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Vansda National Park – complete detail – updated

Vansda National Park – complete detail – updated. Dominant flora and fauna of Vansda National Park. Geography of Vansda National Park. How to reach Vansda National Park. The area was established as a National park in the year of 1979. The Park has mainly moist deciduous and dry deciduous forest and bamboos, tall teak trees, orchids, mango groves and gigantic creepers are the predominant trees of the forest……………
Vansda National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Navsari district of the state of Gujarat. The park got its name Vansda as the area was privately owned by the Maharaja of Vansda. Total area of the park is about 23.99 Km2
The park has dwellings of local tribals belonging to Bhil, Gamit, Warli, Kokni, Kunbi and Dangi tribes. The Park is extremely dense and harbors a wide variety of flora and fauna. It contains 440 species of plants, which include 110 species of trees, 43 species of shrubs, 63 species of climbers, 199 species of herbs and 25 species of grass.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.

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Vansda National Park

Vansda National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Navsari district of the state of Gujarat. The park got its name Vansda as the area was privately owned by the Maharaja of Vansda. The Vansda National Park is maintained by the government of Gujarat and a unique protected area of the state.

The area was established as a National park in the year of 1979. The area having groves of “Katas” bamboo owes its beauty to no felling of trees since 1952. Total area of the park is about 23.99 Km2.

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The Park is extremely dense and harbors a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Park has mainly moist deciduous and dry deciduous forest and bamboos, tall teak trees, orchids, mango groves and gigantic creepers are the predominant trees of the forest.

It contains 440 species of plants, which include 110 species of trees, 43 species of shrubs, 63 species of climbers, 199 species of herbs and 25 species of grass.

Some parts of the park are dark even during daytime. During rainy reason, the park gets a heavy rainfall of over 2000 mm. which encourages the dense plant growth. The landscape is beautiful with trees, small streams and beautiful hills and valleys. Ambika river flows through the north eastern boundary of the park.

The major portion of the Park forms a part of Ambika catchment. The park has abundance of reptiles like python, venomous snakes like Russel’s viper, cobras and kraits.

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A visit to the nearby Waghai botanical garden and the nature education trail from the botanical garden up to the National Park would be a delightful experience for the nature lovers.

The park has dwellings of local tribals belonging to Bhil, Gamit, Warli, Kokni, Kunbi and Dangi tribes. All the tribals have their unique culture and systems which are interesting.

Geography

The Vansda National Park is geographically situated on the south east of the Vansda city in Navsari district of Gujarat. Total area of the park is about 23.99 Km2. The park is located on the Vansda-Waghai State Highway.

The topography of the park supports moist deciduous, dry deciduous forest, Small hills, lovely valleys, and rippling streams.

The Park has mainly moist deciduous and dry deciduous forest and bamboos, tall teak trees, orchids, mango groves and gigantic creepers are the predominant trees of the forest. Some parts of the park are dark even during daytime.

The Ambika River flows through the park. It abounds in colorful orchids that are simply a treat to the eye. The park terrain represents northern and western limits of the Western Ghats in India.

It forms a contiguous tract with the forests of Dangs on its eastern side and forests of Valsad district on its southern side. The hilly terrain with altitude ranging from 110-360 m is interspersed by many streams forming furrows in criss-cross pattern.

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Dominant flora

Teak, Sadad, Bamboo, Dudhkod, kakad, khakhro, Timru, Humb, kalam, Modad, Haldu, Sisam, Chopadi Bondaro, kusum, Tanach, Asan, Mahudo, Behda, Umaro, Shimlo, Ambla etc.

Dominant fauna

Mammals – Leopard, Rhesus macaque, Giant squirrel, Wild boar, Hanuman langur, Common palm civet, Small Indian civet, Indian porcupine, Four-horned antelope, Barking deer, Hyena, Jungle cat, Flying squirrel etc.

Reptiles – Python, Russel’s viper, Venomous snakes, Cobras, Kraits etc.

Birds – Indian great black woodpecker, Yellow back sunbird, Pompadour pigeon, Malabar trogon, Common grey hornbill, Jungle babbler, Forest spotted owlet, Yellow-backed Sunbird, Grey Hornbill, Forest Wagtail, Shama, Paradise flycatcher, Leaf birds, Thrushes, Malabar trogon, Pea fowls etc.

Other Attractions

Botanical garden

Gira falls

Conservation center

Mahal forest

Hot water spring

Wood workshop at Waghai

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Best time to visit

The best time of the year to visit the Park is between the months of November to May.

Fee

For Indians – Rs. 20/- Per Person

For Foreigners – US$ 5 Per Person

Vehicles Fee

For Indians – Rs. 200 (for upto 6 persons)

For Foreigners – US$ 20 (for upto 6 persons)

For Indians – Rs. 500 (for upto 15 persons)

For Foreigners – US$ 50 (for upto 15 persons)

For Indians – Rs. 1750 (for upto 60 persons)

For Foreigners – US$ 175 (for upto 60 persons)

Still camera photography

For Indians – Rs. 100

For Foreigners – US$ 10

Guide Fee

For Indians (four hours) – Rs. 50/- (Rs. 20 for every subsequent hour)

For Foreigners (four hours) – US$ 10 (US$ 5 for every subsequent hour)

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How to Reach

By AirNearest airport is Surat airport, about 120 Km from the Vansda National Park. Surat airport is well connected by road to Vansda National Park.

By Rail Nearest railway station is Waghai railway station, about 05 Km from the Vansda National Park. Waghai railway station is well connected by road to Vansda National Park.

By Road Vansda National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Vansda National Park at frequent intervals.

Useful Contact

Range Forest Office, Vansda National Park, Vansda (02630) 230057

Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dang (South), Ahwa, Dangs district. Gujarat.  Phone: (O) 02631 220246.

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd, H. K. House, Opp: Bata Showroom, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad,
Phone: +91 79265 78044 Fax: +91 79265 82183 E-mail: tibahd@gujarattourism.com

Other National Parks in Gujarat. Name of National Parks, Year of Notification and Total Area is as follows……..
S. No.  Name of National Park Year of Notification Total Area (Km2)
1 Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar Gujarat 1976 34.53
2 Gir Forest National Park Gujarat 1975 258.71
3 Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch Gujarat 1982 162.89

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  1. I recently visited this park. I compiled a detailed post at: here

  2. Dear Darpan, Nice work

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