Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in the Western Ghats mountain range, in the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra, India. In the South Gujarat, it is located between Vyara, Tapi District and Ahwa, Dang District, and in Maharashtra, it is located in Nandurbar District. Apart from the Dangs’ District, it is a part of the Northern Division of the Dangs’ Forest.
Geography and climate:
Purna has the thickest forest cover in the state, and the highest average rainfall, at 2500 mm. At sunset, the 160 square km of lush rolling hills, teak, and bamboo, fill with the music and drums of the Dangi tribes that also populate Vansda. The main village of Mahal is at the center of the sanctuary on the banks of the Purna river, with a forest rest house. Purna and Vansda together are the only protected forest areas in South Gujarat
Three distinct climatic seasons are noted: winter, summer and monsoon. Winter is from middle of November to end of February and the average temperature recorded during the coldest month of January is 10 °C (50 °F). Summer is from March to end of May when the temperature range is 35–40 °C (95–104 °F). Monsoon season sets in the middle of June or early July and lasts till September.
A popular time to visit the sanctuary is early winter when the river and rivulets are full of fresh water. The nearest large city, Surat, is 100 kilometres (62 mi) away. Surat has an airport which provides links with the rest of the country. Vyara is the nearest railway station, which is 20 kilometres (12 mi) away.
In a view to develop eco-tourism, the Government of Gujarat maintains Mahal Campsite in this sanctuary.
Fauna and flora :
The sanctuary is within the North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests’ ecoregion.
There are about 700 species of plants and trees.
Some of the wild animals found here are the leopard, rhesus macaque, bonnet macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, sambar, chital, hyena, and jungle cat. As with Vansda National Park, which is in Navsari District and the Dangs’ Forest, and Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, which Narmada District shares with the State of Maharashtra, the Bengal tiger is reportedly extinct in this area, but the place where Gujarat borders the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra has tigers, nevertheless, making the Dangs Forest a potential habitat of the tiger.
Between 1999 and 2003, 139 bird species were recorded here. Some of the birds found here are common grey hornbills, grey jungle fowl, barbets, woodpeckers, shrikes, leafbirds, bee-eaters, flycatchers, forest owlets and raptors.
As recorded in 2000-2001 the sanctuary is home for 116 species of spiders.
Best Time to Visit:
(October to February) is the best to visit Purna Wildlife Sanctuary.
A good thing about Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is that, it is mostly less crowded. Oftentimes while driving to Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, you’d not see any vehicle for kilometers.
That makes Purna Wildlife Sanctuary an excellent place for relaxation from busy and noisy city life. (Surat!)
- Mahal Eco Campsite
- Girmal Falls
- Chimer Falls
- Shabari Dham
- Pampa Sarovar
How to Reach:
Google Maps is your best guide. Search for Mahal, Dang and you shall find your way.
|From||To||Distance in km / Approx Time in hr|
|Surat (via Vyara)||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||120 km / 2 hr|
|Surat (via Ahwa)||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||150 km / 3 hr|
|Ahmedabad||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||360 km / 6 hr|
|Mumbai||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||250 km / 4.5 hr|
|Valsad||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||120 km / 2.5 hr|
|Vansda||Purna Wildlife Sanctuary||60 km / 1.5 hr|
Entry Fees & Timings:
Mahal Campsite & Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is open days a week.
Timings are dependent on Sunlight condition, normally, 9 PM to 6 PM.
Entry Fees – For One Day:
|Per Individual||₹ 20|
|Car / Jeep (Up to 6 Person)||₹ 200|
|Mid-size Vehicles:||₹ 500|
Film & Photography Fees – For One Day:
|Still Camera||₹ 50|
|Non Professional Photography / Video||₹ 500|
|Professional Feature Film||₹ 500 (Deposit: ₹ 5000)|
|Professional Documentary||₹ 200 (Deposit: ₹ 15000)|
For more information Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dang (South), Ahwa, Tel: 02631220203