Velavadar National Park
Velavadar National Park or Blackbuck National Park is located in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. The Sanctuary is spread over an area of 34.08 square kilometers. It is known for its healthy population of Blackbuck.
Velavadar National Park was declared as a National Park in July, 1976. Earlier, the Park was a hunting area for the Maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar. After then hunting was banned by the Government. Later, it was declared a protected sanctuary in 1976. Later in the year 1980, the park area was increased to 34.08 sq km (13.15 sq miles).
Flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope are the major attractions of this park and also have 95 species of flowering plant.
Velavadar has India’s largest population of Blackbuck, the elegant Indian antelope. T he park is home to over 187 species of birds including residents and migratory birds such as Harrier, Partridge, Pelican, Duck, Crane, Stork, Eagle, Sand Grouse, Lark and Lesser Florican.
Best time to visit:
Velavadar National Park is open throughout the year. Best time to visit the park is during the months of November to February.
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 Velavadar 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 Road: This park is well connected by road from all places in Gujarat. Bhavnagar Bus Stand is approximately 50 km (31.06 miles) away from the park.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is in Ahmedabad, which is approximately 140 km (86.992 miles) away.
By Air: Nearest airport is in Bhavnagar, which is approximately 50 km (31.06 miles) away.