Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is situated some 50 kilometres away from
Warrangal town, alongside a man made lake named Pakhal in the state
of Andhra Pradesh. The distance from Hyderabad is about 112 kms and
the place is connected by a number of roads.
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is a great tourist place not far from
Warrangal. The place features beautiful landscapes and an
environment dominated by nature itself. The sanctuary is spread good
over 860 square kilometres. The sanctuary has been named after the
man made lake Pakhal lake that was excavated during the first decade
of the 13th century. The tropical deciduous forests and the wildlife
makes it an exhilarating place. The park is home to great many
species of wild animals. The sprawling flat land and low hills make
up the enivrons at Pakhal. The place was established as a wildlife
sanctuary in the year 1952.
Biological diversity is the key feature of the sanctuary. The place
is inhabited by many a species of woodland animals who roam around
in the cover of the forest. The flora and fauna, for which it has
gained quite a reputation include:
Flora: Most of the forest area is covered by dry deciduous
plant life interspersed at few places with evergreen vegetation. The
evergreen species include Aegele marmelos and Mallotus philippensis.
Deciduous vegetation includes Adina cordifolia, Bombax ceiba,
Bridelia retusa, etc. The names are for people who have a taste for
botanical names. For a layman the area is lined up with big and
rough trees some of which are colored dark green all through the
year. The forest floor is covered with shrubs and dense bushes at
Fauna: Among animal species we have leopard, sambhar,
nilgai, sloth bear, spotted deer, mountain gazelle, four horned
antelope, wild boar and black buck. There is also a large number of
migratory birds that come in the breeding season.
From Hyderabad city the road distance to Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
is about 112 kms. There are private tour operators who run their
buses to the place. One can also access the place by taking a bus to
Warrangal and from there on switch to the one plying for the park.
Train services are available up to Warrangal.
Best time to visit
November to May is the best time to visit the place. The
temperature is then tolerable.
Accommodation is provided by PWD Rest House. It is advised to make
an early booking for the Rest House.