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Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh

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The largest of India's Tiger Reserves, the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary ( 3568 sq. km.); spreads over five districts - Nalgonda, Mahaboobnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

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The Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary was notified in 1978 and declared a Tiger Reserve in 1983. The Reserve was renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in 1992.

The river Krishna flows through the sanctuary over a distance of 130 km. The multipurpose reservoirs, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar, which are important sources of irrigation and power in the state are located in the sanctuary. The reservoirs and temples of Srisailam are a major tourist and pilgrim attraction for people from all over the country and abroad.

The terrain is rugged and winding gorges slice through the Mallamalai hills. Adjoining the reserve is the large reservoir of the Nagarjunasagar Dam on the River Krishna. The dry deciduous forests with scrub and bamboo thickets provide shelter to a range of animals from the tiger and leopard at the top of the food chain, to deer, sloth bear, hyena, jungle cat, palm civet, bonnet macaque and pangolin. In this unspoilt jungle, the tiger is truly nocturnal and is rarely seen.

Main Flora

Srisailam SantuaryAnogeissus latifolia, Cleisthanthus collinus, Terminalia species, Pterocarpus marsupium, Hardwickia binata, Boswellia serrata, Tectona grandis, Mandelia suberora, Albizzia species.

Main Fauna

Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, pangolin, spotted deer, sambar, mouse deer, black buck, chinkara, chausingha, mugger, python, cobra, peafowl.

Best time to visit

Summer: Mid-March to mid-June
Monsoon: Mid-June to mid-November
Winter: Mid-November to February


Three Forest Rest Houses and 40 bed capacity dormitories are available for tourist occupation in the Tiger Reserve at Srisailam, Mannanur and Nagarjunasagar. There are connections to Srisailam from Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Guntur, Kurnool, Markapur. The distance from these towns to Srisailam ranges between 90 to 240 km.

Nearest town

Macherla (29 km)

How to get there

Rail-Hyderabad (150 km) Air-Hyderabad (150 km)


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Srisailam Sanctuary Wildlife Tour Packages

At this moment we don't have any specific Tour package for Srisailam Sanctuary, but our representative would be happy to assist you if you are planning to visit Srisailam Sanctuary you can contact us with your query on the given phone numbers / email.

Tel + 91- 120 - 40526011 - 98 (88 hunting lines are available)

(24 hrs helpline) + 91 - 9212777223 / 24 / 25

Email: info@indiawildliferesorts.com


Wildlife in Srisailam Santuary

Srisailam wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 3568 sq. km across five districts in Andhra Pradesh. You will be amazed at the abundance of wildlife in Srisailam. The Srisailam Sanctuary shelters blackbuck, panthers, chinkara, spotted deer, nilgai, pangolins, leopards, soft-shelled turtles, porcupines, crocodiles and a variety of other animals, birds and snakes, in addition to the tiger. There is a successful crocodile reintroduction programme in Ethipothala, a cataract close to Srisailam.


Srisailam Sanctuary Travel Information

General Information

Location : 29 kms. from Macherla, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Coverage Area : 3568-Sq. Kms.

Time to Visit : March to February

Nearby Cities : Macherla 29 kms, Mannanur 85 kms.
How to Reach Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary

Nearest railway : Connected through Hyderabad as well as via Markapur (85 km away).

Nearest airport : Hyderabad, 316 km away from Srisailam.

By Road : Srisailam is 190 km from Kurnool, 220 km from Guntur, 470 km from Chennai, and 85 km from Mannanur.