Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary in Medak District

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary in Medak District: Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary has located 13.8 Km from Medak and 115 Km from Hyderabad. It is one of the most famous sanctuaries in the Telangana state. It is the significant habitat of a large number of residents as well as migratory birds and spreads over 20 sq-km. The total area of the forest covers around 3568 sq-km.

Pocharam forest is a mixed dry deciduous forest with patches of scrub and grassy plains. Terrain undulating with low hills and small water pools.

Pocharam Forest was the favourite hunting ground of the Nizam and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the early part of the 20th century. Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is named after the Pocharam lake formed from the bonding of the Allair in 1916-1922. It is spread over 9.12 Sq Km. It is surrounded by lush green forest, is rich in flora and fauna and attracts a lot of Migrating birds, like the Bar-Headed Goose, Brahminy Bucks and Open Billed Stork.

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary in Medak

Nine small islands form this Wildlife Sanctuary between the Manjira and Singur barrages, home to several residents and migratory birds in addition to Marsh Crocodiles and Muggers.

The Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary includes extensive verities of Flora and Fauna species; Pistia, Hydrilla, Eichornia and Vallisneria are the plants commonly found in water. Fishes of various species like Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Each Paten, Karugu, Chidwa and reptiles like Monitor Lizards, Fresh Water Turtles, Cobra and Marsh Crocodiles can be seen here.

The different species of birds found here are Painted Storks, Herons, Coots, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills, Open Billed Storks, etc.

The Pocharam Wildlife sanctuary is home to animals like Leopard, Forest Cat, Wild Dog, Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Panther, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chital, Chowsingha, and Four-horned Antelope.

There is a centre for Eco-Tourism where visitors can see five species of Antelopes and Deer. Boats are in operation to take the visitors around the sanctuary for bird watching. Binoculars and books on the identification of birds are also available. The films of birds and animals are also shown every day on a 16mm projector. There is an Environmental Education Centre with a museum, a library, and an auditorium. It helps in educating the visitors about nature conservation and the maintenance of ecological balance.

The temperature in summer goes up to 46oc & in winter, it drops to 6oc. The best time to visit the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to May. The vast Pocharam Lake adjoining the Pocharam Sanctuary makes it a place worth visiting.

How to Reach Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary in Medak District

By Air

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, which is 146 kilometres from Medak. The distance from Medak to Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is 13.8 kilometres, and some buses and taxis can take you there.

By train

There is a railway station in Medak. The closest railway station to Medak is Akkannapet (19.1 km) and Kamareddy (60 km), both of which have several trains going to significant towns, including Bangalore, Chennai, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Nanded, Vizag, and Hyderabad, among others. Buses and taxis can also take you to Medak from the railway station. Some buses and taxis may take you from Medak to the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, which is 13.8 kilometres away.

By Road

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) frequently runs buses from Hyderabad, Warangal, Siddipet, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, and Sangareddy to Medak. Up to Medak, buses are available from all significant towns and cities. Some buses and taxis may take you from Medak to the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, which is 13.8 kilometres away.

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary in Medak District

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