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Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve

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An undulating terrain, steep cliffs and subterranean valleys is what describes the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. The Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve spreads over five districts – Nalgonda, Mahaboobnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur – in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Accommodation

Tourists can feed good accommodation in guesthouses and cottages located in the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve itself, near the temples within the sanctuary.

Lodging facility is available in Forest Rest Houses are available at Mannanur (4 suites), Srisailum (2 suites), and Bairluty (2 suites). Several lodging and boarding facilities are available in PWD guesthouses at Nagarjunasagar. For reservation at the Forest Guest Houses, contact: Asst. Directors Project Tiger Achampet and Atmakur.

Best time to visit

October to June.

Transport

By Air: Hyderabad is 316 km. away.

By Rail: Hyderabad as well as Markapur (85 km. away) are connected to Srisailam.

By Road: Srisailam is 190 km. from Kurnool, 220 km. from Guntur, 470 km. from Chennai, and 85 km. from Mannanur.

Mammals such as the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, pangolin, spotted deer, sambar, mouse deer, black buck, chinkara, chausingha; reptiles such as the mugger, python, cobra and birds like the peafowl are found here.

The region is hilly marked with several plateaux such as the Amrabad, Srisailam, Peddacheruvu, Sivapuram and the Nekkanti. The region receives rainfall from both the southwest monsoon winds as well as from the northeast. The mighty Krishna and several waterfalls that dot the region, highlight the hidden beauty of wild India.

The vegetation is typically southern tropical dry mixed deciduous forest in addition to Hardwickia forest type, southern thorn forest as well as Southern Euphorbia scrub. Anogeissus latifolia, Cleisthanthus collinus, Terminalia species, Pterocarpus marsupium, Hardwickia binata, Boswellia serrata, Tectona grandis, Mandelia suberora and Albizzia species are indigenous varieties found here.

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Visitors to the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve have to obtain permission to enter the Reserve from the field director. Night driving is absolutely not permitted in the park.

Useful Contacts

Field Director, Project Tiger, Sunnbipenta Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh – 5181102. Tel.: 08524- 86098.

Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam Dam East, Andhra Pradesh – 512102.

The area comprises ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam run by the great Buddhist scholar Nagarjunacharya (150 A.D.). Remains of the Ishwaku Chandragupta, ruling during the 3rd Century B.C., have also been found over looking the Nijrivapuram Valley.

In fact, several forts like the fort built under the reign of Pratap Rudra of the kakateeya Dynasty, had been established on the banks of the mighty Krishna that cuts across the reserve. Cave shelters and rock temples have also been excavated. Temples have been discovered, making it a famous pilgrim location.

When it was under British raj, the Reserve was divided into two sections, the northern half under the control of the princely State of Hyderabad for hunting, while the southern half was commanded by the British. Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam was notified as a sanctuary 1978 and it was in 1983 that it was declared as a Tiger Reserve. It was in 1992 that the reserve was renamed and referred to as the Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary.

 
 
 

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