Tourism industry in India has made a marked progress in the recent past. As such, lots of tourists across the globe visit India to explore its hidden treasures. Pilgrimage centers, museums, monuments, forts, beaches, mountains, forests and wildlife, etc. are the most important tourist attractions in India. The state of Andhra Pradesh in South India is replete with tourist attractions. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is one of the important holiday destinations in the state.
It is one of the largest zoological parks in the state and displays a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park was declared open to the public on 19 May 1977.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Indira Gandhi was the 1st woman prime minister of India. She was the daughter of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the 1st prime minister of independent India. The park is named after her.
Area and Location:
It covers an area of 625 acres and is located in Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Eastern Ghats on the other three sides, this park is marked for the pictorial setting. The park is situated amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest.
It is the home of almost 80 species of wild animals and about 800 animals. It is very interesting to note that there are separate sections for small mammals, ungulates, primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, reptiles and birds in the park.
Rhesus monkey is the most important attraction. You will also find Olive and Sacred baboons, Panthers, Tigers, Lions, Wolves, Jackals, Hyena, Bonnet monkey, Mandrills, Ratel, Pumas, Jaguars, etc.
Reptiles include Terrapins, Monitor lizards, Snakes, Pythons, Tortoise and Water Monitor Lizards. The park is the home of many herbivores like Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Spotted deer and Thamin deer.
The list doesn't end here certainly. The attractive avifauna that is the winged creatures will allure you. Pied hornbills, Painted storks, Grey or Rosy pelicans, Peacocks, Ducks, Cockatiels, Macaws Love birds, and various other ground birds are also found here. There are separate enclosures for Himalayan Black Bear and Sloth Bear.
Among the aquatic animals, you will watch the Hippopotamus and Crocodiles. You might see them basking in the sun. Roaming beside the aviaries that comprise of a great variety of birds from the Eastern Ghats' would also be great fun.
Best time to visit:
You can visit the park throughout the year.
How to reach the park?
The zoo park is around 6 km drive from RTC Complex. You can take buses run by APSRTC and the Tourism Department that will take you to the park directly.
The nearest railway station is at Vishakhapatnam. The nearest airport is also Vishakhapatnam.
A special mini-train service was introduced in the park on the 1st of January in 2000. This was aimed to facilitate the tourists to watch the wildlife in an open top train.
Visiting the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park would be a double treat for you. You can enjoy the pristine natural beauties and know a lot about the wildlife of Andhra Pradesh.