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Reserve Forests, Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks List In Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

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Hey all,

 

Dussehra vacations are on the way and I started planning from today itself for my next wildlife trip. 

Woke up in the morning to see a mail about the vacations¬†ūüėĀ

for me its going to be a long holiday from 13th October to 21st October.


What could be more happier on a Monday morning than opening a mail about the long holidays...¬†ūüėć

 

So coming to the point,

 

I request people over here to give some information about the forests reserves in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, AP mostly as I will be spending most of my time in Vijayawada and Ramachandrapuram (EG Dist).

 

Been to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve this year  visited Nallamalla forests the previous year, and Maredumilli forests before Nallamalla (couldn't spend much time though). this time also I'm planning to visit some place and want to spend some time, at least a day or two in the forest. 

 

everyone please give the list of places which will also be useful for wildlife enthusiasts like me as there are very less posts on wildlife here. 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Krish said:

 

for me its going to be a long holiday from 13th October to 21st October.

 

 

Nice one @Krish, And if that's such a long holiday.. I think you should travel outside Andhra and Telangana :D You should explore forests reserves like Jim Corbett, Ranthambore, Gir and Sundarbans :) 

 

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Nice one [mention=342]Krish[/mention], And if that's such a long holiday.. I think you should travel outside Andhra and Telangana  You should explore forests reserves like Jim Corbett, Ranthambore, Gir and Sundarbans  
 
Spent much on my Tadoba trip@sagar
This time planning small, next year planning for some foreign tour.
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We posted the list of wildlife sanctuaries and forests in India drive. Please search and tag here..it is a very comprehensive list..

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I have planned for Maredumilli and Araku during Dussehra holidays, a drive from Bhadrachalam via forest route. But due to the current situation in and around Araku, I'm rethinking.
Probably visit jinnaram wild life and places near manchiryal and Karimnagar dist. Like temples and Godavari..
I will cover bogatha and muthyaladara water falls near eturunagaram..

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I have planned for Maredumilli and Araku during Dussehra holidays, a drive from Bhadrachalam via forest route. But due to the current situation in and around Araku, I'm rethinking.
Probably visit jinnaram wild life and places near manchiryal and Karimnagar dist. Like temples and Godavari..
I will cover bogatha and muthyaladara water falls near eturunagaram..
Skip Araku. And how's the resorts in Maredumilli? And what about the Safari? I'm not too worried about the animal spottings, all I want is to venture into the drop forest.

Do you have any info?
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I heard good reviews about Jinnaram forest and there is a stay and safari option. And also it is close to kuntala water falls.

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You can explore Maredumilli to Aruku, without taking highway. 
Via Sileru, it is beautiful. 

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You can explore Maredumilli to Aruku, without taking highway. 
Via Sileru, it is beautiful. 
Been to Maredumilli. Couldn't explore much because of my vehicle. It's a Honda City and I'm always concerned about its GC and manoeuvrability in a forest due to its length. ÔłŹ
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3 hours ago, Krish said:

Spent much on my Tadoba trip@sagar

 

Since you are pinned towards animal spotting, you should opt to go outside AP, Telangana considering that you have covered the most. If at all you are looking at enjoying the drive through the forests, there are quite a many..

Maredumilli - Lambasingi - Sileru - Mothugudem - Maredumilli is a beautiful circuit that you should consider to enjoy the native forest drive. Note that it should be an early morning drive through this circuit :) 

 

3 hours ago, Krish said:


This time planning small, next year planning for some foreign tour.

 

For the type of person you are and the type of places you are inclined to, Masai Mara should fall top on your list and also Madagascar :) 

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For the type of person you are and the type of places you are inclined to, Masai Mara should fall top on your list and also Madagascar  
Well said anna

That's on my bucket list. Will do Masai Mara soon. Just waiting for a 100-400mm zoom lens. Want to go there with a proper gear.
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For the type of person you are and the type of places you are inclined to, Masai Mara should fall top on your list and also Madagascar  
Will do Maredumilli. Will go through Varun's report and enquire him about the places and roads.
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@sagar have you been to any of the mentioned two places? Or anyone from our forum??
Just wondering if there's anyone who had done this...

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2 hours ago, uday said:

You can explore Maredumilli to Aruku, without taking highway. 
Via Sileru, it is beautiful. 

i would try this out this year :) Thanks

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