Amidst the hustle and bustle of a rapidly growing Hyderabad City, which also happens to be the capital city of Andhra Pradesh State, the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park provides for a worthy natural environment and an excellent lung space for the residents and the visiting tourists alike. Established as a National Park in 1994 in order to safeguard the biodiversity and richness of an area spread over 1.4 square kilometers, it is often described as a Jungle within the ‘Concrete Jungle’, situated right next to the posh Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad.
Earlier known as the ‘Chiraan Palace’ from the days of the Nizam Rule, it was later renamed as the ‘Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park’, after the former popular Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. This Park is frequented in the mornings, evenings and the weekends by the young and the old so as to come close with the natural environment from time to time. Some of the animals who have made a home in this Park include Pangolins, Small Indian Civets, Peacocks, Jungle Cats, & Porcupines. The Park is also home to over 600 species of Plant-Life, and 30 different varieties and species of Butterflies and Reptiles. Over 140 species of Birds are found to be visiting this Park which has quite a few water-bodies located within which provide the needed moisture to the plants and quench the thirst of the birds and small animals living here.
There was a time when this Park was well outside the city and located on the distant outskirts; but as the growing borders of Hyderabad engulfed most of the surrounding fringes of land, the Park is now right inside the metropolis and a part of the City itself. However, untouched by concrete, it retains the charming natural environment originally preserved by the Nizam.