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Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary

This wood area that was accorded the status of a sanctuary in 1988 is noteworthy to mention as it has managed to survive even in an arid zone that is otherwise devoid of much greenery.

It has a terrain that is plain at the centre and undulating at other parts in the park. The boundaries are marked by hillocks. There is a wonderful watch tower erected on an elevated piece of land which provides an excellent view of the park for tourists as well as for park authorities. This helps them monitor undesirable movement within the park and have better control.

With more than 280 plant species, over 130 bird species and mammals’ species exceeding 20, this park is indeed a treasure house for nature lovers to come and explore to their heart’s content. There are two streams which provide sustenance and life to the park denizens.


This is one park where you will find the acacia thriving. From an ecosystem perspective, the presence of the Gorad in the centre of the park is significant considering that the boundaries of the park harbour shrubs and grasslands. The vegetation growth however is much better at the foothills. You can thus describe this park to have a combination of dry deciduous scrubs and dry savannah type vegetation.

The vegetation when seen from a remote sensing study consists of dense tree cover, grassland and scrubs and sparse tree cover with sufficient water bodies running through the park.

The biological spectrum of the sanctuary is much closer to that of tropical deciduous forests than semiarid ones though at first glance, you would get the impression of it having many arid zones. Unfortunately, more than 9000 trees were uprooted in a cyclone that hit the sanctuary in 1976 and that washed away many of the original plant species that were thriving in the park at that time.

Fortunately, the park still has areas which hold trees of the Sadad, Sisham, Kadaya and Timru varieties within its central pockets and they are being well maintained by the locals around the park. Plantations done in the aftermath of the cyclone have given rise to many Prosopis trees as well and it is these tree covers along with the grasslands that help the sanctuary maintain its greenery.


While flora belonging to the Gorad, Khakro, and Khapat and Hermo varieties to name a few can be found in abundance, the fauna at this sanctuary is equally impressive. You can spot hyena, antelopes, jungle cat, blue bulls, wolves and more than 20 snake species. The size of the antelopes here is really massive and as they move around gracefully without fear of any predator you know that their numbers would only increase provided humans do not hunt them down. The regal blue bulls too are a sight to enjoy. You would also be able to see over 130 bird species like partridge, ring dove, purple sunbird and large gray babbler.

How to Reach

By Air

Rajkot is the nearest airport at 47 kms. while Ahmedabad is 270 kms. away.

By Bus

You can take a bus from Wankaner that is just 15kms away. There are state transport buses you can take from Rajkot as well as other cities in Gujarat. The state transport stand is only 2 kms away.

By Rail

The closest railway station at Wankaner is also 15 kms away. Rajkot is well connected to other cities in Gujarat and other major cities like Mumbai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Amritsar and Kolkata. You can easily get here using the Western Railway Ahmedabad – Hapa route.

Best Time to Visit

The period September-October till January represents the best times to visit this park. Avoid visiting the park in the monsoon due to sighting problems as well as other logistic issues that may rise due to heavy rain.

While visiting the park, it is advisable to observe certain basic rules so as to preserve the sanctity of the park. Please desist from smoking, using flash to take photography, playing loud music or doing anything to disturb peace of the forest. Do not also litter or get too close to the animals just because they are of the herbivorous type.

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