Rollapadu Wildlife SanctuaryThe Rollapadu bird sanctuary, also called as Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh region. It is famous for being one of the last homes of the highly endangered Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps). The Great Indian Bustard is a majestic bird with an average height of up to 120 cm, long neck and legs and a brownish plumage. A mature bird weighs up to 14.5 kg, while female birds are 15 to 20 per cent less in height and weight. It also protects Lesser Florican (Sypheotidesindicus) which nests in this region.
Spread across an area of 614 sq kilometers, the sanctuary was formed in 1988. This sanctuary is located at a distance of about 60 kilometers from the Kurnool area near Nandikotkuru in Andhra Pradesh. Topography of the sanctuary is gentle undulating plains with an elevation of 290m and vegetation is of Southern Tropical Thorn Forest type.
Climate Rollapadu Wild Life SanctuaryClimate of the sanctuary is usually quiet hot and dry for almost more than eight months with an average annual temperature of about28?C. Winters in the Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary are usually mild and pleasant with a minimum temperature of 180 C, while summers are quiet hot as the maximum temperatures in summer soars in the range of 40–45 ?C. Average rainfall of the area is 450mm and usually it varies. The best time to visit this place is from October to February. This is the time when a lot of migratory birds fly in.
Flora & Fauna of Rollapadu Wild Life SanctuaryRollapadu wild life sanctuary has a vast variety of flora and fauna. The landscape at the sanctuary is covered with open grasslands, mixed forests and thorny bushes which provide the ideal habitat for the animals and birds. Various trees species like Ficus Tiela, Sepiata, Manilkara, Strychnos, Uberifolium and Hexandra are found in this area.
The Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary is the home to a number of birds, reptiles and wild animals. Some of the animals exist in the region include Sparrows, Indian Bustard, Indian Roller, Indian Fox, Black Buck, Bonnet Macaque, Russell’s Viper, Indian Cobra, jackal, Wolf and Mynas.
AccommodationOn a tour to Rollapadu Bird sanctuary there are two options available to stay at the forest rest house at Kurnool or the inspection bungalow at Nandikotkuru.
How to get thereNandikotkuru, the nearest town located at a distance of mere 18 km is easily accessible by all means of transportation available.
By AirHyderabad is the nearest airport and located at 238 kilometers distance from here.
By RailKurnool railway station is the nearest railway station and located at a distance of 40 kilometers. From railway station, frequent buses are available to reach here. Nandyal railway station is also located at a distance of 45 km.
By RoadFrom Kurnool Bus station, APSRTC operates its bus services regularly to this place and various private taxis and tourist cabs are also available from Kurnool at reasonable charges.
Area - 614 sq.km.
Best time to visit - October to February
Nearest Airport - Hyderabad, 238 kms away
Nearest railway station - Kurnool, 40 kms away
Entry – Paid
Pets – Not allowed
Timings - 7.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Contact - Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam, Kurnool District