The park is located in Vanasthalipuram, on the outskirts of Hyderabad city at a distance of about 15-km on the Hyderabad- Vijayawada road. Once the Nizam's (former Hyderabadi rulers) hunting grounds, it is now home to the beautiful black bucks with their spiral horns along with several species of birds.
The park named after the renowned Jain saint 'Lord Mahavira' was established in 1975, in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary. The deer park maintained by the Forest Department, has an undulating terrain, of 189 hectares dominated by acacia trees and grasslands.
Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Mahaveer Harina Vanathali National Park in Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and its Wildlife The park looks picturesque in the monsoon with the golden and white flowers of these trees on the lush green carpet of grass. Besides Acacias, neem, Bauhinias, Buteas ( Flame of the forest) and a variety of thorny scrub species are found in this dry scrub forest.
The main species of fauna found here is the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh. There are over 400 black bucks (Amtelope Cervicapara), about 500 Cheetals and large herds of wild boar. Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Mahaveer Harina Vanathali National Park in Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and its Wildlife Common animals seen here are monitor lizards, mongooses, porcupines besides a variety of snakes. Several species of birds like Partridges, Quails, peacocks, Doves, pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and birds of prey like kites, vultures etc are found here. A variety of migratory birds of over 80 species can also be seen round the year. Short-toed Eagle is another rare species nesting in this area.
There are rest sheds and observation towers for viewing the animals inside the park. There are facilities available for a van ride inside the park to see the animals from close quarters for a nominal fee.Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Mahaveer Harina Vanathali National Park in Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and its Wildlife The park is open every day of the week except Mondays from 9.a.m. to 5 p.m.
The forest Department offers audio-visual education on nature and wildlife and is supported by a good nature library. There is an exhibition hall displaying exhibits explaining intricate problems of wildlife conservation.
The national park is the also the homeland for animals like Monitor lizards, Mongooses, Porcupines, Snakes and Horses. The floras like Neem, Butea, Bauhinias, Accacias and many thorny shrubs increase the richness of vegetation of the national park.
The national park has the facility for audio-visual sessions, the bird watching, the nature walk and the jungle safaris will surely give the tourists to spot the animals in their respective habitats. The exhibition hall displays various items of the wild life conservation.
The guest houses near the national park give the tourists to enjoy the adventure and the excitement of the jungle and the wild animals.
Being located in the outskirt of Hyderabad, the park is well networked by road as well as rail route. Visitors are allowed to enter the park and enjoy the pure ambience where birds fill up the place with their chirping and colors. There are scopes for safari rides from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and the national park remains open from 9 am and 5.30 pm.
In the jungle safari rides tourists can easily go in the interiors in the kingdom of animals, reptiles and birds where safe distance is maintained. Causing any harm to the wild animals is criminal offence.
More great attractions can be found in the Explore Wildlife in India page.