Sri Venkateswara National Park is a national park and biosphere reserve in Andhra Pradesh and is located in the Chittoor and Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh at a distance of 10 km from Tirupati. This park has a rich variety of unique species of Flora and Fauna. The Park is spread over an area of 506 square kilometers.
Sri Venkateswara National park came into exixtence in the October 1989. It is the ideal place, from where you can go for trekking and was named after Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. The Zoo is claimed to be one of the most innovative zoo developed in the last three decades by India’s Central Zoo Authority.
Sri Venkateswara National Park flourishes with various flowering and different variety of vegetation consists of dry deciduous mixed forest with patches of moist deciduous forests in the valleys. The area has about 1,500 vascular plant species belonging to 174 families, of which many are endemic. Some of the rare and endemic plant species like red sanders, shorea talura, cycas beddomei, Terminalia pallid, Shorea thumburggaia, Syzygium alterninfolium, sandalwood and Psilotum nudun resides in this region.
The sanctuary is famous for very rare slender Lorises and the rare and endangered golden Gecko, Indian Giant Squirrel, Tree Shrew and Flying Lizards. There are other mammal species like the Nilgai, Wildboar, occasional leopard, hyena etc to be seen here as well.
Best time to visit:
Sri Venkateswara National Park is open throughout the year. Usually the temperature ranges from 15 degree C to 40 degree C. Best time to visit the park is during the months of November to January.
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee.
There are several accommodation options around Sri Venkateswara National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Tirupati. Flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Vijayawada. Indian Airlines, Opposite Central Bus stand, Tirupati
By Rail: Nearest railway station is at Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Tirupati. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta (just 10-km from Tirupati) is a convenient point to alight.
By Road: 10 kms from Tirupati by road. The park is a three hours drive or 160 km from Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu.