Covering a total of 353.62 square kilometer of land surface, Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh falls in two different districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely Chittoor and Cuddapah. This park came into being in the October 1989 and has since then drawn in thousands of wildlife lovers from all over the world. Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh was named after Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati.
Park has a beautiful landscape that is marked by the rugged topographical features. The whole park is surrounded by the Seshachalam and Tirumala hills and is marked by gorges, steep slopes, plateaus and valleys. Here, you can find some beautiful cascading waterfalls that add to the beauty and charm of the national park. You can hear the constant gurgling sound of the Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana waterfalls once you visit the wilderness of Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh.
Venkateswara National Park is the ideal place, from where you can go for trekking. You can site a beautiful forest bungalow on your way, which has a stream in its background. To stay at the bungalow in the Sri Venkateswara National Park, you need to take permission from the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.
The flora of the national park is typically dry and deciduous. At the valleys, you can find moist deciduous forests scattered everywhere. There are over 1500 plant species that belongs to the 176 families present in the national park. Various different species of vegetation and plants are found in this national park. Some of the priceless tree species that are gown in Venkateswara National Park are Red Sanders, sandalwood, Tamba Jalari, Gymnosperm and Tella Karakkaya.
Among the wild animals, which are commonly found in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh are tiger, rare and endangered golden gecko, panther, ibex, Sambar, black buck, spotted deer bison, Bonnet monkey, sloth bear, pig, civet cat, bear, mongoose, jackal, fox, wolf, wild dogs, jungle cat, Indian giant squirrel, tree shrew, lizards and various birds like peacock, partridges, jungle fowl, and quail to mention some of them.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Sri Venkateswara National Park, is home to tiger, rare and endangered golden gecko, panther, ibex, Sambar, black buck, spotted deer bison, Bonnet monkey, sloth bear, pig, civet cat, bear, mongoose, jackal, fox, wolf, wild dogs, jungle cat, Indian giant squirrel, tree shrew, lizards and various birds like peacock, partridges, jungle fowl etc..
There are more than 100 species of birds in Sri Venkateswaram including Crested Serpant Eagle, Ashy Crowned Finch Lark, Indian Roller, Kingfishers, White bellied Woodpecker etc. So bird watchers can look forward to a busy and happy time.
Best Time to Visit:
November to January is the best time to visit the park though it is open throughout the year.
How to Get there:
Road: 10 kms from Tirupati by road. The park is a three hours drive or 160 km from Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu.
Rail: Nearest railway station is at Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Tirupati. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta (just 10-km from Tirupati) is a convenient point to alight.
Air: Nearest airport is at Tirupati. Flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Vijayawada. Indian Airlines, Opposite Central Bus stand, Tirupati.
General Info / Tips:
Accommodation is available at Forest Rest House, Rajampet & Forest Rest House, Tirupati. Also one can avail luxury hotels at Tirupati.
Andhra Pradesh, India
Tirupati (10 kms.)
Tiger, rare and endangered Golden Gecko, Panther, ibex, Sambar, Black Buck