Tuesday, March 29, 2011


  • This 625 Acres Zoological Park by named after The Former Prime Minister Of India. Indiragandhi Zoological Park is situated in Visakhapatnam amidst the scenic Eastern Ghats of India.
  •  Surrounded by Eastern Ghats on 3 sides and Bay Of Bengal on the Fourth this park is home for 80 species of Birds and Animals caged in their natural ambience.Adjoining Kambalakonda reserve Forest is an added attraction and must see too.

  • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is one amongst the largest zoos of India, sited in the natural surroundings of a reserve forest. Sprawled in an area of 625 acres, the park was named after Indira Gandhi - the former Prime Minister of India. It was opened to the public in the year 1977. 

  • Located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, the zoological park is surrounded by the Eastern Ghats on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the fourth.


  • The fauna observed in the caves are predominantly bats, as well as the golden gecko.

  •  The type of bat reported is the fulvous fruit bat (Rousettus leschenaultii) – a species which roosts in large caves, old buildings, dungeons and dark areas of old forts. This species has short and slender musculature with large, well developed eyes. 

  • They feed on flowers and fruits, particularly jamun, guava, silk, cotton and mango.The forests in the area are of semi-evergreen deciduous type. The flora in the cave consist of mosses and brown-to-green algae

  • Since many of the species found are endangered, mining operations are considered to be in violation of the Environmental Protection Act. 


  • The caves are located in the Araku Valley of the Ananthagiri hill range and is drained by the Gosthani River. At the entry, the cave measures up to 100 m (328.1 ft) horizontally and 75 m (246.1 ft) vertically. 

  • Stalagmite and Stalactite formations are found in the caves. The average annual temperature of Araku hills, where the caves are situated, is about 25 °C (77.0 °F). The average annual rainfall reported is 950 mm (3.1 ft) (mostly occurring during the northeast monsoon). 


  • The Gosthani river provides water supply to the Visakhapatnam city.