National Parks and Sanctuaries in Gujarat

Gujarat is very rich in its flora and fauna. Gir forest in Gujarat is the only home for Asiatic Lion and there are many other animals and birds inhabit these forest. Here is the small introduction of major wild life sanctuaries and national parks of Gujarat.

National Parks and Sanctuaries in Gujarat

1) Ghudkhar (Wild Ass) Sanctuary:
Place: The Surendranagar/Kutch District in the small desert of Kutch.
Area: 4953 sq.kms.
Animals: Ghudhkhar or wild ass, panther, Kaliyar(black buck), wolf,Nilgai( blue
bull),jackal, wild pig and birds.
Facility: Government Circuit House and rest house at Dhangandhra.
Best Period: February to May
Railway Station: Halvad

2) Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary:
Place: The Surendranagar district 35 kms. away from Ahmedabad to Surendranagar near Sanand.
Area: 115 sq.kms.
Animals: Migrant birds,cranes,duck,spoonbill,hawk etc.
Facility: Small boats and binoculars available on hire.
Best Periods: November to February.
Railway Station: Sanand.

3) Gir Lion Sanctuary:
Place: The Junagadh district 64 kms. away from Junagadh and 32 kms. away from Veraval.
Area: 1412 sq.kms.
Animals: Lion, panther, deer, wild pig, stag, crocodile and birds.
Facility: Vehicles and guide are available. A library has been setup. Films and slide-shows are arranged.
Best Period: January to May.
Railway Station: Veraval, Sasangir.

4)Barda: A lion Sanctuary
Place: The Junagadh district
Area: 192 sq.kms.
Animals: Panther, wild pig, stag, rose, Monkey etc.
Best Period: November to March
Railway Station: Porbandar

5) Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary:
Place:The Bhavnagar District. 65 kms away from Bhavnagar to Valabhipur.
Area:18 sq.kms.
Animals: Black buck, wolf.
Facility:Rest House at Bhavnagar and long hut at Velavadar managed by forest dept. for lodging and boarding
Best Period:November to May.
Railway Station: Bhavnagar.

6) Ratanmahal Bear Sanctuary
Place:Limkheda taluka in Panchmahal district.
Area: 181sq.kms.
Animals:Bear , Panther, spotted deer, blue bull and pig.
Facility: Rest houses at Piparmora, Sagatala and Baria.
Best Period: December to March.
Railway Station: Baria and Pipalod.

7) Dunkhal Bear Sanctuary
Place:The Bharuch District.
Area:151 sq.kms
Animals:Bear, Panther, Sambhar,Hyena, Rabbit.
Facility:Rest House facility at a distance of 30 kms from Dediyapada.
Best Period: November to March
Railway Station: Ankleshwar.

8) Jesor Bear Sanctuary
Place:The Bansakantha District.
Area:181 sq.kms.
Animals:Bear, Lepord,Sambhar,Porcupine,Blue bull and birds.
Facility:Rest house at Amirgadh, irrigation bungalows at Dantiwada and holiday home at Balaram.
Best Period:December to February.
Railway Station:Palanpur,Iqbalgadh.

9) Marine National Park and Sanctuary
Place:The Jamnagar District, the coastal area from jodiya to Okha in bay of Kutch.
Area:National Park in 163 sq.kms and Sanctuary in 458 sq.kms.
Animals:Coral islands, Black Cornella, Dolphin and other water-birds.
Facility:Motor boats are made available by forest Dept.
Best Period:December to May.
Railway Station: Jamnagar.

10) Vansada National Park
Place:The Valsad District
Area:7 sq.kms
Animals:Tiger,Panther,Wild Pig,Hyena,Sambhar,Four-horn deer.
Facility:Rest house of PWD at Panchayat.
Best Period:November to February.
Railway Station:Bilimora

11) Hingolgadh A Natural Education Sanctuary
Place:The Rajkot District
Area:7 to 8 sq. kms
Animals:Blue bull, spotted deer, snakes and birds.
Facility:A government guest house at Jasdan
Best Period:November to March
Railway Station:Rajkot, Jasdan.


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