Andhra Pradesh: Wildlife and Ecotourism


Wildlife of Andhra Pradesh is very rich and the various sanctuaries and national parks protect it. These are good source of ecotourism in the Andhra Pradesh.

Ecotourism have potential in Andhra Pradesh due to various wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

National parks of Andhra Pradesh

S. No.Name of National ParkStateTotal Area (In km²)
1Sri Venkateswara National Park1989353.62
2Rajiv Gandhi National Park20052.4
3Papikonda National Park20081012.86


Wildlife Sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh

S.No.Name of  Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS)YearArea (in km²)
1Coringa WLS1978235.7
2GundlaBrahmeswaram WLS19901,194.00
3Kambalakonda WLS200271.39
4Koundinya WLS1990357.6
5Kolleru WLS1953308.55
6Krishna WLS1989194.81
7NagarjunaSagar-Srisailam WLS19783568.09
8Nellapattu WLS19764.59
9Pulicat Lake WLS1976500
10Rollapadu WLS19886.14
11Sri Lankamalleswara WLS1988464.42
12Sri PenusilaNarasimha WLS19971,030.85
13Sri Venkateswara WLS1998172.35



Bird sanctuariesof Andhra Pradesh

Bird sanctuaries attracts bird watchers and lovers from all over the world .

Atapaka Bird Sanctuary

It is also known as Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest freshwater lake located in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The sanctuary falls under Kaikalur Forest Range. It is one of the Ramsar convention wetland sites, spread over an area of 308.55 km2 (119.13 sq mi).

Telineelapuram and Telukunchi Bird Sanctuaries

It is located in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. Every year, over 3,000 pelicans and painted storks visit from Siberia to these villages during September and stay until March.

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary

It is a famous 481 km2 Protected area in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh state. Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish-water ecosystem in India. Central location is: 13°34′N 80°12′E. 327.33 km2 is managed by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Departmentand 153.67 km2 is managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. 108 km2 is national park area.


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