Located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Hyderabad, the Mrugavani National Park is an urban refuge for small mammals. Spread over a 3.6 square kilometer area, this Park contains the last vestiges of the endemic flora pertaining specifically to this region of Hyderabad. Situated at Chilkur in the Moinabad Mandal of Andhra Pradesh it is home to over 600 varieties of plant species within this limited area.
Covered by southern tropical dry deciduous forests, the topography of the Park is undulating with rocky exposures of the Deccan trap formation specific to this region. Tree species like Teak, Bamboo, Sandal, Picus, Palas and Rela are common within the Park. In short, the Mrugavani National Park is a unique urban forest eco-system ably supporting an array of large ungulates like Chital, Sambar, Wild Boars, while offering a true experience of wilderness to the visitors.
The other fauna found thriving within the Park include Panther, Jungle Cat, Civet, Foxes, Jackal, Porcupine, Black Naped Hare, Mongoose, Monitor Lizard, Indian Rock Python, Russell ’s viper and Cobra. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here which include the Grey Partridge, Peacocks, Warblers, Babblers, Flower Peckers, Lapwings, Ducks, Curlews, Quail and many species of Butterflies. The Park also has a high view point and a watch-tower for observing animals at close quarters.
The Park authorities conduct regular snake shows and maintain a well stocked library and an Environmental Education Center with an auditorium and a museum with wildlife exhibits. This Park is very close to the concrete jungle of a fast growing Metropolitan Hyderabad City, and an ideal getaway from the hustle-n-bustle of urban life. Cottages and tents are available within the Park for those desirous of staying over-night, where the weather is pleasant and delightful in every sense, throughout the year.