Wildlife Sanctuaries in Gujarat The Call of The Wild- Ngtraveller
That's right! Ethnic cities with vibrant streets, delicious food, architectural delights and popular attractions, Gujarat has aspects you may not know about.
Gujarat is truly an experience in itself. It will fill your heart with joy and your vacation with precious moments. Colorful festivals, incomparable tours, delicious food, and more.
Between these fun-filled adventures, Gujarat's wild nature remains hidden. Yes! Gujarat offers more than just Undhiyu, Dhokla, Navratri, and Rann Kutch. It also allows you to meet the amazing wild animals and birds that will provide you with a moving experience of a lifetime.
So, delve into the rich flora and fauna of Gujarat and discover the multi-layered wildlife hidden in these Gujarat wildlife sanctuaries.
Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Once a private forest in the former princely states of Ranavav and Jamnagar, the Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is among the most popular sanctuaries in the country. It houses two major rivers, Bileshvary, Joghri and Khambala and Fodera are the main dams.
Did you know The government has also taken the initiative to conserve Asia in the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary.
You will see many mountain passes, natural streams, and idyllic flora and fauna. The sanctuary provides shelter for various mammals, birds, and reptiles. Hyena, spotted deer, crocodiles, wild boar, sambar, chameleon and chinkara are some of the endangered species that you can see here. In addition, it has three species of the most poisonous snakes in the country. You can also see various kinds of amazing birds in this sanctuary like flamingos, hawks, spotted eagles, etc.
650 species of plants and trees! This is crazy! Babol, Bamboo, Jamun, Bir, Dondlow, Ryan, Gorad and more can be viewed here.
Kutch Bustard Sanctuary
Nicknamed the "Kachchh Indian Bustard Sanctuary", this sanctuary is located in a quiet and picturesque village. For those who do not know, the Indian bustard is one of the heaviest flying birds belonging to the Otididae family of birds. Also, this bird is known as "Gorad" in Gujarat, as its height and weight match those of an ostrich. Funny is not it?
Did you know It was declared a sanctuary in 1992 with the aim of preserving and protecting the great Indian bird.
In addition to the Indian bustard, you can see more than 20 species of exotic birds. Some of the birds found here are McQueen's Bustard, Stoliczkas, Merlins, Lesser Florican, and Bush Chats. Some of the majestic animals found at Kutch Bustard Sanctuary include domestic animals, jungle cats, desert cats, and migratory birds.
Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is one of Gujarat's famous wildlife sanctuaries.
Chinkaras is one of the highlights of this shrine that people come to here. Besides Chinkara, you can also see wolves, cat family, foxes, leopards and pangolins.
However, the vegetation of this refuge is full of bushes.
Did you know Salt water from groundwater hampered tree growth and wind and rocky soil exacerbated growth.
The Narayan Sarovar Shrine has around 252 species of plants and trees, including Ogando bevel, cariso, and unofficial kendo. Hard, rough trees such as euphorbia, acacia, and acacia can be seen.
Not only this, you can discover bird species such as black partridge, Indian bustard, little flower, pigeon, robins, raptors, franklins and more.
Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary
As the name suggests, the Ratanmahal Shrine is famous for its star-studded sloths. The pristine beauty of this small piece of land gives visitors the feeling of being on a hill. Nearby tribal villages like Baria and Chhota Udepur are a unique opportunity to meet the locals. Therefore, all wildlife lovers must visit Ratanmahal Sloth Sanctuary in Gujarat.
Did you know There are currently about fifty hectares of land under the Gujarat Irrigation Department.
Observing the behavior of a sloth bear is a wonderful experience. Apart from these, leopards are also a great attraction. The forests also include dry teak forests in the foothills and deciduous forests with dry bamboo on their edges. The high concentration of calendula trees provides a favorite food for sloths.
Apart from this, you can find around 147 wild species like gray forest birds, quail, common charlatan, crested viper eagle, green pigeon, gold-backed woodpecker, tailor's bird, partridge, Alexandrine parrot and more. The king cobra, krait, python, common Indian monitor, and rat snakes are some of the reptiles found at this sanctuary.
Thol Wildlife Sanctuary
Thule Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is located around Lake Thule. This sanctuary has a shallow body of water for dozens of birds that come here. Flamingos and Sarus Crane are the distinctive birds of this sanctuary that you may observe as they are rare to find anywhere else. Other birds you may see here include onions, wagtails, ibis, purple swamp hens, spoonbills, ringed plovers, grouse, withered green birds, sunbirds, and more.
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Apart from this, mammals such as striped hyenas, wolves, golden jackals, bluebells and black deer are also found here. The swamp vegetation is one of the main attractions of the Thule Wildlife Sanctuary. From soft to hard, you can find a variety of flower types.
Did you know Lake Thule is a freshwater reservoir that was artificially built in 1912. At that time, India was facing an acute water crisis. This lake was used for the main irrigation purposes.
Plan a day trip to Thol Wildlife Sanctuary for a relaxing wildlife adventure. The nature around you will cheer you up immediately.
Wild Ass Sanctuary
Take a trip to the Wild Donkey Sanctuary and see the last of the wild donkeys while you can. His homeland is threatened by the development of industries on the outskirts.
Did you know The Wild Ass Sanctuary is home to about 4,450 wild asses according to the 2015 census.
Unlike other shrines, this arid Gujarat landscape covers Malia and Dhrangadhra in Kutch. It has a variety of plants and animals. Mesquite lives in daytime areas, but the plains thrive with rich vegetation. This shrine contains around 253 types of flowers, 23 types of shrubs, 18 climbers, 157 unique types of herbs, and 37 types of herbs. It's not crazy? You can also find 107 species of algae here.
From frogs and toads to mollusks and crustaceans, and from spiders to insects, there is much here to keep you intrigued. Wild Ass Sanctuary includes 29 species of reptiles, including lizards, turtles, snakes, and crocodiles.
Plan to visit this sanctuary to see more than 75,000 bird nests that live in the 250-acre area, as well as migratory birds.