Wildlife Sanctuaries in Andhra Pradesh
The Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh. It is 50 Km away from Chittoor and 120 Km from Bangalore by road. It covers an area of 358-sq-kms.
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Flora: The area is covered with southern
tropical thorn type of forests, consisting of flora
Albiziaamara, Ficusreligiosa, Ficustomentosa, Ficus
Bengalensis, Bamboo, and a species which is a regeneration
of `santalum' album.
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Fauna: A wide variety of animals like
elephant, cheetal, four horned antelope,
sambhar, mouse deer, hare, porcupine, wild boar, jungle
cat, jackal, sloth bear, panther, jungle fowl, starred
tortoise, slender Loris are found here.
Landscape: Kaundinya sanctuary is rugged
with high hills and deep valleys, with the Kaigal and
Kaundinya streams flowing through the sanctuary
Primates : Andhra Pradesh’s Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary - This section houses many
different species of monkeys like the common Langur,
Rhesus monkey, Bonnet Monkey and other exotic fauna
like Mandrills, Olive Baboons etc.
Carnivores : This section has Panthers,
Tigers, Lions, Pumas, Jaguars, Himalayan Black Bear,
the Sloth Bear and lesser carnivores like the Wolves,
Jackals, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, and Hippopotamus etc. The
Crocodile Complex has all the three Indian Crocodile
Reptiles : The Reptile section has
Pythons, Snakes, Land Tortoises, Terrapins, Water Monitor
Lizards, Monitor Lizards etc.,
Herbivores : Elephant, Bison, Sambar,
Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Barking Deer and Thamin Deer are
in the collection.
Aves : Varied collection of birds from
the Eastern Ghats in the large walk-through aviaries
is a special attraction of the zoo.
The Grey Pelicans,
Rosy Pelicans, Pied Horn Bills, Painted Storks, Peacocks,
Ducks, Love Birds, Budgerigars and Cockatiels form the
bird collection of the Zoo.
There are certain points which should be kept in mind are that the animals should not be fed, the visitors should not tease the animals, the park should be kept clean, use the footpath, visitors should maintain the rules and co- operate with the zoo authorities. Train rides and elephant rides are available.
Best time to visit: October to April
Where to stay: Forest guest house at Palamaneru, Madanapalli and Horseley Hills
Access to Kaundinya
By Air - Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chennai,
Bangalore (120km) Airports.
By Road - Palamaneru is located 41
Km from Chittoor. It is well connected to Chittoor by
By Rail - Palamaneru is located 41
km from Chittoor.
Divisional Forest Officer, Chittoor District. Phone: 08572-22296