Gujarat, the westernmost state of India is home to a plethora of travel destinations where one can gather various travel experiences whether we talk about the awe-inspiring travel sites, soul-enriching festivals, heart-touching activities, or picturesque nature reserves. If you are a true nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast and want to witness the wonders of nature from very close distance then check out the list of these wonderful wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat. These wonderful destinations offer you a rendezvous with several birds and animals and this activity is going to be a wonderful and refreshing experience in itself. After visiting these places you don’t only get heart-touching experience but also provide you a great opportunity to get indulged in wildlife and adventure experiences. So, next time whenever you think of spending your holiday in Gujarat, make sure that you add these sanctuaries in your bucket list of places for exploration to witness unique and interesting travel experience.
List of 10 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Gujarat
- Wild Ass Sanctuary – Little Rann
- Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
- Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
- Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
- Marine National Park
- Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
- Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary
- Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
- Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
- Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
01. Wild Ass Sanctuary – Little Rann
Established in the Little Rann of Kutch, Wild Ass Sanctuary is worldwide popular as the only wildlife sanctuary in the country where a huge number of wild ass have been preserved for many years. This hugely sprawled sanctuary (over an area of almost 5000 sq. km.) is believed to have been established in 1973 with a motive to preserve the endangered Indian Wild Ass. It covers a huge portion of the cities including Rajkot, Kutch, Banaskantha, Sundernagar, and Patan and is so believed to be the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state. Indian Wild Ass that is commonly called as Ghudkhar still exists in this sanctuary and apart from Wild Ass, the sanctuary is home to 32 other types of mammals that include two types of Desert fox, Chinkara, Indian Wolves, Jackals, Striped Hyenas, and Blackbucks and besides this, the sanctuary is also home to several migratory birds including ten species of Lark, Godwits, sandpipers, Moorhens, Spoonbills, and many more.
Best Time to Visit: November, December and then from January to March.
Things to do in Wild Ass Sanctuary: Roam around the bluebell area, enjoy watching Chinkara Bay, and also enjoy witnessing Wolf Fox Bay and Blackbuck from a close distance.
02. Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
One of the most astonishing wildlife sanctuaries in West India, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is believed to have been established in 1969 AD and boasts of almost 250 vivid species of birds including native as well as migratory birds. Those who are interested in knowing more about the flora and fauna species must add this place in their bucket list of holiday destination as it is a place where you can spot the Brahminy Duck from Tibet, Kingfisher, Spoonbill, fishing eagles, etc. By visiting this bird sanctuary, you get to the winter migrants coming from the north including White Storks, Flamingoes, Herons, Rosy Pelicons, and many others. A pair of nice binoculars and a local guide will surely add more fun and excitement to your trip and wildlife experience and I believe spending a few bugs extra and making this outing one of the best travel plans is surely a great idea.
Best Time to Visit: Winter months are considered to be the best months to explore this sanctuary so plan your trip between October and March.
Things to Do in Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary: Enjoy watching 250 bird species and roam around the bird sanctuary.
03. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Sloth Bear, the species of bear that is getting endangered at a rapid speed and is one the verge on getting extinct are preserved at Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary. This hugely spread sanctuary (over an area of 180 sq.km.) is situated on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It has been believed that the place got its name from the part of Jessore Hills of the Aravali Ranges and this second highest peak in Gujarat is established to the south of the gorgeous Thar Desert. The sanctuary is easy to access via railways as the airport is far off from this place. The sanctuary area lies between the dry deciduous ecosystem and the desert ecosystem and besides its appealing location, the sanctuary is famous for boasting two temples dedicated to two different deities. The densely spread forest of the sanctuary acts as a natural buffer plays an important role in conserving the depletion of Aravali ecosystem.
Best Time to Visit: It is always best to plan your trip in the winter months between October and March.
Things to Do Here: Enjoy witnessing the endangered species of flora and fauna and enjoy hill tracking.
04. Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Established almost 15 km away from Porbandar, Barda Wildlife Sanctuary faces the Arabian Sea and is believed to had been a private wood of the ex-princely state of Jamnagar and Rananav and hence the sanctuary has been segregated into two districts i.e. Jamnagar and Porbandar. This hugely spread sanctuary is embellished with greenery all around as the area is surrounded by green agricultural fields, forest, and wastelands, and is also adorned with hilly terrains. The sanctuary inhabits a huge variety of fauna that includes a great number of butterflies and if you are an animal lover then you can spot animals like Sambar, Chinkara, Lion, chameleon, crocodile, Crested Hawk Eagle, spotted Eagle, Ratel, wolf, and leopards.
Best Time to Visit Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary: Summer months between March and June are highly preferred to plan this wildlife tour.
