Mahavir Harina Vanasthali Wildlife Park is also known as Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park. It is named after Lord Mahavira. It is spread over 3,758 acres. It is the largest green lung space in the city of Hyderabad.The park was established in 1977.The flora is of dry scrub jungle with grass lands. Major plant species found here are Neem, Butea (Flame of the forest), Acacias, Bauhinias etc. apart from a variety of thorny scrub species.
The park is famous for the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh.A variety of migratory birds can also be seen round the year. Short-toed Eagle is another rare species nesting in this area. This center offers audio-visual education on nature and wildlife and is supported by a good nature library. An exhibition hall displaying exhibits explaining intricate problems of wildlife conservation. Tourist facilities There are sheds for rest and observation towers for viewing the animals.
FLORA: Dry deciduous forest mixed with scrub jungle and grasslands. The terrain varies from hilly to gently rolling. Sandalwood, Rosewood, Palas, Amalthas, Albizzias, Accacias, Teak.
FAUNA: Panther, Black Buck, Cheetal, Wild Boar, Civet, Porcupine, Peacock, 30 species of Reptiles and over 120 species of birds.
Best time to visit - The Round the year.
Opening timing - From 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily except Mondays.
Entry Fee - Rs.5/- per adult and Rs.3.00 per child