Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary
Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

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Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

Near Mamlatdar office,
Sanand, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Pincode : 382110
Phone : 079 223500

Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

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About the Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar Birds SanctuaryNalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a spectacular natural lake with shallow waters and muddy lagoons, dotted by 360 islets. It offers an ideal wintering ground for thousands of migratory birds. These birds travel tiring lengths from Central Asia, Europe and Siberia to escape from severe cold of harsh winter there.

In addition to migratory birds, many resident as well as local migratory birds also visit this place. This lake and the wetlands around it were declared a bird sanctuary in April' 1969.

It is thrilling to canoe through such shallow water and come very close to the flocks of pelicans, large groups of flamingoes and coots and different types of ducks.

Nal Sarovar Birds SanctuaryMigratory birds start arriving here in October and stay till April. Their population reaches its peak in mid winter.

There are 360 islets in the lake. Most of them lie exposed when the water level is low. The lake gets filled with water that drains from the adjoining Surendranagar and Ahmedabad districts in the monsoon. With this fresh water inflow, brackishness in the lake is reduced considerably.

The sheer number of birds that is encountered in this beautiful place leaves the bird-watchers spellbound. As you move towards the islets through the sedges and aquatic grass, you hear sudden fluttering of thousands of birds.

Both the flamingoes i.e. Lesser and Greater inhabit Nalsarovar. The former frequents the sanctuary during monsoon and post monsoon periods whereas the latter becomes abundant as the salinity increases after the monsoon.

A very significant conservation value of Nalsarovar lies in its large congregation of important birds such as Grey-lag geese, Open-bill stork, Glossy ibis, Coots, Cranes etc. It is also noteworthy that of the three species of pelicans in India, the two species viz. Rosy and Dalmatian pelicans are found here.

Nal Sarovar Birds SanctuaryThe sanctuary area has 48 species of algae and 72 species of flowering plants. The common aquatic plants are Cyperus sp., Scirpus sp., Typha ungustata, Eleocharis palustris, Ruppia, Potamogeton, Vallisnaria, Naias, Chara etc.

Nal Sarovar Birds SanctuaryImportant birds- The sanctuary has about 250 bird species, which include greater and lesser flamingoes, pelicans, ducks & geese, rails, coots, cranes, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, ibises, spoonbills, teals, sarus cranes, moorhens and waders etc.

Other animals- On southern or southwestern fringes, small herds of wild ass can be seen. Mongoose, jungle cat, Indian fox, jackal, wolf and hyena are also there.

Nal Sarovar Birds SanctuaryAddress :Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary,
Near Mamlatdar office, Sanand-382110.
District Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Phone(O) : 079 223500
Ahmedabad and Surendranagar districts
Coverage area : 120.82 sq. km.

Visitors to Gir Sanctuary

Sr. No. Year Indian Visitors Foreign Visitors Total
1 2007-08 39926 5230 45156
2 2008-09 52676 4424 57100
3 2009-10 200420 5151 205571
4 2010-11 110054 5897 115951
5 2011-2012 385705 8498 394203
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  • The Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (64 kms).
  • The Nearest bus station are at Viramgam (40 kms) and Sanand (42 kms).
  • 30 km. From Bagodara highway junction

The Nearest Railway station are :

  • Viramgam - 40 kms.
  • Ahmedabad - 64 Kms
  • November to April
  • Important archeological site of Lothal-50 km.
  • Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad.
  • Indroda Park (managed by GEER Foundation), Gandhinagar- 90 km.
  • Forest Bungalows, Tourist complex at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • No night accommodation
  • Tourism Corporation of Gujarat's Resort.
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