Wild Life Trips

Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary

  • Location: Bharuch District
  • Area: 150.87 sq. km
  • Uniqueness: This sanctuary has vast, undulating terrain, ever-pervading greenery, tall inspiring canopy, deep awesome valleys, somberly silent rocks, gentle youthful streams, majestic waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes, culminating at the congregation of Vindhyan-Satpura hill ranges. The forest area rated as one of the best and thickest in the state, is spread over an area, which includes a major watershed feeding two major reservoirs with the Rajpipla hills as backdrop.
  • Flora: The flora of the ecosystem represents semi-evergreen to moist deciduous forest. There are more than 575 species of flowering plants like timru, amla, khair, aritha, sadad, tanachh, karanj, bamboo, mahuda, bor, herde, amaltas etc. There are vast patches of bamboo crops often referred to as bamboo-brakes.
  • Fauna: Sloth bear, leopard, rhesus macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, chital, pangolin, flying squirrel, python, snakes, lizards, tortoise etc. The sanctuary has the rare distinction of having flying squirrels. It is reported to have tigers, leopard cat and wild dogs in the past. However, tigers have not been sighted here for more than two decades. Crested serpent eagle, shikra, sparrow hawk, great-horned owl, gray hornbill, red and gray jungle fowls etc.
  • Accessibility: The Nearest airport is Vadodara (90 kms). Ahmedabad (260 kms.)approximately. The Nearest bus station is Ankleshwar (60 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Bharuch - 80 Kms
  • Accommodation: Rest house - Dediapada, Rajpipla, Sagai, Kewadia
  • Season: November to March
  • Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests, Rajpipla, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharuch. Gujarat
  • Special Notes: N/A
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