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Vansda National Park

Entry Gate at Waghai-Vansda main road.
Vansda National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Location Navsari District, Gujarat, India
Nearest city Vansda
Coordinates
Area 23.99 KM2
Established 1979
Governing body Forest Department of Gujarat

Vansda National Park, a protected area representing the thick woodlands of the Dangs and southern Gujarat is situated in the Navsari District of Gujarat state, India.

Riding on the banks of Ambika River and measuring roughly 24 km2 in area, the park lies about 65 km east of the town of Chikhali on the National Highway 8, and about 80 km north-east of the city of Valsad. Vansda, the town from which the name of the park is derived, is an important trading place for the surrounding area where the majority of the population is represented by adivasis. Vansda-Waghai state highway runs through the park, so does the narrow gauge rail link connecting Ahwa to Billimora.[1]

Established in 1979 as a National Park, the deciduous forest area having groves of "Katas" bamboo owes its beauty to no felling of trees since 1952. Nestled in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri range, it has a unique flavour of flora and fauna population.[2]

Apart from the botanical garden, some of the other attractions include local tribes, "Gira Falls", and the "Conservation center". As a part of developing ecotourism Gujarat Government has developed a campsite at Kilad.[3] There is also a deer breeding center maintained by Nature Club Surat in this region. The best time to visit is post-monsoon season till winter when the forests are lush green and streams are full.

Contents

  • Fauna 1
  • Flora 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Fauna

Important animals found here are leopard, rhesus macaque, common palm civet, Hanuman langur, small Indian civet, four-horned antelope, wild boar, Indian porcupine, barking deer, hyena, jungle cat, Indian porcupine, flying squirrel, python, and even venomous snakes like Russell's viper, cobras, kraits, etc. Also,the pangolin, rusty spotted cat and the endangered great Indian squirrel can be found here.

Here,high species of species diversity of forest birds is the main attraction for ecotourism. About 155 species of birds are found including common grey hornbill, pompadour green pigeon, yellow backed sunbird, Malabar trogon, jungle babbler, forest spotted owlet, shama, great Indian black woodpecker, are found. Apart from this,there are a variety of insects, centipedes, millipedes and snails. There are about 121 species of spider including the largest species in Gujarat the giant wood spider.[4][5]

Flora

There are 443 species of flowering plants. This includes teak, sadad, khakhro, kadad, humb, timru, kalam, bamboo, dudhkod, mahudo, behda, umaro, kusum, tanach, asan, shimlo, ambla, sisam, chopadi bondaro, etc. There are a variety if colourful orchids at Ambika river.[6][7]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.nri.gujarat.gov.in/vansda-national-park.htm
  2. ^ http://www.gujarattourism.com/showpage.aspx?contentid=264
  3. ^ Kilad Campsite, Forest and Environment Department, Gujarat
  4. ^ http://gujenvfor.gswan.gov.in/wildlife/national-park/wildlife-vansda-nationalpark1.htm
  5. ^ http://www.gujarattourism.com/destination/details/12/130
  6. ^ http://gujenvfor.gswan.gov.in/wildlife/national-park/wildlife-vansda-nationalpark.htm
  7. ^ http://www.gujarattourism.com/destination/details/12/130
About Vansda National Park

External links

  • Gujarat Tourism: Vansda National Park
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