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Andhra Pradesh Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
The Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is a rich region with flora, fauna and their supporting ecologies in the Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, in South India. It is a popular destination for tourists visiting Hyderabad or neighboring areas and especially a favorite of nature enthusiasts.
The Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 839 sq km of hilly and forested area, at the heart of which is the artificial Pakhal Lake, which roughly measures 30 sq km. This lake is an integral part of the Sanctuary ecosystem and a superb retreat for tourists as essential it is to the animals, as a watering hole. The tree cover is typical of north Andhra Pradesh, which is a scruffy mixture of deciduous and tropical species of trees and shrubs.
The history of the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary extends from the Pakhal Lake, which dates back to 13th century CE. It is said be the work of the Kakatiyan Kings and more specifically it is believed that King Ganpathideva built it around the year 1213 CE. Since then, the artificial Pakhal Lake has become the heart of the ecosystem of the surrounding forest and is often credited for sustaining the biodiversity of the surrounding forests.
The region around the Lake was designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1952 because of the diversity in its wild life and habitat.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The winter is the popular visiting season for the Pakhal Sanctuary as it is with the majority of South India. The weather is hot and dry most of the year with the exception of Monsoon and the temperatures in winter are quite pleasant for outdoor activities. The best time to visit Pakhal is between November to April.
How to Reach
The nearest international Airport is at Hyderabad, which is around 130 km away and is connected to all the major cities in India and a few international hubs.
Warangal is the closest railway station at 50 km away from Pakhal, which is well connected to Hyderabad and to other cities like Bangalore and Nagpur and the surrounding states.
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible from Warangal or Hyderabad that is more popular. The roads connecting the region are good and part of the national and state highways
The Pakhal Lake is host to many migratory birds that fly south during winter and also during the mating season. These are mostly common wading birds and waterfowl from the Deccan and south India.
The dense forests and the presence of the constant water body has supported reptilian species in the region, which range from snakes like the Cobra, Python, Common Krait and species like the Crocodile and Monitor Lizard.
The mammalian species are the largest group of animals in the Pakhal ecosystem, ranging from herbivores like the Sloth Bear, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, Black Buck, Mountain Gazelle and Spotted Deer. Carnivores like the Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Wild Dog and Jackal can also be spotted roaming freely in the protected area.
The wildlife viewing in Pakhal Sanctuary is a pleasure because of its safe nature trails and special observation decks provided by the Forest Department. There are special amenities for families as well.
Where to Stay
The PWD (Public Works Department) has provided with rest houses for visitors to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a continual rush at these lodgings and it is advised to book these well in prior, alternatively one may stay at the small town of Sulurpet that is nearby.
- Many private organizers arrange tours and treks with activities like bird watching and trailing, tourists often avail their services, as it is most convenient.
- If a one has to organize a safari or a trip to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chief Wildlife Warden’s office and the Forest Department’s must be contacted, as they arrange and regulate such activities.