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Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Warangal town in the state of Telangana and is one of the oldest grand sanctuaries in India. This large sanctuary covers 812 sq. km. of dry deciduous mixed forests. The vegetation here is tropical dry deciduous with teak and other trees of good quality standing 60ft and above. The area is mostly plain with some hilly terrain at altitude ranging from 200-450 metres with many streams and springs. It has teak and other trees of good quality standing 60 feet and above. It was declared a sanctuary in 1952. The area is full of steep and gentle slopes. The area is rich in both floral and faunal composition typical to deccan plateau and Godavari a mosaic of habitats from semi rain forest to moist deciduous valleys, catering to the needs of variety of animals.

Flora and Fauna

  • About 135 species of plants including shrubs, climbers, tress such as Diospyrous Melanoxylon, Tectona Grandis, Anogessus Latifolia etc showcases the rich diversity of the area.
  • The sanctuary is the home of 30 species of mamals which include Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer, Pangolin, Flying Squirrel. Birds like Grey Hornbill, Open Billed Stock, Small Green Billed Malkhoa etc makes this place birds paradise.
  • The wonderful reptilian fauna is represented with the presence of over the 10 species of reptiles like Marsh, Crocodile, Star Back Tortoise etc.
  • The invertebrate fauna like Long Horned Beetle, Blue Bottle Buterfly, Scorpion, Tunel Spider, Katydid Grasshopper etc.

Other Attractions

  • Kakatiya Musical Garden
  • Bhadrakali Temple
  • Thousand Pillared Temple
  • Warangal Fort
  • Kakatiya Rock Garden

Best time to Visit

  • Between September to March is the best season to visit the park.

Climate

  • Temperature in summer ranges from 22°C to 41°C.
  • Temperature in winter ranges from 15°C to 30°C.

How to Reach

By Air - The nearest airport to the park is Hyderabad International Airport.

By rail - Warangal Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the park.

By Road - A number of RTC buses and private transport are available from Warangal.