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Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park

Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park
Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park
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Established in October 1989, Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary & National Park is named after Lord Venkateswara- the 'Lord of Seven Hills' of Tirupati. The park spreads on an area of about 353.62sq.km over Chittoor and Cuddapah districts of Andhra Pradesh.  The area surrounding the national park features wide ranging natural attractions including rugged terrain of Seshachalam and Tirumala hills, slice cut gorges, steep slopes, plateaus and deep valleys. These landscapes and terrain provide natural habitat for wile animals, birds and trees. Another major attraction at the park is the breathtaking waterfalls like Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana.

Tirupati which is south India's most sacred pilgrimage destination is located just 10 km from the sanctuary. The entire reserve is rich in flora and fauna as well as bird species. The wide variety of fauna found at the sanctuary include Tiger, Civet, Jackal, Black Buck, Panther, Spotted Deer, Ibex, Sloth Bear, Pig, Bear, Bonnet Monkey, Wild Dogs, Bison, Jackal, Fox, Rare Golden Gecko, Jungle Fowl, Indian Giant Squirrel, Tree Shrew, Flying Lizards, Nilgai, Wildboar, Occasional Leopard and Hyena. More than 1,500 species of plants are to be found at the sanctuary including  Sandalwood, Redsanders, Shorea, Thumbergiana, Shorea Talura, Terminalia pallida, Cycas beddomei, Syzygium alternifoliumm, Tamba Jalari, Gymnosperm, Tella Karakaya, etc.

Best Time to Visit: Year Round

How to Reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is at Tirupati
By Rail: Nearest railway station is at Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Tirupati
By Road: 10 km from Tirupati and 160 km from Chennai