Explore Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary

Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across the Kadapa and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh, is located around 15 km from Tirupati. Established in 1989, Venkateshwara covers an area of 353 sq. km and is surrounded by Seshachalam and Tirumala Hills. Its unfathomable valleys, hills and waterfalls are a haven for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts, and a must-visit for those travelling to Tirupati.

Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Tirupati city and is easily reachable by road. To enter the premises of the national park, a small fee is collected and commuting is provided via authorized jeeps and buses.

group of elephants near a water body with a jeep safari in the background

Flora and fauna at Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary


Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an exotic range of flora and fauna. Common predatory animals here include tigers, leopards, jackals, wild dogs, panthers, foxes and hyenas. Its jungles are also home to animals such as spotted deer, sloth bears, bonnet monkeys, nilgai jungle fowl, and Indian giant squirrels. The flora of this area is mostly composed of dry deciduous mixed forest.

The Asian elephant, not seen in Andhra Pradesh for nearly 300 years, was spotted here in 1984, and then another herd of five elephants were spotted in Tirumala Forests in 1993.

There are about 178 species of birds that are identified within Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary. This includes species like crested serpent eagle, ashy crowned finch lark, Indian roller, kingfishers, and white-bellied woodpecker.


Who should visit this sanctuary?


Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for birdwatchers. Those seeking to enjoy a wildlife safari can visit this sanctuary. Within this natural park in Tirupati, there is a zoological park where many animals and reptiles are kept for rehabilitation. Those looking for a short day out could visit the zoological park here. Apart from wildlife, the popular Talakona Waterfalls and several trekking trails near this sanctuary entice adventurers and nature lovers.

Where to stay during your visit to this national park in Tirupati?

Upon your visit to the temple town, guests can opt for a relaxing stay at Raj Park Hotel, Tirupati. Occupants can request the travel desk for the arrangement of a tour to this short getaway near Tirupati. The hotel is located about an hour and a half from the national park. It provides guests with a range of stunning rooms to choose from, including hill view rooms and family rooms in Tirupati. The hotel also offers a number of facilities and services including travel assistance.