Right mix of wildlife and scenic splendour

Located a short distance from the city, the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary promises ample adventure and wildlife spotting

By Author   |   Saurabh Chatterjee   |   Published: 20th Aug 2017   12:02 am Updated: 28th Aug 2017   4:21 pm
Kinnerasani
Dam that provides water for power generation to Kothagudem Thermal Power Station. Photo: Saurabh Chatterjee

My visit to Kinnersani was a spontaneous one. As we were returning from Bhadrachalam and Parnasala, we had some time left and were looking for places to visit nearby. Since the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary wasn’t far, we decided to take a detour. I hadn’t heard a lot about this place and didn’t have much expectation. It turned out to be a good experience.

The sanctuary is spread over an area of 635 sqkms and gets its name from the Kinnerasaniriver. It is home to different species of plants and animals.


Rich flora and fauna


The best time to visit is between October and May when you can catch a glimpse of animals such as cheetal, chinkara, chousingha, sambar, wild boar, gaur, hyena, jackals, panthers, sloth bear, tigers and blackbucks. Birdwatchers can look out for peafowl, jungle fowl, quails, partridges, teals, nuktas, spoonbills and doves, which are common birds in the sanctuary.

But, make sure you don’t miss the deer park and Kinnerasani Dam and Reservoir which are the main attractions here. The more adventurous type can also check out the glass house known as ‘Addala Meda’ built by Singareni Collieries, from where you get a panoramic view of the entire river. Unfortunately, it was damaged by Naxals in a blast in 2001, but the structure is somewhat intact. Previously, there used to be nine cottages on a small hillock near the banks of the river which are in shambles now. Efforts are on to renovate them so more tourists come and visit, but it will take a long time.

Kinnerasani
Lake surrounded by its natural beauty at Kinnerasani. Photo: Saurabh Chatterjee

Kinnerasanidam


Constructed in 1966 on the Kinnerasaniriver, the dam provides water for power generation to Kothagudem Thermal Power Station at Paloncha and to neighbouring farmers for lift irrigation. Surrounded by lush greenery and natural beauty, it is a nice escape from the usual routine. There is boating facility available so you can have a nice time going around the lake as well. The dam can be reached via Paloncha, Karakvagu and Kodipunjulavagu. There is a forest guesthouse in case you want to spend the night here.

We took a bus to Palwancha and then an auto to Kinnersani Wildlife Sanctuary. According to old religious texts, Lord Rama spent some time in these forests during his exile. The name Kinnersani is derived from the river which flows across the area before merging with the river Godavari. The area was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1981 and recent counting shows that there has been significant increase in wildlife since then.
We spent about a couple of hours there enjoying the natural beauty of the place and continued our onward journey.

 

Kinnerasani
Wildlife sanctuary. Photo: Saurabh Chatterjee

Nearby places:

You should definitely pay a visittoBhadrachalam and Parnasala. Bhadrachalam is famous for the Sri SitaRamachandraSwamyDevasthanam. Parnasala is a beautiful little town located on the banks of Godavari river and is famous for the place where Ravana abducted Sita and carried her to Lanka.

Where to stay:

There are not many options to stay around this place. You can stay at Palwancha or Bhadrachalam.
Haritha hotel in Bhadrachalam operated by the Telangana tourism offers good accommodation.

How to reach:

Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 15kms from Kothagudem and 25kms from Bhadrachalam.

The most convenient way to go from Hyderabad is to take an overnight train from Hyderabad to Bhadrachalam and then go by bus, taxi or auto.

Fee:

There is a nominal entry fee.

Tips:

The place is very dry and hot during the summers. That’s the time when most of the wildlife is visible. Mornings and evenings are the best times to go there.