Nallamalla Forest Tiger Reserve

This weekend, we (along with Venky and Dayakar) decided to explore Nallamala Forest Region and Tiger Reserve, and stopped at Dindi Reservoir en route, for the breakfast stop. Here is quick summary from our weekend experience.

Dindi Reservoir also known as R. Vidyasagar Rao Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme, is Lift Irrigation Scheme and a water reservoir across the Dindi tributary of River Krishna located near Dindi, Mahabubnagar town in Telangana. It is part of the Srisailam Left Bank Canal. This medium reservoir has a 59 million cubic meters gross storage capacity.

The Telangana Government has decided to name Dindi Lift Irrigation Scheme, meant for supplying drinking and water for irrigation in the fluoride, famine-affected areas, in honor of Irrigation Expert Late R Vidyasagar Rao.  It is close to Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, around 95 kilometers from Hyderabad.

We stopped here for Lakeview Breakfast Point. Here is the aerial view of our breakfast spot

The Nallamalla Forest is a vast forest region located in the Eastern Ghats of India, covering parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. The forest is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and various species of deer and birds. It is also home to several indigenous tribes, including the Chenchus, who have lived in the forest for generations.

The Nallamalla Forest is an important ecological zone that plays a crucial role in maintaining the regional ecosystem and providing water and other natural resources to nearby towns and cities. However, the forest is facing several challenges, including deforestation, poaching, and illegal mining, which threaten the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

Efforts are being made to conserve the forest and its wildlife, including the establishment of protected areas, such as the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, and community-based conservation programs that involve the local communities in forest management and protection.

Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary located in the state of Telangana, India. The sanctuary was established in 1978 and covers an area of 3,568 square kilometers. The tiger reserve is named after the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, which was built on the Krishna River.

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including 70 to 80 tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Indian pangolins, Indian giant squirrels, chital, sambar, and wild boar. It also boasts of a rich avian fauna, with over 200 species of birds, including the Indian eagle, Indian vulture, and the painted stork.

The sanctuary is divided into six zones, with each zone having a specific entry point and designated tourism activities. Visitors can indulge in a variety of activities, such as jeep safaris, bird watching, and trekking. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to May, with the peak tourist season being from December to February.

We took a Safari ride and few pics from our experience. However, we could not spot a single tiger, owing to the timing of our visit

Tiger Safari
Amrabad Tiger Reserve Entrance
with Dayakar and Venky

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