Velavadar National Park is one of the best
national park in India to view the blackbuck. Velavadar
National Park, also known as the Blackbuck National Park, was
established in the year 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra
at Velavadar. This national park is situated about 72 kms from
the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. This national park covers
an area of 36 square km and comprises of grasslands and
scrubby plains. This park was primarily a "vidi" (grassland)
of the Maharaja of the princely state of
Bhavnagar. It is surrounded by wastelands and agriculture
fields in the northern side. The National park has been
classified as 4B Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of semi-arid
Wildlife Attractions in the Velavadar
The Velavadar National park is known for the successful
conservation of the blackbuck, wolf and the lesser Florican.
Earlier, the blackbucks and the Lesser Floricans were found
only in the open plains throughout the country, but now they
are found only in the Velavadar National Park. The blackbuck
is the most graceful and beautiful Indian animal. Besides
these animals, the Velavadar National Park also provides a
suitable habitat to the endangered Indian wolf, Jackal, Indian
fox, Jungle cat, Blue bull antelope, Wild pigs, Hares and
Rodents. This park also attracts various migratory birds like
the sandgrouse and larks during the winter. Velavadar National
Park is also an excellent place to see a large number of
harriers roosts and other birds.
Best time to visit the Velavadar National Park
Although the Velavadar National Park is open throughout the
year, but the period between October to mid-June is considered
to be the best time to visit the park. Evening is the best
time to view these animals at the Velavadar national park.
How to reach Velavadar National Park
The nearest airport is located at Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad.
Bhavnagar is located at a distance of 72 km.
The nearest railway station are located at Ahmedabad and Dhola,
which is about 52 km away.
The Velavadar National Park is easily connected with various
cities in Gujarat.