Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary


591-sq-kms/59,100 ha

Established In

1978 as a sanctuary


50-km From Rajahmundry, Spreading Over Three Districts Of Khammam, East And West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

Description of Papikonda

Nestled in fertile Godavari basin is one of the finest representative forests of the eastern ghats known for the big cats like Tiger, Leopard and the large herbivores is also a treasure trove of the birds. It lies on the left and right banks of the river Godavari and cuts through the Papikonda hill range of Eastern Ghats.

Papikonda is part of the precipitous Papikonda range (150-1,350m). The river Godavari cuts through the preciptious Papikonda range through a picturesque gorge.

Varied and multifarious streams emanating from covers of the hill make the Papikonda forest vegetation luxuriant. All these constitute to make the area into a typical ecological, facinal and geomorphological zone.

Visiting Season in Papikonda

November To June

Access of Papikonda

By Rail

Nearest railway station is at Rajahmundry.

By Road

Papikonda sanctuary is 50-km from Rajahmundry and is well connected by road.

Accommodation of Papikonda

Forest rest house is available at Rajahmundry, Maredumilli, Kannapuram

Wildlife of Papikonda


The different species of flora found here are Tectona Grandis, Terminalias, Tomentosa, Lagerstroemia Lanceolata, Latifolia, Albizzia Amara, Albizzia Lebbeck. Dendrocalamus Strictus Bambusa Arundinacea.


The habitat is suited for Tigers, Gaurs, Panther and other animals like Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Sambar, Hyena, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Muggers. The presence of Gharials was also reported. A variety of both resident and migratory birds are found along river Godavari and its tributaries.

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