Diversity is beautiful. Andhra Pradesh is a haven that holds a beautiful melange of plant and animal life. Protecting its local flora and fauna are several wildlife sanctuaries, bird parks, botanical gardens and national parks, a must visit for nature enthusiasts and travellers alike.
PADMAPURAM BOTANICAL GARDEN
Nested within the serene surroundings of the Eastern Ghats, Padmapuram Botanical Garden is located in the Araku Valley, only 12 kilometers away from Visakhapatnam. Not only is it a repository of enriched plants and flowers including hefty trees like eucalyptus and pine. It also features a toy train for children to enjoy the garden as they learn. Beautiful fragrances lead you to rose gardens. The garden’s also famous for hanging cottages supported by huge trees, ten feet above ground level.
INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK
One of Vizag’s most important tourist attractions, the Zoological Park is home to exotic and endangered varieties of bird and animal species. The hippopotamus, giraffe, sloth bear and olive baboon are some of the exotic species housed here. Among birds, ostrich, macaw, painted stork make up major attractions.
PULICAT LAKE BIRD SANCTUARY
Located along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, this bird sanctuary attracts migratory birds from around the world. It is also a nesting ground for many aquatic birds. Pullicat’s dry evergreen forests are a perfect home for flamingos, pelicans, a variety of storks, ibises, cormorants, egrets, ducks, pintails, terns, grey herons and sandpipers.
SRI VENKATESWARA ZOOLOGICAL PARK
An oasis of lush green valley, this zoological park is surrounded by the Tirumala Hills. Housing more than 1500 species of flora, some of the rarest animals including slender loris and golden gecko and mesmerizing waterfalls, this zoological park is never a dull sight.
“Andhra Pradesh is a haven that holds a beautiful melange of plant and animal life.”
FAMOUS FLORA AND FAUNA
- Sloth Bear