Kinnerasani Wild Life Sanctuary, one of the famous sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh located on the bank of the Godavari River. This sanctuary offers a glimpse into the wild life and biodiversity of Andhra Pradesh. The shrine is located 12 km from Paloncha in the Khammam district. Covering an area of 635.4 sq km, this sanctuary is part of the Dandakarnya forest in the Khammam district.
The name “Kinnerasani” for this sanctuary comes from the river that flows through the sanctuary. This river forms the sanctuary in two parts and eventually drains into the Godavari River. The dense forest of this sanctuary is of mixed deciduous type with teak, bamboo, and terminals.This sanctuary is home to various emerging species of birds, reptiles and plants. The animals found here are black bucks, cheetals, sambars, chousinghas, wild boars, jackals, hyenas, tigers, sloth bears, gaur, wild dogs, chinkara. Visitors can observe a variety of beautiful bird species such as teals, jungle birds, doves, peacocks, ducks, nukta, open beaks, spoonbills, nukta, etc. The dense forest is also home to reptiles such as pythons, kraites, cobras, etc.
The main attraction of this sanctuary are the Kinnerasani Dam, the reservoir and the deer park. Special speciosis found in the forest include Maddi, Yepi, Yegissa, Sommi Thandra, Bandaru, Amla, Mango, and Tendu. The sanctuary also provides an environmental education center that provides details on the wildlife in the sanctuary.
By car: Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 12 km from Paloncha in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh.
By train: the nearest train station is in Bhadrachal, about 25 km from Kinnerasani. Mississaugawildlife.ca