This wild life sanctuary, (spread over an area of 130 sq km) was a part of the princely state of Jambughoda before independence. The sanctuary was established in 1990 at the behest of the late Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Teak, bamboo and mahuva form the major canopy of the forest.
The sanctuary harbours several wild animals, birds and flora, including plants and herbs of medicinal value. Apart from the panther and the four-horned antelope, the habitat is shared by other animals such as blue bulls, hyenas, jackals and occasional sloth bear. You have to be lucky to spot a panther or four-horned antelope or both as these are shy and elusive animals.
In addition, the sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of snakes including cobra, rat snake, russel’s viper and python, and interesting birds such as the Paradise Fly Catcher, Golden Oriole, Tailor bird, etc. During winters, the lakes close-by, attract migratory birds, such as Pin-tails, Teals, Brahminy ducks & the Comb Ducks. Eminent personalities like Dr. Salim Ali, the noted Ornithologist, research scholars like Dr. G M Oza, Dr. Twisha Pandya & others have spent their valuable time studying plant bio-diversity & the habits of various birds & animals in their natural surroundings.
It will be worth while carrying a pair of binoculars and a camera to enjoy the forest and take back memories of a thrilling experience.