The Mrugavani National park covering an area of 3.60 sq. km ( 700 acres)
was established in October, 1994 near Himayatsagar lake at a distance
of 25 kms from Hyderabad.
The undulating topography of the park has rocky exposures of the Deccan
trap formation and the vegetation is tropical dry deciduous forest of
degraded nature interspersed with woodlands and grasslands. Over 600 plant
species including herbs, shrubs, climbers and trees like Teak, Rosewood,
Sandalwood, Neem, Bamboo etc are found here.
The fauna comprises of wild boar, jackals, foxes, porcupines,
Black naped Hare, Monitor lizards, Forest Cat, Civet Cat,
Mongoose, Cheetal or Spotted deer, Sambar etc and a wide variety of reptiles
including Pythons, Cobra, Rat Snakes, Russell’s Viper, Monitor Lizard
etc. Over 100 species of birds have been identified in the park including
Peacocks, Quails, Warblers, Babblers, Flower Peckers,
Partridges, Lapwings, Ducks and Curlews.
The climate is pleasant for most parts of the year.
The park has a high view point and a watch tower to watch the animals
at close quarters. Snake shows are conducted for tourists. The park has
a well-stocked library, an Environmental Education Center with an auditorium
and a museum with wildlife exhibits.