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Srisailam Tiger Reserve

History

The Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India and sprawls over an area of 3568 square kilometres of land and shelters animals and birds of different species. It is located at a distance of around 150 km from the city of Hyderabad and is surrounded by the Nallamalai hills on the southern and eastern sides and the Krishna River on the other side. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1973 and was then incorporated under Project Tiger a decade later.

The Srisailam Tiger Reserve is not only known for its tigers but also houses several other species of fauna, the most notable attractions of the place being the presence of Leopards, Panthers, Blackbuck, Spotted deer and reptiles such as crocodiles and snakes. The forests largely consist of the Southern Tropical dry mixed deciduous forest, Hardwickia forest, Southern thorn forest and Southern Euphorbia scrub.

The River Krishna, which is the main water source for both irrigation and drinking in the reserve, is also a big tourist grabber. Visitors bathe in the river to cleanse themselves before visiting the sacred shrines of Brahmaramba, Mallikarjunaswamy, Uma-Maheshwara and Saraswati. On the river and lying inside the reserve are two multipurpose reservoirs - The Nagarjuna and the Srisailam. The river also births many tributaries which in turn give rise to several majestic waterfalls such as Ethipothala Falls, Pedda Dukudu, Gundam and Chaleswaram. Several other tourist spots are in close vicinity to the reserve including temples and pilgrimage spots.

Best time to visit

The climate of Srisailam on the whole is hot and arid. The summer months March - June are blistering hot with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. The winters are pleasant with temperatures lying around 10 degrees. The wildlife present in the reserve tend to confine themselves in the cooler valleys, and thus out of sight during summers.

The best time to visit Srisailam Tiger Reserve therefore lies between the months of November to March.

Trivia

The estimated number of tigers in the Srisailam Tiger Reserve is around 65 and is only one of the two states including Madhya Pradesh where the tiger population has actually fallen instead of increasing.

The town of Srisailam is a strictly vegetarian place.

Timing

The reserve prohibits vehicular traffic at night. Even the road between Hyderabad and Srisailam remains closed to traffic overnight from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, so visitors should avoid this particular route at night.


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