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Location : Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Opened In : 1976
Coverage Area : 34 sq kilometer
Famous For : Black Buck
Time to Visit : Between months of October and March
Closing Period : June-October
Visiting Charges : Rs. 20 for Indians, $ 5 for foreigners (additional charges for vehicles)
Located in the district of Bhal, Velavadar Black Buck National Park was earlier a grassland of Bhavnagar district. It is the home of the endangered species of black buck which are found here in largest number. Next to Gir, this park is declared as Gujarat's second largest destination for wildlife.
Attractions of the Park :
Multiple Ecosystems : Velavadar Black Buck National Park is located amidst beautiful landscapes that offer a panoramic view. Declared as a bio-geographical zone, the park lies in the vicinity of tidal zone and is surrounded by numerous agricultural lands. Its close proximity to Gulf of Khambat results in formation of various tidal and saline zones that support varied life forms. There are more than 45 different varieties of flora that are known to inhabit this land. Trees of salvadora, Zizyphus and Acacia are predominant.
Fauna : The fauna of Velavadar Black Buck National Park abounds both in variety and number. It is the largest conservation area of threatened species of the beautiful Black Buck. These graceful animals are exclusively charming and are fun to watch. In addition, it is a home to leopard, nilgai, dogs, and jackals. Their growling sounds in the evening can enthrall a visitor. If lucky, one can also get to see the footprints of these wild animals. Other creatures like blue bulls, wild boars, and antelopes can be seen wandering on the grasslands.
Avifauna : For bird-watchers,this park provides ample opportunities to have a look at these feathered creatures. Florican, harrier, pelican, and raptor are among the most prominent ones. These colorful birds are captivating and allure visitors by their charming echoes and chirping sounds. One can also get the privilege of watching several varieties of predatory eagles including Imperial and Bonelli varieties. One can watch the special breeding and nestling habits of these birds. Their spectacular body shapes and flexible body movements are enough to attract the attention of the visitors. The tidal zones make the forest a perfect breeding ground for Sarus cranes. Several other birds can be seen attracting their mating partners through various dance movements that are a total fun to watch.
Entrance to the Park : There are twin gates that lead to the main wetland area. The entrance is made via a reception area where one can pay the visiting fee. One must go through the information center and properly inform about various parts of the park before starting the journey. At the center, one can also get to know the basic things about wild animals, their tendencies, and habits. After preliminaries are done, one can plan their journey according to their convenience. As no safaris are provided by the authorities, one can enjoy the rides on their personal vehicles.