented about 250 different species of birds living inside the sanctuary.

Best Time To Visit Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

The animals tend to come out to open areas during colder months. That is why the best time to visit Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months November to May. It makes the animals a lot easier to spot. The temperature ranges between 17 to 25 degrees Celsius in November and 22 to 27 degrees Celsius in May. There is a little to no rain during these months in this region.

Tips For Visiting Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Safaris are cancelled if it has rained the day before as the roads get muddy and unsafe. It is suggested to check the weather forecast before making a safari booking.
You are advised to wear neutral coloured clothes while visiting the sanctuary.
Please keep the surroundings the clean and tidy.

Tribes at Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Safaris are cancelled if it has rained the day before as the roads get muddy and unsafe. It is suggested to check the weather forecast before making a safari booking.
You are advised to wear neutral coloured clothes while visiting the sanctuary.
Please keep the surroundings the clean and tidy.