The Most Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries of Gujarat


Wildlife sanctuaries are always fun to be at. There is always that element of thrill whenever you visit a forest or national park. There as  many as 20 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Gujarat. Its a paradise for photographers,  wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.  We bring to you some of the best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat that you must visit.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary remains the most popular wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat and also India. It is the only place in India where you can spot gives Asiatic lions in their natural habitat. You can choose a jeep safari or canter safari over here.

In addition to these routine safaris, there are areas of the forest that can be explored on foot. A guide would accompany you in such an expedition.  Lions, deer, monkeys, peacocks and mongoose are commonly spotted here.

Best Time to Visit: November to March due to cool weather and high chances of lion sightings. Safaris are closed during the monsoons months of June to October.

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Located in the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat with Aravalli on one side and Thar desert on the other this is a protected area for the endangered Sloth bears.

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Birdwatchers as well as wildlife enthusiasts are sure to have a wonderful time over here. Many local as well as migratory birds can be found over here all year round. Wild animals like sloth bears, wild boars and leopards can be spotted in this sanctuary along with sambhar and blue bulls. A picturesque area that turns more lovely on rains , stay in the jungle guest houses and cottages to enjoy the nature at its best.

Best Time to Visit: All the monsoon months.

Hingolgadh Nature Education Society

Situated in Rajkot, just 10 kms away from Jasond, Hingolgadh Nature Education Society is the perfect place to visit with kids.

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This place highlights the need of wildlife conservation and also makes people and kids aware  about plants as well as animals over here. Reptiles, birds and wild animals are all found at this sanctuary. Chinkara, flying fox, hyena and wolf are the principal inmates along with leopards.

Best Time to Visit; July to February

Vansda National Park

Situated in the Navsari district this is a small and yet one of the most popular national parks in Gujarat. Visualize a leopard sipping water from a river flowing through the forest.

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You can get a chance to see such a sight for real at Vansda National Park in the River Ambika. Many species of birds like woodpeckers, hornbills and owlets can be spotted over here. You can even get a chance to see animals like leopards, hyena, antelopes and wild boar.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

Situated in Bhavnagar district this is the only place in India with a huge population of endangered blackbucks. The screw like horns of blackbucks can be seen from really close at Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary.

Besides blackbucks, you can even get to see blue bulls, wolves, foxes and hares. It is a heaven for birdwatchers too. The  large herds of these beautiful animals roaming through this sanctuary is a sight to behold.

Best Time to Visit: July to March

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary

Situated in Kutch this is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in India. Great Indian Bustard is an endangered species and you can spot this rare bird that looks like a little ostrich here.

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Harriers, partridges and cranes and many other rare birds can also be seen over here along with animals like wolves, blue bulls and hyenas.

Best Time to Visit: August to March

Wild Ass Sanctuary

Wildlife sanctuaries are usually about dense forests and alarm calls of herbivore animals. This sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch on the other hand is a deserted land where you find lots of wild donkeys ambling in the open barren land.

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Migratory birds like flamingos, pelicans and sarus crane can also be found here along with animals like desert fox and snakes.

Best Time to Visit; November to March

Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary

Located in the Kutch area this is home ti various endangered animal species. Blue bulls, mongoose, desert cat and chinkara are included in the main wildlife that is found at Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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The patch of wetland amidst the desert makes it a singular wildlife sanctuary to witness.

Best Time to Visit: September to January

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Located jst 65 kms away from Ahmedabad this is the largest bird wetland bird sanctuary of Gujarat. With  a huge lake that is dotted with more than 300 islets this is an amazing place to visit.

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One can spot more than 200 species of birds here during the winters. With amazing views Nalsarovar can easily be termed as the best place for bird watching in India. A early morning boat ride here is worth every penny.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Marine National Park

Littoral plants and animals can be easily seen at Marine National Park which is at a little distance from Jamnagar. This is the only place where you can see coral reefs without driving deep beneath the sea.

Turtles, dolphins, different kinds of fishes and whale can be found in this marine life conservation park.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Ratanmahal is a sloth bear conservation project. It is quite tough to spot sloth bears as such but you can certainly get to see antelopes, hyena, monkeys and bird and various types of snakes.

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If you have luck completely favouring you, you could see a sloth bear or leopard right in front of you. Dry teak trees and bamboo packed densely in the forest add to the excitement of wandering through the place that can be nature lovers paradise.

Best Time to Visit : October to May

Purna Wildlife Sanctuary

Purna Wildlife Sanctuary has rich flora and fauna. You can get to see animals like leopards, monkeys, antelopes and mongoose over here. It is a heaven for birdwatchers too.

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Hornbills, jungle fowls, woodpeckers, bee eaters and flycatchers are the birds that are usually found over here.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary

Snakes, birds, animals as well as mammals are found at Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary. Wolves, common fox, jungle cat and blue bulls are commonly spotted over here.

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Besides, you can see birds like partridges, peafowl, sandgrouse and ring dove too at this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Getting to see wild animals in their natural habitat is surely a once in a lifetime experience that you can cherish throughout your life. Seeing them behind the cage in the zoo is not even half as interesting as visualizing them in their unexploited wilderness, so this season make a plan to enjoy the wilderness.