Papikonda wild life sanctuary is located in
three districts - Khammam, East
Godavari and West Godavari. It is 50-km from
Rajahmundry and extends over
591-sq-km. It lies on the left and right banks of the river Godavari and
cuts through the Papikonda hill range of Eastern Ghats.
Varied and multifarious streams emanating from covers of the hill make the Papikonda forest vegetation luxuriant. All these constitute to make the area into a typical ecological, facinal and geomorphological zone.
The different species of flora found here are Tectona Grandis, Terminalias, Tomentosa, Lagerstroemia Lanceolata, Latifolia, Albizzia Amara, Albizzia Lebbeck. Dendrocalamus Strictus Bambusa Arundinacea.
A Natural Animal Home
The habitat is suited for Tigers, Gaurs, Panther and other animals like Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Sambar, Hyena, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Muggers. The presence of Gharials was also reported. A variety of both resident and migratory birds are found along river Godavari and its tributaries.
A hill reserve forest called Rekhapalle in Khammam district, which is situated in this sanctuary, is reported to be 'Kishkinda', the ape kingdom of Ramayana times. Visiting this place leaves an unforgettable impression on the minds of nature lovers. Other attractions of this place are an Environmental Education Centre and a Museum.
Rail: Nearest railway station is at
Road: Papikonda sanctuary is 50-km from Rajahmundry and is well connected by road.
Forest rest house is available at Rajahmundry, Maredumilli, Kannapuram