LIFE

Unwind in the wild

AWAY FROM THE MUNDANE: Unlike in the concrete jungle, these creatures co-exist in perfect harmony. Isn't it time to enjoy the awesome sight?

AWAY FROM THE MUNDANE: Unlike in the concrete jungle, these creatures co-exist in perfect harmony. Isn't it time to enjoy the awesome sight?  

Tread softly. Even the crackle of a dry twig or the rustle of leaves could disturb the tranquility. Listen to the chirping of birds.

Pick the trail of nature and cross path with hopping deer and dancing peacocks. Away from the mundane, it's time to fall for the pristine charms of nature.

To escape the concrete jungle one need not travel far. The alluring facets of nature unfold just 17 km from the City.

Tucked away behind the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy on the Himayathsagar Road is the Mrugavani National Park, the forest area, which is home to a varied collection of fauna and flora.

Chital and Sambar gaze languidly. Along the bumpy track watch peacocks roam freely. Relish the sight of creatures such as wild boar, blacknaped hare, monitor lizards, cobra, Russel's viper and python, co-existing in the natural environs.

The 700-acre park, with its undulating landscape, offers a perfect getaway from the rigors of the daily life.

A safari, costing Rs. 5 only, takes you on a drive into the dark, deep and lovely woods of Mrugavani and wends it's way along watering holes, where deer and peacock flock to quench their thirst. Climb the tall viewpoint, along the periphery and find an awesome sight encompassing miles and miles of serene greenery unfolding.

A favourite spot for the Forest Department to conduct nature camps for school students, the national park also has a library, which boast of a good compilation of books on nature and wildlife. Pick your favourite title and relax in the quietude or shift to the nearby auditorium to enjoy the screening of some excellent films on wild life.

The park also has two guesthouses, `Mayuri' and `Chakori' for those planning to stay back and admire the sunset.

It costs Rs. 200 per day and can be reserved at the Forest Department office at the K.B.R. Park, Banjara Hills.

And don't forget to pack your lunch boxes before reaching Mrugavani, as presently there is no canteen to offer food here. Ready for a rendezvous with nature?

By T. Lalith Singh Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

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