Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is an important attraction in tour to Gujarat. This is a beautiful sanctuary that preserves a diverse range of flora and fauna in the state. Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. The sanctuary stretches for miles along the brackish water reserve of the state. It makes for a veritable heaven for Gujaratâ€™s diverse wildlife, which needs protection. Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary makes for a peaceful abode for birds and animals.
Spread about in an area of 608 sq km, the sanctuary is home to a huge population of Leopards, Wild Sloth Bears, Hyena, various species of Deers and Wild Dogs. You can also see the Rhesus Monkey and the Barking Deer or Muntjac which are rarely found in the other parts of the country at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Reserve.
The forests of the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary are considered as some of the best and densest in the State and are well known for their richness of biodiversity. The moist deciduous forests have very high scenic and aesthetic values and the flora of the ecosystem represents remnants of semi-evergreen to moist deciduous forest. A major portion of natural vegetation in the sanctuary is modified due to influence of the biotic pressure and forestry operations. All the forest types in the sanctuary merge into each other imperceptibly. The predominant plant species in the sanctuary is Teak, however; patches of pure bamboo dominate the western and north-western parts.
Apart from pure bamboo, the western and north-western parts of the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary are also dominated by some other plant species. These species include Haldu, Sadad, Amla, Khair, Harde, Amaltas, Mahuda, Tanach, Bor, Timru, Aritha, Karanj, Bamboo, etc. About 575 species of flowering plants have also been found in the Sanctuary. The thick vegetative ground cover in the sanctuary provides endless greenery and home to a variety of life forms. It also conserves the soil and water. The sanctuary`s climate usually remains comfortable throughout the year. However, the months of October to March are considered the best time for visiting the sanctuary, as the climatic condition remains at its best during this period.
The faunal composition of the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is rich with a variety of mammal, reptile and bird species. The Sloth Bear found in the sanctuary with its typical auburn shaggy fur is an important member of the fauna family. The other mammal species, named Rhesus Monkey, which is considered as ancestors of the human race, are also found in abundance here. The other important and notable mammal fauna species found in the sanctuary include Barking Deer (also called Muntjac), Leopards, Sambhars, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Large flying Squirrel, etc. Apart from the mammal fauna species, many important bird species are also found in the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a huge population of Leopards, Wild Sloth Bears, Hyena, various species of Deers, sambar and wild dog. You can also see the Rhesus Monkey and the Barking Deer or Muntjac which are rarely found in the other parts of the country at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Reserve.
Best Time to Visit:
The months of October to March is considered the best time to visit the sanctuary.
Air: The closest airport is at Vadodara.
Rail: Bharuch is the nearest railway station.
Road: Bharuch, Rajpipla, Chanod, and Dabhoi are accessible by buses. The Sardar Sarovar dam site can be reached by private vehicle.
General Info / Tips:
Contact: Dy. Conservator of Forests, Rajpipla (east), Rajpipla, District â€“ Bharuch. Phone: 02640-20013
Accomodation: Rajwant Palace at Rajpipla. PWD and Panchayat guest houses at Dediapada, (Approx. 30km.)
Ankaleshwar (60 Kms.)
Leopard, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Hyena