Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Located on the banks of the mighty Krishna river, Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is known as much for its natural beauty as for the different types of wild animals which are being preserved within the park. The sanctuary is located on the estuary of the Krishna River in the district of Guntur in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The terrain is covered by the mangrove forests which abound the estuary of the Krishna River. In all, the sanctuary has a total area of over 180 sq. km.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. If you go there in February, you can be a part of the Deccan Festival, while in December there is the Lumbini Festival. The Deccan festival is one of southern India’s most significant music and art festival focusing on Indian art, music and literature, whereas the Lumbini Festival celebrates the Buddhist heritage of the region.

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Things to do

If you are a lover of nature, Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is a place that must be on your itinerary. The sanctuary here is the last remaining section which is covered by the mangrove forests of the Krishna River. The sanctuary is an attractive place for tourists to visit not only because of the various wild animals that can be found here but also because of the great number of majestic trees which line up along the terrain. Some of the important trees of this region are Peepul, Pongamia gladra, Calotropis gigantea, Spinifex littoreus, Cassia auriculata, Banyan, Margosa, Thespesia populnea, Ipomaea biloba, Casuarina equisetifolia, Spinifex squarrosus, Pongamia pinnate, Prosopis juliflora, Tumma, Mango, and Palmyra. The sanctuary is also a host to a great variety of reptiles. Some of the common reptiles that you can spot here are Common sand boa, Common wolf snake, Common Indian bronze back, Common trinket snake, Indian python, John's sand boa, Chequered keelback snake, Common cat snake, Rat snake, Striped Keelback snake, Common kukri snake, and Common green whip snake also known as Asian vine snake. There are a large number of animals too that can be seen roaming around in the protected area of the forest. Some of the common sights are Jungle Cat, Hyena, Fox, Fishing Cat, and bear. The park is also a known habitat of several species of birds. Indian Roller, Crested Serpent Eagle, Wagtails, and Pipits can be spotted by tourists.

Getting Around

The best way for you to go to places while visiting Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is by having a car at your disposal. As the place is quite a bit distant from any of the big towns, public transport is a bit of a problem. They are fairly regular but the frequency is not great. You can rent a car from any of the local car renting facilities. You can also take rides on the boats and steamers on the Krishna River. It is one of the best ways to explore the region.

Places to Stay

The best place to stay in while making a visit to the wildlife sanctuary at the Krishna estuary is in the forest guest houses at Vijaywada, and Repalle of Guntur district. The rents at these places are quite reasonable. They are also equipped with all the modern facilities. If you want to stay in a hotel, you have to search for them in Vijayawada, which is the closes big town.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Hyderabad. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Vijayawada. The rail station at Vijayawada is connected to the stations in Hyderabad and Guntur and via them to all the major stations in India. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like,, and
  • The wildlife sanctuary is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Vijayawada and Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary. You can get in a bus from the nearest town which will take you directly to the reserved forest. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. This can cost anywhere between 1000 to 2000 INR.

Surrounding Attractions

Once you have had your fill of nature’s delights at the wildlife sanctuary, you can turn your eyes to some of the manmade wonders in the vicinity. Kondapalli Fort is a famous fort in Vijayawada. This 14th century fort has a three-storied rock tower. Mogalarajapuram Caves is another popular tourist site. The caves are full of temples curved out in the body of the mountain, and are believed to date back to 5th century.

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