Wildlife Pleasures at the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted in Asia | May 15, 2012 | Comment Now

Spanning over an area of around 3568 square kilometers, the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where you will find yourself surrounded by the best wildlife pleasures and the most fascinating wildlife experiences.

With the best collection of the cormorants, catla, murrel, rahu, karugu, ech, painted storks, chidwa, teals, herons, cormorants, coots, spoon bills, black and white ibises, storks etc, the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for all nature lovers.

Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary

The bird sanctuary spreads over an area of around 20 square kilometers and is also home to some of the best varieties. The park also has a lovely collection of marsh crocodiles.

There is an interesting Environmental Education Centre which also has a museum, an auditorium and a library. This museum mainly aims at educating the visitor about the place and introducing the concept of conservation of nature and maintenance of ecological balance here.

Visitors normally take the boat to reach the sanctuary and bird watching enthusiasts love to come here and enjoy the pleasures of the best sights of the birds here. Armed with binoculars and books, these bird lovers also like to enjoy the film shown on birds on a 16mm projector.

The Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to some of the best kinds of molluscs, prawns and Zoo planktons, reptilian varieties like the fresh water turtles, monitor lizards, marsh crocodiles and cobra.

Marsh crocodiles at Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary Monitor lizard in Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary has a dense growth of babul trees and the place also has water plants like vallisneria, pistia, hydrilla and eichornia.

How to Reach

Manjira is very near the city of Hyderabad, which is around 150 kilometres from here.

The dense vegetation of the state of Andhra Pradesh provides the ideal wildlife locale for the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary and it is an intrigue to see the collection of deciduous forests and mangroves. The Nallmalai region has the loveliest amalgamation of deciduous trees and the Coringa mangrove belt has a great variety of mangroves. This is thus an ideal spot for the wildlife variety.

Besides the amazing species of birds and reptiles in the Manjira verdant expanse, one also finds the tiger, wild boar, panther, fox, jungle muntjak and the gaur here. You also have the spotted deer, wild dog and the sloth bear which add to the beauty of the region. Fishing cats are common here and also the salt water crocodiles.

Spotted deer in Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary Gaur in Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary

Located near Sangareddy in the district of Medak, the sanctuary lies between the Singur and the Manjira barrages.

Said to be created out of nine small islands, this region is a hub of migratory birds, wild animals and also muggers. The Puttigadda, Sangamadda, Bapangadda and the Karnamgadda are some of the islands of this region. They are also the main breeding and nesting places for the birds here. The birds nest here due to the thick vegetation of the region.

Crocodiles are found in plenty here as mentioned earlier. These number more than 300 in the sanctuary. In the year 1974, in fact the mugger had reached a stage of extinction in the state of Andhra Pradesh. But the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary today has preserved four pairs of the muggers as it provides an original habitat for the mugger. This area where the muggers are found is today declared as a crocodile sanctuary spanning over 20 square kilometers. There is a crocodile breeding program that is conducted here.

The best time to visit the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March.

Wildlife sanctuary zones are created to protect the animals and preserve their species. These zones allow the animals, birds and reptiles to live at their own pace and at their will. This results in a good collection of their own species. So the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary provides not only the right habitat, but also the best sights for the tourist.

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