Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is one the most fascinating tourist attractions of India. The dense forest of the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary holds diverse biodiversities that invites admirers of nature to visit this place frequently. Situated amidst wide range of biodiversities, the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is considered a major spot for those interested in wildlife photography and adventure. This wildlife sanctuary is the home land to varieties of wild animals, birds and reptiles species and hence also considered an important tourist destination for admirers of nature.

The Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Medak and Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Wildlife Sanctuary got its name from the Pocharam Lake, on the shore of which it is located. The sanctuary spreads over 130-sq-km of area and was established in the year 1952 by the Nizam of Hyderabad for the hunting pleasure, however the bio-diversity in the region prompted the erstwhile government of Hyderabad to declare it a sanctuary to conserve its wild lives.

Flora:
One can notice an extensive growth of Babul Prosopis. Plants commonly found in water are Pistia, Hydrilla, Eichornia and Vallisneria.

Fauna:
Fishes of various species like Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Ech Paten, Karugu, Chidwa and reptiles like Monitor Lizards, Fresh Water Turtles, Cobra and Marsh Crocodiles can be seen here. Different species of birds found here are Painted Storks, Herons, Coots, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, SpoonBills, and Open Billed Storks etc.

The sanctuary has nine small islands like Puttigadda, Bapangadda, Sangamgadda, Karnamgadda etc., which are the main breeding and nesting ground for the birds. The islands and the river banks have thick growth of Babul, Prosopis and lpomea which together make excellent nesting spots for the birds.

Major Wildlife Attractions:
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is the homeland to many characteristic animals and plant species including Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chowsingha, Chinkara, Hyena and Jackal, Painted Storks, herons, Coots, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills and Open Billed Storks, and others. The deep forests of the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary has green vegetation like Babul prosopis, Pistia, Hydrilla, Eichornia and Vallisneria. As the habitat of the sanctuary is southern tropical mixed dry deciduous with predominantly, it provides living ground for large flocks of migratory birds like Bar-headed goose, Brahminy ducks, Painted storks etc.

Best Time to Visit:
October to May is considered the best time to visit the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to Get there:
Road: A number of buses and private transport to the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary are available from Macherla,
which is the nearby town from where regular bus and jeep services are available to reach the sanctuary.

Rail: The nearest railway stations is Hyderabad which is 150 kms away from the sanctuary.

Air: Hyderabad is the nearest airport.

General Info / Tips:
The climate of the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary region is usually hot round the year. Most of the precipitation in the region occurs during summer. Maximum temperatures during the long dry season in summer soars upto a stifling 44° Celsius while winters in the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary are usually mild.

Location:
Andhra Pradesh, India

Nearest Access:
Hyderabad (55 kms.)

Wildlife Found:
Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Cheetal, Sambar

Coverage Area:
129.84-sq-kms