National park of India / National park of South India
Sri Venkateswara National Park
Total Coverage Area
506 sq kms/50,060 ha
1989 as a National Park
It is located in Chittoor and Cuddapah district and located at a distance of 10 km. from Tirupati.
Description of Sri Venkateswara
Sri Venkateshwara National Park extends over two districts of Chittoor and Cuddapah of Andhra Pradesh in an area of 353.62 sq.km. The hilly terrain bounded by Seshachalam and Tirumala hills is rugged and beautiful with gorges, steep slopes, plateaus and valleys. The park is also famous for its beautiful waterfalls like Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana.
Visiting Season in Sri Venkateswara
November to January is the best time to visit the park though it is open throughout the year.
Access in Sri Venkateswara
Nearest airport is at Tirupati. Flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Vijayawada. Indian Airlines, Opposite Central Bus stand, Tirupati.
Nearest railway station is at Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Tirupati. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta (just 10-km from Tirupati) is a convenient point to alight.
10 kms from Tirupati by road. The park is a three hours drive or 160 km from Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu.
Temperature in Sri Venkateswara
The area is quite hot during the summer and not very cold during the winter with a max/min of 15 to 40o C. The principal rainfall is from North East monsoon.
Accommodation and facilities in Sri Venkateswara
Accommodation is available at Forest Rest House, Rajampet & Forest Rest House, Tirupati. Also one can avail luxury hotels at Tirupati.
Wildlife in Sri Venkateswara
It's dry deciduous mixed type of forest with patches of moist deciduous forest. It is famous for plant species like Sandalwood, Redsanders, Shorea, Thumbergiana, Shorea talura,Terminalia pallida, Cycas beddomei, Syzygium alternifolium etc. It has about 1500 plant species belonging to 176 families.
Mammals The sanctuary is famous for very rare slender Lorises and the rare and endangered golden Gecko, Indian Giant Squirrel, Tree Shrew and Flying Lizards. There are other mammal species like the Nilgai, Wildboar, occasional leopard, hyena etc to be seen here as well.
There are more than 100 species of birds in Sri Venkateswaram including Crested Serpant Eagle, Ashy Crowned Finch Lark, Indian Roller, Kingfishers, White bellied Woodpecker etc. So bird watchers can look forward to a busy and happy time.
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