The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is one of the very limited number of sanctuaries in India that is sincerely dedicated to breeding programs and proper housing of Gharials, a cousin of the mighty crocodiles. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Indian Gharials’ or ‘Gavials’. They are characterized by their exceedingly elongated and unbelievably slender snouts that invariably demarcates them from their evolutionary contemporaries, the crocodiles.
The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is positioned at the rendezvous point of the twin rivers, namely, Ken and Khudar. Being positioned inside the premises of the Chattarpur district approximately 24 kilometers away from Khajuraho, the Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a popular destination that is frequently visited by animal enthusiasts.
The Gharial, chief attraction of the Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a rare breed of reptiles. Although they share a common line of evolutionary descent with the crocodiles, they are deficient in the robust jaw power and sheer skull strength that is vested to the crocodiles. But on the other hand the Gharials are proficient in trapping down wee fishes and supple body movements that is rarely seen in crocodiles.
Flora and Fauna:
The Gharials of the Ken Gharial Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh are recorded to have grown to an astounding length of 6 meters. Other species that can also be seen in the Ken Gharial Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh are mentioned below:- Chinkara, Cheeta, Wild Boar, Blue Bull or Nilgai Peacock.
Although the myths about the ‘killer gharial’ is obviously not true as their fragile jaws are virtually incompetent in consuming human beings and for that matter any large animal, but it is advisable to keep your safe distance from these creatures.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary is the abode of other species like the Nilgiri, Sambars, Gaurs, Barking Deer, Chausingha,, Muntjac, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Dhole or the wild dog and the Jackel.
Best Time to Visit:
The period from October to March is ideal to visit the Sanctuary.
How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airport is Khajuraho.
Rail: The nearest railhead are Satna and Harpalpur.
Road: If you desire to travel by road, aim for Khajuraho.
Madhya Pradesh, India
Gharial, Chinkara, Cheeta, Wild Boar Wild Buffalo