Situated on the Banks of Ambika River roughly spanning over a small area of about 24 square kilometers, the Vansda National Park lies 65 kilometers east of Chikhali Town, on the National Highway 8 to the north-east of Valsad City in Gujarat. These forests of the Dangs in Southern Gujarat are part of the Navsari District of the Gujarat State.
Vansda town, from where this park derives its name, is an important trading place of this region where the tribal-folks represent majority of the population. The Vansda-Waghai State Highway runs through the park, and also the narrow gauge rail-link connecting Ahwa to Bilimora.
The Vansda National Park comprises of the thick deciduous wooded forest area with bamboo groves owes the beauty to the fact that no trees have been felled in this area since 1952. Nestled in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri Range, this park was established as a protected area in the year 1979.
It maintains a unique flavor of flora & fauna with a canopy so thick that parts of the park are engulfed in the darkness even during the day. Wild mango groves, wild bananas and many other wild relatives weaved together by gigantic creepers could be a scary sight. Large expanses of Bharadi grasslands are tucked away to the east of the center along with ferns, mushrooms, and varieties of delicate and colorful orchids.
The best time to visit this National Park is post-monsoon and early winters when the rains have left them extremely lush and the streams are bubbly and full. However, Surat is the nearest Airport access to the Vansda National Park and which at a distance of 120 kilometers is merely, a two-and-half hours’ drive.
Vansda National Park Mammals & Reptiles
Parts of the park are home to the tribesmen who dwell within these forests. The diversity of wildlife abundantly found here includes the Leopard, Hyena, Chital, the Chausinga, Jungle Cat, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet and the Mongoose. Along with the endangered Great Indian Squirrel, the Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Langur, Indian Porcupine, Flying Squirrel, Indian Flying Fox, Pangolin and Rusty Spotted Cats are found in large numbers. The abundance of reptiles include the Pythons, Russell’s Viper, Cobra, Kraits and varieties of insects, centipedes, millipedes and snails, together with over 121 species of spiders and butterflies of diverse species.