Barda Wildlife Sanctuary

Barda Wildlife Sanctuary lies 15 kilometers away from the Porbandar city and faces the great Arabian Sea. Previously, the forests of Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar belonged to the ex-princely state of Ranavav or Porbandar and Jamnagar. Thus it is still known as Rana Barda and Jam Barda.It occupies an area of 192.31 square kilometers area.

In 1979, the reserve forest of the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar was marked as sanctuary. It is dished out between the districts of Porbandar and Jamnagar. You will find hilly terrain, flat plains, number of rivulets, streams and dams in the area that encloses the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary at Gujarat.

The Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar appears to be a green oasis around which agriculture fields, wastelands and forest co-exists in harmony. The Bileshvary and Joghri rivers flow through it. The Khambala and Fodara dams are situated in the the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar giving it a divine look.

The forest of the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat provides ecological security and environmental stability to the surrounding region. Further it guards the region against the salinity ingress from the Arabian sea which is only 15 kilometers away.It comprises of a rich floral diversity which are used for medicinal purposes.

The Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar was also the home to Asiatic lion in the past. Lions, chinkara, Sambar and spotted deer also inhabited in the reserved forest. But at present these animal species have vanished from Barda Wildlife Sanctuary. Rare and threatened species like ratel, leopard, wolf, crocodile, chameleon, spotted eagle, crested hawk-eagle, venomous snakes still inhabits in it.

Last Updated on : 30 September 2011