11 May Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake Hyderabad
Pocharam is a forest basically and it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 20th Century, it was the former hunting ground of the Nizams of Hyderabad. The name Pocharam derived from the lake, this vast lake adjoining the Pocharam sanctuary makes this place unique from others.
The main aim to develop this sanctuary is to preserve the wild animals for being extinct. Now in 21st Century is the an important ecotourism center for visitors.
Established in – 1952
Area– 129 square kilometers
Best Time to visit: – October to May.
Nearest Airport – Hyderabad
Accommodation Facility in Pocharam sanctuary: – Visitor can stay in forest rest house which is located in Medak or they can check in to the bungalow at Pocharam.
Flora and Fauna : –The mixed deciduous forest with grassy plains makes this place ideal for many birds and wild animals. Some wild species in Pocharam sanctuary are-
Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Blackbucks, Sambar and Nilgai
Bird Species – Coots, Teals, Black and White Ibises, Open Billed Storks and Cormorants.
Migratory Bird species – Brahminy ducks, Painted storks and Bar-headed goose etc.
Activity To Enjoy in Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary: –
Forest Department arranged the jeep safaris for bird watching. Visitor can take safari and enjoy the animal watching from nearer. Tourist can visit the natural habitat where the wild animals are actually located.