Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to a huge variety of plants and animals, the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary has located about 70 Km from the city of Vadodara. A sanctuary is an excellent place of vegetation that comprises of teak, bamboo, mahuda trees and several other types of small vegetation. The area was acknowledged as a sanctuary in 1990 in the month of May.
Before the independence of India, Jambughoda was a princely state containing several hills and valleys and the sanctuary was a part of this state. Apart from predators and preys the sanctuary is also home to different types of reptiles. Some of the areas of the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary area home to small tribes.
The most captivating scene of the reserve is the hills covered with thick vegetation and the beautiful valleys. The sanctuary covers a large area of 130.38 square kilometers. Visitors to the sanctuary can enjoy hiking and camping in the area.
History of Jambughoda
Located in the Panchmahal district of Central Gujarat the sanctuary in May 1990, Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of animals and plants. A small part of the sanctuary (Targol Round) falls in the adjoining Vadodara district. The area has two water reservoirs – one at Kada and the other at Targol. These water bodies add to the artistic settings and diversity of the habitat. The sanctuary’s wildlife depends on these two reservoirs.
The most striking feature of the area is the beautiful hills having a good forest cover up. The places of interest are Kada, Targol and Jhand Hanuman temple. The best is Kada, where a beautiful forest rests on the banks of an irrigation reservoir.
Reasons to Visit
- Jambughoda is a 20 km from Champaner (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) and best point to stay while visiting Champaner and nearby Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Jambughoda is a base point to visit Bhilala and Bayaka tribal villages.
- Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is good for bird watching
Wildlife at Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
The Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The highest predator in the area is the leopard. Other predators in the sanctuary include the wolf, hyena and the jackal. There are several other animals in the sanctuary such as the four-horned antelope, barking deer, civets, blue bull arid wild boar, porcupine, mongoose and sloth bear. Visitors can also spot a number of reptiles in the area including venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Best Time to Visit at Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
The winter months are the best time to visit the sanctuary. Plan your visit between the months of November to March. When visiting during this time you can spot game easily. During summers the weather can get quite hot and uncomfortable. If you wish to stay in the rest house in the sanctuary, it is best to make advance bookings. Bring along your camera and keep in mind not to wander around the area on your own.