Spread over a 353 square kilometer hilly area, the Sri Venkateswara National Park is located in the Cuddapah and Chittoor Districts of Andhra Pradesh State in India. Barely 10 kilometers to the north of Tirupati City this Park boasts of a number of cascading waterfalls, steep gorges, ravenous ridges, amidst a lush green carpet landscape and which is nothing short of a veritable heaven for the nature lover.
Bounded by the Sheshachalam and Tirumala Hills, these rugged terrains were established as a National Park in the year 1989. The forest areas of the Park consist of a dry deciduous mixed type with patches of moist deciduous forests in between. Over 1500 plant species have been recorded here belonging to 176 families, and which include Sandalwood, Red sanders, Shorea, Thumbergiana, Shorea Talura, Terminalia Pallida, Cycas Beddomei, Syzygium, Alternifolium and many others.
Sri Venkateswara National Park is home to a variety of wildlife which includes the Tiger, the rare and endangered Golden Gecko, Panther, Ibex, Sambar, Elephant, Black Buck, Spotted Deer, Gaur, Bonnet Monkey, Sloth Bear, Wild Pig, Civet, Mongoose, Jackal, Fox, Wolf, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Indian Giant Squirrel, Tree Shrew & Flying Lizards. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the Park which includes the Peacock, Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Quail, Crested Serpent Eagle, Ashy Crowned Finch Lark, Indian Roller, Kingfisher and the White-Bellied Woodpecker.
Tirupati is the closest Town, which also has an Airport and a Railway Station, is simply 10 kilometers from the Park entrance. 160 kilometers to the north-east of Chennai, November to January is the best time to come here.