Location : Sangareddy, 50 kms from Hyderabad
Area : 20 sq km
Attractions : Various species of plants, animals and birds
Manjira Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is a renowned haven that domiciles large number of local as well as migratory birds in Andhra Pradesh. Lying near Sangareddy in Medak district, this wildlife refuge is located alongside Manjira River. If you happen to be nature aficionado, this place would be an awesome treat for you. Snuggled between Manjeera and Singur barrages, the harbor formed by nine small islands extends over an area of 20 sq km.
Water plants found in this wildlife asylum include Pistia, Hydrilla, Eichornia and Vallisneria. You can also see different species of fish including Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Ech Paten, Karugu and Chidwa. Manjira Bird Sanctuary also houses reptiles like Monitor Lizards, Fresh Water Turtles, Cobra and Marsh Crocodiles. By means of boats, you can take a trip down the twirling Manjira to watch birds around the sanctuary. You can also hire binoculars and books from the authorities to identify the birds.
However in order to trace birds, you need to be a little patient and observe silence. The birds seen at Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary Painted comprise of Storks, Herons, Coots, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills, Open Billed Storks, etc. The sanctuary also has museum, library and an auditorium in its Environmental Education Centre. The centre actually works to inform people about the benefits of nature conversation and protection of ecological balance.