Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary which spans across 607.71 sq. km. is located in the Narmada district of Gujarat. The sanctuary is nestled amidst a hilly tract lined by dense deciduous forests. These forests are not only aesthetically pleasing but also are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is set against a lush cover of Rajpipla trees. There are around 575 species of flowering foliage like timru, aritha, amla, amaltas, khair, tanachh, sadad, karanj, bamboo, bor, mahuda, herde etc. There are huge patches of bamboo crops often known as bamboo-brakes The sanctuary also houses an array of species which are otherwise restricted to the Himalayan region or the Western Ghats.
The nearby Zarwani Falls also attract a number of tourists and nature-enthusiasts. The bank of the falls is an appropriate spot for visitors to rest after their long trail in the sanctuary.
The summers are humid and hot. Months ranging from November to March are breezy and pleasurable and hence more suitable for visits.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this place is during the months of November to March, when the weather is cool and pleasant. The summers are hot and unsuitable for exhaustive journeys.
Wildlife at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Dry deciduous scrub, moist teak forest, dry bamboo brakes, moist mixed deciduous forest, dry tropical riverside forest- all merge into one other in the sanctuary. This lush wood cover proves to an excellent habitat for a wide diversity of animals, reptiles, birds and insects.
A massive variety of animals can be spotted in the wildlife sanctuary. Some of these include the sloth bear, Indian civet cat, rhesus macaque, leopard, common mongoose, pangolin, flying squirrel, chital, Indian porcupine, barking deer, four-horned antelope, tortoise etc.
The sanctuary boasts of being home to one of the fastest species of leopard. Muntjac or the barking deer is also a primal attraction of the sanctuary.
Alexandrian parakeet, red jungle fowl, shikhara, sparrow hawk, gray hornbill, sparrow hawk, crested serpent eagle, grey jungle fowls, great-horned owl, grey hornbill, etc.
The sanctuary is dotted with different species of snakes, pythons and lizards.
Distance from Nearby and Major Cities
- Ahmedabad – 202 kilometres
- Agra– 1091kilometres
- Ambala– 1309 kilometres
- Bangalore– 1697 kilometres
- Chandigarh– 1153 kilometres
- Cochin– 2199 kilometres
- Coimbatore– 1964 kilometres
- Dehradun– 1352 kilometres
- Delhi– 1117 kilometres
- Hyderabad– 1410 kilometres
- Mumbai– 747 kilometres
- Nagpur-1172 kilometres
- Chennai– 2022 kilometres
- Japiur-859 kilometres
- Jammu-1666 kilometres
- Lucknow– 1356 kilometres
The nearest airport at a distance of 90 km is Vadodra. The closest international airport is Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, which is at a distance of 60 km from the sanctuary.
Nearest Railway Station
The nearest railway trail is at a distance of 80 km, located in Baruch.
The wildlife sanctuary is easily accessible by road. The nearest bus stand is at a distance of 60 km, located in Ankleshwar.
There are multiple guesthouses around the sanctuary in Rajpipla, Dediapada, Kewadia, Sagai that provide accommodation. These are affordable and provide basic as well as luxury facilities.
Useful Conatcts for Bookings
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd,
H. K. House, Opp: Bata Showroom,
Ashram Road, Ahmedabad,
Phone: +91 79265 78044
Fax: +91 79265 82183