Wildlife Tourism in Gujarat

Wildlife Tourism in Gujarat

Wildlife in Gujarat

Gujarat is an absolute treat for the nature lovers as its rich variety of flora and fauna makes home to 402 species of animals and 45 species of birds. The jungles of Gujarat are home to a sizeable population of extinct species namely Sloth Bear, Asiatic Lions, Greater Flamingo, Blackbuck, Indian Wild Ass, Indian Bustard, to name a few. Gujarat is significantly famous for its wildlife icon of Lions that are found in the Gir reserve.

Wildlife tours to Gujarat are every naturalist dream. One can experience the thrill of best reserves of India in Gujarat as it provides an opportunity to see vivid colours of wildlife and nature. For those who might have read about Gujarat, would be aware of Gir National Park. It is to be noted that Gir National Park is the largest home to the Asiatic Lions in India. King of the jungle, lion, reigns supreme in Gir, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit Gir, hyenas, leopards and over 250 species of birds just to name a few. Other then Giri there are various other National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat namely Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary, Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary, Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary, Pania Wildlife Sanctuary, Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the ideal places for an action-packed wildlife holiday in Gujarat. All these wildlife reserves offer an unmatched journey into the wilderness.

Wildlife Tours in Gujarat

Landforms of Gujarat are dynamic in nature, from moist deciduous to marine eco-system, from wetland to moist-decides forest. Bird watchers also love Gujarat as it is a great place to spot numerous bird species. Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary in Khijadiya, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary in the West of Ahmedabad, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary in Kutch, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary in Nalsarovar and Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary in Mehsana district are few unique places in Gujarat preferred by Ornithologist and people who want to indulge in bird watching. Great Indian Bustard (Heaviest Flying Birds in the World), Dalmatian Pelicans, Hawks, Harriers, Falcons, Cranes, Geese, Flamingoes, Pelicans, Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills and many other types of birds from Asian countries, Serbia and Europe nestles and breeds in Gujarat.

Don't forget to visit the Marine National Park in Gulf of Kutch when on a trip to Gujarat as it is one of its kinds in India. People who had enough of the wildlife reserves should visit the Marine National Park as it has something new to explore. In fact, it is the only place in the world where one can view the reefs without diving into the water.

Give wildlife holiday a little bent by indulging in a wildlife safari in some of the Wildlife Sanctuaries of Gujarat. For wildlife safari, one will have to take a special permit. Wildlife ministry in Gujarat uphold the issue of animal preservation and invest handsomely in maintaining animal sanctuaries and natural reserves. Many conservation initiatives has been introduced by the government to make Gujarat a safe haven to varied species of mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, vertebrates and amphibians.

With twenty one wildlife sanctuaries and four national parks in its vicinity, Gujarat is a truly a wildlife buff empyrean and a perfect place for wildlife getaway in India.

Interesting Facts

  • Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat is the first marine national park of India.
  • Gujarat is the only home of Asiatic Lions. The state is the only present natural habitat of lions outside Africa.

National Parks of Gujarat

Name of National Park Area km2 District Major Wildlife Supported
Gir Forest National Park


Junagadh Asiatic lion, leopard, chausingha, spotted deer, hyena, sambar deer, chinkara
Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar


Bhavnagar Blackbuck, fox, Macqueen's bustard, lesser florican
Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch


Jamnagar Sponges, corals, jelly fish, seahorse, octopus, pearl oyster, starfish, lobster, dolphin
Vansda National Park


Navsari Leopard, hyena, spotted deer, chausingha

Wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat

Name of Sanctuary Area km2 District Major Wildlife Supported
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary 7506.22 Kutch Chinkara, hyena, fox, flamingo, pelicans and other waterfowl and herpetofauna
Wild Ass Sanctuary 4953.7 Kutch Chinkara, nilgai, blackbuck, onager(wild ass) wolf, fox, Macqueen's bustard, waterfowl, herpetofauna
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary & National Parks 1153.42 Junagadh Lion, leopard, chausinga, chital, hyena, sambar, chinkara, herpetofauna, crocodiles and birds
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary 607.7 Narmada Sloth bear, leopard, rhesus macaque, chausinga, barking deer, pangolin, herpetofauna, birds including Alexandrian parakeet
Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary 542.08    
Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary 444.23 Kutch Chinkara, green day, desert cat, hyena, desert fox, jackal, birds, herpetofauna
Marine Sanctuary 295.03 Jamnagar Sponges, corals, jellyfish, sea horse, octopus, oyster, pearl oyster, starfish, dolphin, dugong, waterfowl
Barda Wildlife Sanctuary 192.31 Porbandar & Jamnagar Leopard, blue bull, hyena, wild boar, jackal, birds, herpetofauna
Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary 180.66 Banaskantha Sloth bear, leopard, hyena, birds, herpetofauna
Purna Wildlife Sanctuary 160.8 Dangs Leopard, barking deer, macaques, four horned antelope, sambhar, hyena, herpetofauna, birds
Jambuhoda Wildlife Sanctuary 130.38 Panchmahal Sloth bear, leopard, jungle cat, hyena, wolf, four horned antelope, herpetofauna, birds
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary 120.82 Ahmedabad,Surendranagar Flamingos, pelicans, coot, ducks, waders, storks, herons and other waterfowl, herpetofauna
Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary 55.65 Dahod Sloth bear, leopard, hyena, jackal, chausinga, civet cat, jungle cat, birds, herpetofauna
Pania Wildlife Sanctuary 39.63 Amreli Lion, chinkara, leopard, chital, hyena, wild boar, four horned antelope, pangolin, blue bull, birds
Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary 15.01 Rajkot Blue bull, chinkara, wolf, fox, jackal, birds, herpetofauna
Thol Wildlife Sanctuary 6.99 Mehsana Cranes, geese, flamingos, sarus and about 125 other waterfowl species
Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary 6.54 Rajkot Chinkara, blue bull, wolf, hyena, fox, birds, herpetofauna
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary 6.05 Jamnagar Indian skimmer, ibises, painted stork, cormorants, etc.
      About 220 bird species, herpetofauna
Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary 3.33 Jamnagar Great Indian bustard, wolf, jackal, birds, herpetofauna
Kutch Bustard Sanctuary 2.03 Kutch Great Indian bustard, lesser florican, Macqueen's bustard, chinkara, blue bull, herpetofauna
Porbandar Bird Sanctuary 0.09 Porbandar Flamingos, pelicans, spoonbill and various bird spp.