Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park


Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park


Bhavnagar , District of Gujarat state

Best time

16 October to March



Major Animals/Birds

Blackbuck, Bluebull, Wolf, Jackal, Jungle cat, Fox etc. Important Birds- Lesser Florican, Houbara Bustard, White Stork (Ciconiide), Harriers, Sarus cranes (Gruidae) etc

Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park  is located in Bhavnagar , District of Gujarat state ,India. Area of Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park is 34-sq-km , best time to visit Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park  is between 16 October to March.
The blackbuck is the lone surviving member of the genus Antelope. The males are distinguished by lengthy horns in the style of a corkscrew, black upper body covering fur with whites around the eyes, chin and for the underbelly. This antelope is only found in Nepal, Pakistan, and India, and the Velavadar Sanctuary is one of the greatest sites to see it in the wild. They browse on grass in groups and are active during the day. It is one of the few Hindu holy animals and is also known as Krishna Sara or Krishna Mrug. Males are normally heavier and greater in stature than females, measuring around 84 cm tall at the shoulders and approximately 120 cm in length, weighing approximately 40 kgs, whilst females are proportionately smaller, weighing approximately 33 kgs. Blackbucks can run at rates of up to 80 km/h if necessary, and it is a thrill to watch them lope through grassy terrain, like seen at Velavadar Park.

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Safari Timings

Safari Timings and Availability of Permits: There are 2 Safari timings as mentioned below & Forest department issue limited Permit for each time slots.

Season Safari Timing Reporting Time
All Seasons (16 Oct to 15 June) Every year 6:00 – 9:00 am 5:30 am
3:00 – 6:00 pm 2:30 pm

Safari remains closed from 16th June to 15th Oct every year.

Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park Area 

Blackbuck National Park is spread over 34 square kilometres, and divided into two parts:

  • The Grassland Area 
  • The Wetland Area

A narrow road divides the park and visitors can enter both of these areas.

Major Attractions in & Around the Park

Takhteshwar Temple : Perched atop a small hillock, this all-marble temple in Bhavnagar is high enough to provide splendid views of the city and out onto the Gulf of Cambay.

Palitana And Shatrunjaya Hill: The hustling, dusty town of Palitana, 51 km southwest of Bhavnagar, has grown rapidly to serve the pilgrim trade around the Shatrunjaya Hill. 

Khodiyar Mandir : The temple lies on the edge of the Tataniya Wali Lake and has a ropeway at the back that connects the base to a shrine on the top of a hill. Lapsi (broken wheat dessert) is the main prasad of the temple.


Major Fauna At Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park

Birds found in Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park

Rufous-tailed Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Ashy-crowned and Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Indian Bushlark, Singing Bushlark, Crested Lark, Painted and Grey Francolin, Desert and Variable Wheatear, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Painted Sandgrouse, Quails and Saras Crane, Laggar Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Short-toed Eagle etc.

rptles found in Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park

The reptiles to be found in the Blackbuck sanctuary are

  • Saw Scaled Vipers,
  • Common Cobra,
  • Krait,
  • Rat Snake,
  • Sand boa etc

Mammals found in Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park

Over 5,000 individuals of the endangered Indian blackbuck congregate in Velavadar’s large, open grasslands. Males are distinguished by their corkscrew horns, Females and adolescents are frequently hornless and sandy brown in colour. The park’s second main ungulate, or hoofed mammal, is the massive nilgai or bluebuck, which is less gregarious than the blackbuck but equally common. Other easily identified animals include wild boar, Indian grey mongoose, and blacknaped hare, Wild pigs, Rodents etc.the Indian grey wolf and the mostly nocturnal striped hyena. In addition to wolves, the Indian fox and golden jackal are highly represented. Velavadar’s lone feline predator is the jungle cat, despite the fact that it was originally home to the now-extinct Asiatic cheetah.