Things to Do In This Sanctuary: quench your thirst of collecting some amazing pictures of animals as it is a perfect place for wildlife photography. Enjoy walking along with your companions around Fodara and Khambhala Falls and also enjoy visiting the gorgeous bay of Rivers Joghri and Bileshwari. Also, do not miss out visiting Porbandar Planetarium, Kileshwar Temple, Bharat Mandir, Kirti Mandir, and Porbandar Bird Sanctuary.
05. Marine National Park
Sprawls over an area of almost 162 sq. km. Marine National Park in Gujarat is one of the most popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts that can be witnessed on the shore line of the magnificent Gulf of Kutch. Octopus, Sponges, dolphin, Pearl Oyster, jellyfish, corals, and lobsters are few of the major species that are found here. Encircled by the Coral reefs, the Marine National Park includes a total of 42 islands amongst which Pirotan is the most popular and the best island to enjoy the marine life to the utmost level. The best thing about the place is that it is easily accessible via airways (Jamnagar Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 7 km from the sanctuary) and railways (Jamnagar Railway Station is the closest railhead to the destination located only 7 km away from the place).
Best Time to Visit Marine National Park: Likewise other places mentioned in the list, this sanctuary is also best to visit in the winter months i.e. from October end to February end.
Things to Do Here: Enjoy spotting variety of animal species like Octopus, corals, and jellyfish.
06. Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
One of the most astonishing wildlife sanctuaries in the state, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is that inhabits almost 15 varied species of endangered animals i.e. the species that are on the verge of extinction. The interesting and unique feature of this place is that only those animals can survive here who can adopt themselves in the harsh climatic condition of the region. Also, the animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the country can be found here so if you are keen to know about few of the rare species of animals then you must add this sanctuary in your bucket list of destinations.
Best Time to Visit: it is always good to explore this popular sanctuary is between the months September and February.
Things to Do in Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary: Enjoy watching 15 varied species of endangered and rarely found animals and also spot a wide array of wildlife.
07. Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary
Established at Banaskantha, Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary is another popular wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat that has been spread over an area of almost 542 sq. km. Gujarat, the westernmost state of India is blessed with a plethora of hidden gems that are not even counted as tourist destinations by many of the travelers and Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of them. The destination is not located so far from the astonishing pilgrimage site, Ambaji Temple and hence the place has got its name like this. The sanctuary was established with a motive to provide free roaming ground for animals and to keep humans away from encroaching into their habitat. Besides boasting a great number of animal species, Balaram Ambaji Sanctuary is abundant in flora species too and almost 483 species of plants are grown here.
Best Time to Visit: Just after the monsoon season gets over i.e. during September and October.
Things to Do Here: Capture some amazing pictures of greenery for your travel frames and spot several species of animals and plants.
08. Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the smallest sanctuaries in the state, Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary offers you nothing sort of an exciting adventure. It is one of the must visit sanctuaries in India that is reckoned as a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Despite being small in size, Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is a place where you can find a few as well as endangered animal species including Indian Wolf, Houbara Bustard, and many others are there in the list. Covering an area of almost 300 hectares of land, Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary blankets several species of birds, reptiles, and animals and some of the most commonly spotted animals of the sanctuary are mongoose, jackals, wolves, jungle cat, and blue bull. One can also enjoy bird watching activity at this place and demoiselle cranes and flamingoes are the most spotted birds here.
Best Time to Visit: October to March is the best time to plan your trip here.
Things to Do in The Region: Spotting various species of birds and animals.
09. Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most significant parts of Gir National Park, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the rarely found Chinkara also popularly called as Indian Gazelle. Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is popularly reckoned as the Chanchai Pania by the natives and the best thing is that just after covering a few kilometers from here you get to reach Amreli, hub of travel wonders. The place is apt for eco-tourism as it is located undoubtedly at an appealing location and is bestowed with picturesque landscapes. The sanctuary is inarguably paradisiacal for numerous wildlife species including civet cat, hyena, leopard, wildcat, blue bull, four horned antelope.
Best Time to Visit Purna Wildlife Sanctuary: November to March.
Things to do here: capturing the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings and some amazing clicks of animals that are spotted here.
10. Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most popular and must visit wildlife destinations in the state, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot to offer its travelers. Not so big in size yet attracts a huge number of animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 20 species of mammals and almost 130 varied species of birds are also found here. Jungle Cats, Blue Bull, Wolves, Hyena, Common Fox, and many more animals are found roaming around the lush greenery. Another striking feature of the sanctuary is that it is also a home to several species of snakes and the species of flora like shrubby areas and the patches of grass and is also one of the best and the largest species of antelopes in this country.
Best Time to Visit Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary: Between mid-October to January
Things to Do Here: Witness the huge collection of flora and fauna species here.
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