Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat
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Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat

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Nestled amidst the hilly tract lined along the Narmada district of Gujarat, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a vivid platform of exotic flora and fauna resulting from an aesthetically pleasing dense forest. While the desert of Kutch on one side contrasts the lush green forest on the other, this less explored sanctuary beautifully covers hills, water bodies along with the plush vegetation that gives birth to a huge number of species of animals and birds along with some rare plantations.


Location of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Shoolpaneshwar is mainly located in Gujarat with some of its parts lying in Maharashtra and at the same time sharing a common boundary with Madhya Pradesh. Covering a total area of about 607.71 sq km of lush green forests, the sanctuary lies in the Dangs Forest region and the Vindhya and Saputara hill ranges. The sanctuary runs over a huge, undulating terrain, ever-pervading greenery, silent hills and cliffs, youthful streams, royal waterfalls giving rise to an overall breathtakingly beautiful landscape congregating at the Vindhyan-Satpura hill ranges.

The physical aspect of the wildlife sanctuary is dominated by Rajpipla Hills with Dhanmal at the highest peak (882 m) located in the east. The general slope is mostly towards west.


Climatic Conditions

The climate is mostly moist deciduous rainforests ecoregion. The summers are hot and humid, and practically exhaustive for the travelers. The monsoons are unpredictable and slushy, and hence must be avoided. The winter is pleasant and cool and most enjoyable for a nice winter holiday.


Best time to visit Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

The best time to travel to Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is during the months of October to March. It is best explored just after the rains in the months of October and November when the entire forest turns luxuriously green and rich in vegetation. You can also spot birds and animals at waterholes. Winter vacation is best sorted out from December to March.


Animals that inhabit the sanctuary

TDry deciduous scrub, moist teak forest, dry bamboo brakes, moist mixed deciduous forest, and dry tropical riverside forest – you will find it all merging together in the sanctuary to make it an excellent habitat for a wide diversity of animals, reptiles, birds and insects.

The sanctuary was initially setup to preserve the sloth bear. You can spot a number of animals in the sanctuary including the Indian civet cat, rhesus macaque, leopard, common mongoose, pangolin, flying squirrel, chital, Indian porcupine, barking deer, four-horned antelope and tortoise to name a few. Some of the fastest species of leopard are found here in the sanctuary. The barking deer is also one of the main attractions of the sanctuary.

Alexandrian parakeet, red jungle fowl, shikhara, sparrow hawk, gray hornbill, sparrow hawk, crested serpent eagle, grey jungle fowls, great-horned owl, grey hornbill and more form the major avifauna of the region. Several species of snakes, pythons and lizards account for the reptiles population of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary is thickly forested and houses tribes (Vasavas) who are solely dependent on the forest and land for subsistence. The sanctuary is thickly forested with deciduous trees like karanj, mahuda, amaltas and teaks along with bamboo in abundance. There are 575 types of flowering plants all across the sanctuary.


Distance from major cities

  • Ahmedabad, 202 km

  • Agra, 1091 km

  • Ambala, 1309 km

  • Bangalore, 1697 km

  • Chandigarh, 1153 km

  • Cochin, 2199 km

  • Coimbatore, 1964 km

  • Dehradun, 1352 km

  • Delhi, 1117 km

  • Hyderabad, 1410 km

  • Mumbai, 747 km

  • Nagpur, 1172 km

  • Chennai, 2022 km

  • Jaipur, 859 km

  • Jammu, 1666 km

  • Lucknow, 1356 km


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Airways

  • Vadodra, at 90 km, is the nearest airport.

  • The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport in Ahmedabad situated at a distance of 60km from Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Both the airports are connected to the sanctuary by taxi services

Railways

  • The nearest railway station is at Bharuch at a distance of 80km from the sanctuary.

  • Both state road transport bus and private buses are available from Bharuch.

Roadways

  • Ahmedabad to Vadodara via the expressway is approximately 98 km from the sanctuary.

  • Vadodara-Dabhoi-Rajpipla-Gora Village- Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary is 130 km by road.

  • On the expressway you drive to the sanctuary towards Dabhoi from Vadodara, which is a good country road with scenic beauty.

Accommodation

There are options of guesthouses around the sanctuary in Rajpipla, Dediapada, Kewadia, Sagai and nearby that offer great accommodation facilities with basic amenities.

Things to do

Trekking in Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

A trekking inside the sanctuary is an educational as well as enlightening experience. One can learn how flora and fauna are interconnected and dependent on the climatic changes of the region.

Drive from Gorai village to the sanctuary

Enter the forest from Gorai village taking the Dabhoi highway from Vadodara. The entire journey is engrossing to watch hillocks, trees, and streams of water at regular intervals.

Camping at Zarwani Falls

Get one with nature at a camp at Zarwani Falls which you have to reach by trekking followed by wading through the river. It is an experience to spend a night at a campsite to get a real feel of the forest.

Conclusion

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary must be in your wishlist of unexplored regions to discover the rare vegetation and exotic wildlife. It is a must for people with a distinct and different taste for vacation.


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