eturnagarmwildlife

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary or Eturnagaram forest wildlife refuge is located nearby Warangal town and is one of the grand old sanctuaries in India. The area is mostly plain with some hilly terrain at altitude ranging from 200-450 metres with many streams and springs. It has teak and other trees of good quality standing 60 feet and above. Located about 100 km from Warangal and 250 km from Hyderabad, it was declared a sanctuary in 1952. The area is full of steep and gentle slopes.

The ideal time to visit the Eturnagaram Sanctuary is between October and April as during this time of the year the weather is pleasant and the animals are seen in their natural habitat easily. To see wildlife in its natural habitat, visit to this forest wildlife sanctuary is a must. Many numbers of tourists are attracted to this sanctuary and the number is growing day by day.

This large sanctuary covers 812 sq. km. of dry deciduous mixed forests. The vegetation here is tropical dry deciduous with teak and other trees of good quality standing 60ft and above. Some endangered species of the region are black buck, nilgai, four horned antelope, chinkara, spotted deer, sambar and giant squirrels. Nearest railway station is at Warangal and is well connected by State bus. The best season to visit the sanctuary is from Oct- May.

The sanctuary is located near the Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra border. It is one of the oldest sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh. It has dry deciduous mixed teak forest with bamboo and other species on rolling country with low hills. A part of the region is covered with hills. The sanctuary has a thick cover of tropical, dry and deciduous type of vegetation. You will find that the sanctuary abounds with teak, bamboo and other trees like madhuca and terminalia. The perennial river Dayyam Vagu waters the sanctuary.

The surrounding forest includes southern tropical dry deciduous type of teak and its associates like thiruman, maddi, and bamboo, while the fauna includes several endangered animals like tiger, sloth bear, four-horned antelope, chinkara and black buck.

There is a wildlife sanctuary located in Eturnagaram. River Godavari also passes through the outskirts of the village.

The climate is usually hot round the year. The temperature often reaches 43°C during summer. There is a sufficient rainfall in the every year. The annual average rainfall is about 1000 mm

Best time to visit: From October to January

Accommodation: A forest rest house with one suite and three tourist huts are available at Tadvai and ITDA guest house at Etunagaram.

How to reach there

By road: A number of RTC buses and private transport are available from Warangal.

By rail: The nearest railway station are Warangal and Kazipet, at about 100 km away.

By air: Hyderabad is the nearest airport, which is 250 km.

  • Fabian Dsouza

    Had visited Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary on 1st week of Feb for getting bird details in this area
    The following is the list of Birds in this Area

    No
    Name

    1
    Barn Owl

    2
    Spotted owlet

    3
    Asian openbill Stork

    4
    Oriental magpie-robin

    5
    Indian Grey hornbill

    6
    Sulphur-bellied warbler

    7
    Purple sunbird

    8
    Purple-rumped sunbird

    9
    Indian robin

    10
    Pied bushchat

    11
    River Tern

    12
    Intermediate egret

    13
    Little egret

    14
    Cattle egret

    15
    Indian
    pond-heron

    16
    Red-vented
    bulbul

    17
    White-browed bulbul

    18
    Jungle babbler

    19
    Large grey babbler

    20
    Yellow-eyed babbler

    21
    Tawny-bellied babbler

    22
    House Crow

    23
    Spotted Dove

    24
    laughing Dove

    25
    Rock pigeon

    26
    Large cuckoo-shrike

    27
    Common hawk-cuckoo

    28
    Asian koel

    29
    Greater coucal

    30
    Ashy Prinia

    31
    Plain Prinia

    32
    Green Bee Eater

    33
    Blue tailed bee eater

    34
    Black headed gull

    35
    Black Drongo

    36
    White bellied Drongo

    37
    Alexandrine parakeet

    38
    Rose-ringed parakeet

    39
    Asian brown
    Flycatcher

    40
    White breasted
    kingfisher

    41
    Rufous treepie

    42
    Grey francolin

    43
    Red junglefowl

    44
    pale billed
    Flowerpecker

    45
    Indian Roller

    46
    Black-headed
    ibis

    47
    Black ibis

    48
    Black-winged
    kite

    49
    Shikra

    50
    Lesser kestrel

    51
    Indian golden oriole

    52
    Black-hooded oriole

    53
    Oriental white-eye

    54
    Common Myna

    55
    Rosy starling

    56
    Brahminy
    starling

    57
    Brown Shrike

    58
    Barn Swallow

    59
    marsh Harrier

    60
    Pallid harrier

    61
    Short toed snake
    eagle

    62
    Greater Spotted eagle

    63
    White-eyed buzzard

    64
    Siberian stonechat

    65
    Hoopoe

    66
    Cinereous tit

    67
    Brown-capped pygmy woodpecker

    68
    Yellow-crowned woodpecker

    69
    Greater
    flameback

    70
    House sparrow

    71
    Yellow-throated sparrow

    72
    Red-wattled lapwing

    73
    Black-winged stilt

    74
    Golden-fronted leafbird

    75
    Scaly-breasted munia

    76
    Common
    woodshrike

    77
    Indian Silverbill

    78
    Small minivet

    Hope this is helpful for someone