Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Telangana, at a distance of about 35 kilometres from Mancherial which is located in the district of Adilabad. About 70% of the land in Adilabad district is covered by dense forest. Apart from Pranahita Wild life Sanctuary, there are two other sanctuaries in the district. Pranahita Wild life Sanctuary which is a forest grown out of river water, occupies 136.02 sq.kms. It is one of the oldest and protected wildlife sanctuary established in 1980. The topography is hilly with dense forests and plateaus. It was mainly established to conserve the black bucks. It is also the state animal. The animals find their feed from the wild bush and shrubs that grows in the sanctuary.
It is about 35 kilometres towards the north east side of Hyderabad. Spanning over an area of 136 square kilometres, the place is immersed in the scenic landscapes of Deccan plateau.
Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the scenic landscape of Deccan plateau. Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary covers the thick deciduous teak forests.
Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for sighting deer and certain species of birds. The topography of Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is prehistoric as it belongs to the Deccan plateau and the remains that can be seen on the rock formation is yet another place of interest. The sanctuary is also a treasure of fossils.
The region in Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is hilly with undulating terrain, sprinkled with patches of grassland and plateau. The thick deciduous teak forests cover Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary. The natural beauty of Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is further augmented by Pranahita River, a tributary of river Godavari, which meanders gracefully through the beautiful sanctuary. Pranahita River also serves as a source of water for the wildlife. Various fossils have also been found in the sanctuary. The climate is usually hot and dry and the temperature varies from 15 to 40 degree Celsius.
Flora and Fauna of Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary
Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a rich biodiversity and is the home to a vast variety of flora and fauna. Common plants and trees found in the sanctuary include Dalbergia sissoo, Ficus spp., Dalbergia latifolia, Dalbergia paniculata, Pterocarpus marsupium and many more. It shelters a number of fauna too especially mammals such as Forest Cat, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Langur, Rhesus, Leopard And Tiger. Stunning birds can also be spotted in the sanctuary among which the common ones include Herons, Ducks, Teals, Strokes and many others.
Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is best visited between the period of October and March. The roadways conveniently connect Mancherial with other cities of India, which is very near to the sanctuary. Hyderabad is the nearest airport which is about 300 kilometres from the sanctuary.
By Air: The nearest airport is Hyderabad; 300 kms from Pranahita.
By Road: It is about 70 Km. from Mancherial which is well connected to most of the cities of India.
The region is generally hot and dry and the min/max temperature varies from 15to 40oC
Accommodation and facilities:
Accommodation is available at Forest Rest house at Mancherial and Chinnur.
Flora: The main trees found here are Pterocarpus marsupium, Dalbergia latifolia, Dalbergia sissoo, Dalbergia paniculata, Ficus spp etc.
Mammals: The place is good for sightings of ungulates, deer and a diverse birdlife.