Location : 25 km. from Hyderabad
If one really wants to enjoy nature, surrounded by birds and
animals, then Mrigavani National Park is the right place. It is
situated in Chilkur, 25 km. from Hyderabad which covers an area of
The Forest Department has declared it as a National Park and is
currently administered by it to have a natural feel and look. This
park contains of 600 varieties of birds, 20 varieties of snakes and
other animal habitat. The more importance to Eco tourism and to
protect it from environmental disasters, a sum of Rs. 7 lakhs has
been granted by the Central Government and a sum of 10 lakhs has
been granted by the State government.
Every year from July to February, the Forest Department conducts
around 150 camps, with a minimum of 4 to 5 camps per week.
Basically, the main purpose of these camps is to educate every
students about the concepts of Ecology and Eco-diversity. Every
year, for this purpose, the Forestry Department sends invitations to
all the schools in and around twin cities. The schools select around
50-60 students for participation in these camps. The responsibility
and needs of the students are well taken care by the forest
officials once they are in the camp. As an aim to create awareness
about the Environment, the entry to all the students is free. In
addition to that, arrangements have also been made to provide free
like tea, snacks and lunch.
The park harbors over 600 plant species ranging from bryophytes,
Pteridophytes, Climbers, Herbs, Shrubs and Trees. The vegetative
cover presents a mosaic of woodland and grasslands. Prominent trees
are Teak, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Neem, Bamboo, etc. You can find a
large number of spices such as Sambar, Cheetal, Wild Boar,
Porcupine, Hare, Forest Cat, Civet Cat, Mongoose, Peacocks,
Warblers, Babblers, Flower Peckers, Partridges, Lapwings, Ducks,
Curlews and Quails and more than 20 species of butterflies and
several hundred species of other insects and worms.
You can also watch the tourist facilities like an Environmental
Education Center with an auditorium, a well-stocked library and a
museum with wildlife exhibits. Snake show with live specimens is an
added attraction also for tourists. Cottages facilities are also
available for tourists on rent like 'Mayuri' and 'Chakora' who visit
this park in the day time, the entrance fee is Rs. 200. But the same
is not allowed for the student. The accommodation is free for
students and they are allowed to stay whole night, while they are
dropped safely to their respective places in the early morning.