Mrugavani National Park
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Brief

Located in the Chilkur in Hyderabad, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Mrugavani is one of the prime tourist locations in the state. The reserved forest is one of the major instances of man trying to preserve the beauty of nature along with the flora and fauna which are the heart of this creation. Mrugavani National Park is quite close to Hyderabad, the major city of Andhra Pradesh. Despite this nearness of human habitation, Mrugavani plays host to a number of wild animals, many of which have been declared as belonging to the species which are fast nearing extinction.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Mrugavani National Park is between late autumn and spring. This is the time when the forest is at its most beautiful and the time of the arrival of the migratory birds. Carry moderately warm clothing as the temperature is never very extreme.



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Things to do

The main attraction of the national forest at Mrugavani is the wide variety of fauna that inhabits the 700 acres forest area. Wild boar, Cheetal, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Civet Cat, Sambhar, Monitor Lizard, Cobra, Python, Russell Viper are amongst the animals that can be seen by the tourists visiting the forest. One can also catch sight of foxes and black-necked hare. The forest is also a great destination for bird-watchers as the trees here give shelter to a variety of birds, both local ones as well as migratory birds that fly from almost halfway across the world to find shelter during the cold winters. Some of the commonly seen birds are peacocks, warblers, flower peckers, and lapwings. In all, there are over 100 species of birds in the confines of the forest. However, it is not only the multifarious wildlife that makes Mrugavani National Park so interesting. The trees found here constitute a great part of its attraction. A large variety of flowering plants can be seen as one walks through the forest area. Valuable trees are also quite a few in numbers. Bamboo, Picus, Teak, Rela, Sandal, and Palas, can be found here. The park also houses a museum of natural history and has a fairly impressive collection. The entry fee is approximately 5 INR per person and a ride on the Safari bus can cost about 50 INR which runs from 9 am to 5 pm.

 
Getting Around

Being close to the city of Hyderabad, it will not be very difficult to travel around during your trip to Mrugavani. Once in the forest, there are cars that can take you for a trip. You can also enter with your own hired car. The public transport system is also quite good. Buses leave at frequent intervals.

 
Places to Stay

The best place to stay in during your trip to Mrugavani National Park is in the various accommodations provided by the forest authority. You have the choice of staying in a tent, a cottage, or one of the dormitories that are manned by the forest authority. All the accommodations are fully equipped with all the necessities. You have the choice of cooking your own food, or ordering the food. The rent depends on the type of lodging you choose. There are several hotels also if you want to stay in one of those.

 
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 Hyderabad. The rail station at Hyderabad is connected 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 irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The national park is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Hyderabad and Mrugavani National Park. You can get in a bus from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stop, which will take you directly to the reserved forest. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. A taxi ride can cost approximately 300 to 500 INR and will take about 40 minutes depending upon traffic.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Once you have had our fill of the nature at Mrugavani National Park, there are several other places in the vicinity that you can play a visit to. The most famous destination is Charminar. This magnificent edifice was built in the 16th century and still remains the major tourist attraction of the city of Hyderabad. There are several beautiful lakes in the region which are worth visiting for their beautiful surrounding. Some of the notable ones are Himiyat Sagar Lake, Gandipet Lake, and Hussain Sagar Lake. Taramati Baradari is another historical monument that you should not miss out on.

From Hyderabad you can visit the most famous film city of southern India, the Ramoji Film City.

 
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