Distance (From Ramappa Temple): 63 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours
Place Location: At Eturnagaram
Transportation Options: Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 63 km from Ramappa Temple, and 109 km from Warangal, Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a reserved forest situated near Eturnagaram in the Mulugu district of Telangana, India. It is one of the oldest sanctuaries in South India, and among the best places to visit near Hyderabad for wildlife lovers.
Eturnagaram was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1952 by Hyderabad Nizam Government. The sanctuary is located near the border of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. The famous Sammakka-Saralamma Temple is situated inside the sanctuary. This sanctuary is spread over an area of around 806 sq. km.
Eturnagaram Sanctuary has a water source called Dayyam Vagu, which separates the sanctuary into two parts. This sanctuary provides shelter to Tiger, Leopard, Panther, Wolf, Wild Dogs, Jackals Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Black Buck, Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antilope, Chinkara, Black Buck, Gaur, and Giant Squirrels. The sanctuary is also home to a wide range of bird species.
Jampannavagu, a tributary to Godavari River which flows through Medaram, merges with the River Godavari near Eturunagaram village. The wide & pleasant Godavari River amidst thick forest is a delight to watch in peak monsoon season.
There are no organized tours and safaris available in the sanctuary. Visitors can hire a Jeep and explore the forest with permission from Eturunagaram Forest Officer (Ph: 08717-231240).
Accommodation options are available at Laknavaram (50 km - Haritha Resort), Tadvai (20 km - few cottages), and ITDA Guest House at Eturunagaram village.
The best time to visit Eturnagaram Sanctuary is from October to May.