Velavadar National Park, also known as Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary is situated in the Bhal region of Gujarat. Ideally set between two rivers, one of the main reasons for the rich soil found here.Velavadar's history dates back to the pre independence period when the place was a part of the princely state of Bhavnagar and the park used as a grazing ground for the Maharaja's cattle. After independence, the population of blackbuck started to decrease and came down to a meager 200 in 1966. It was then the area of 8.9 sq. km was converted into a sanctuary. In 1972, the area was increased to around 34 sq. km and was accorded the status of a national park under the Wildlife Protection Act. A unique feature of the park is that it is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park.

Game drives by Jeep
The Velavadar National park is known for the successful conservation of the Blackbuck, Wolf and the Lesser Florican. Besides these animals, the Velavadar National Park also provides a suitable habitat to the endangered Jackal, Indian Fox, Jungle Cat, Blue Bull Antelope, Wild Pigs, Hares and Rodents. This park also attracts various migratory birds like the Sand Grouse and Larks during the winter also an excellent place to see a large number of Harriers Roosts and other birds.


Blackbuck Lodge

The Blackbuck Lodge sits in splendid seclusion along the Velavadar Blackbuck National Park. The Lodge offers unrivaled luxury in the middle of 70 acres of natural landscape.
It offers 14 air-conditioned cottages with chic interiors and stylish architecture along with a verandah with deck chairs overlooking the grasslands.
The dining overlooking the water body serves international cuisines along with regional Kathiawadi specialties.
The lodge will soon be having a swimming pool and open air barbeque area.

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