Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary

Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 1987, exclusively for the protection of marsh crocodiles.

Located along the holy River Godavari which is the lifeline to the Sivaram wildlife Sanctuary in Mancherial and Peddapalli districts of Telangana, the total area of this beautiful wildlife Sanctuary is approx. 36.29 sq kms.

Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve located nearly 10 km from Manthani and 50 km from Mancherial town in Telangana and is well accessible by road. Mancherial is the nearest railway station.

The deciduous vegetation of this sanctuary consisting of Timan, Terminalias, Teak, Gumpena, Kodsha. It also has some Thorny Shrubs. The wildlife sanctuary attracts a lot of tourists with its wide collection of fauna which includes Sloth bear, Nilgai, Panther, Langaur, Rhesus Monkey, Cheetal, etc.

Situated on the banks of River Godavari, this place is their natural habitat. This wild life sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers and nature photographers. The eco system in this Sanctuary is able to sustain various biotic communities and as a result visitors from the world over come to visit the place.

The marsh crocodiles are the fresh water crocodile which are also known as Mugger Crocodiles. These mugger crocodiles outnumber the salt water crocodiles, and can crawl for a considerable distances on land. These crocodiles that are equally mobile on land as well as in water, and this quality stands as the hot tourist attraction at Sivaram wildlife Sanctuary in Telangana.

Apart from crocodiles, this wild life sanctuary has a rich collection of flora and fauna. Teak, Bamboo, Timan, Gumpena, Kodsha, thorny shrubs and other deciduous vegetation are found here. Animals like the sloth bear, tiger, panther, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, black bucks, monkeys like the langur and the rhesus monkey and reptiles such as pythons make this their habitat.

The forest basically has five types of trees viz southern tropical teak forests, southern dry mixed deciduous forests; satin forests; bamboo brakes and baswellia forests. The flora includes teak, terminalias, tirman, kodsha, gumpena, abnus and thorny scrub.

Sivaram sanctuary was initially declared as crocodile sanctuary to protect the endangered marsh crocodiles of river Godavari. Among the other fauna that can be found here are panther, slothbear, nilgai, cheeta, blackbuck, chousingha, langur, rhesus monkey, wild boar, sambar and python.

The sanctuary can be approached by road from Hyderabad to Manthani, the distance being 240 km. It can also be approached from Ramagundam and Mancherial.

Climate is generally hot and dry except during the South-West monsoons in the months of June-September.

The best time to visit the Sanctuary is in winter and the season starts from December to April.

Accommodation can be booked in advance at the Forest Rest House at Mancherial or Eklaspur. Food is also provided at the place for the inmates but for the other visitors, it is advised that they carry their food with them. There are no restaurants near the Sanctuary. Care should also be taken not to throw garbage or litter the areas. The animals are not to be provoked at any cost since the crocodiles are carnivorous.

The entire splendor of the forest can be seen during winter. The climate of the Sanctuary is very eco friendly and the richness of lush vegetation can be seen during the season.

Care has to be taken on the visit to the Sanctuary and the visitors are advised to travel on jeeps provided or they may take their vehicles.