Velavadar National Park

The Velavadar National Park at Velavadar, also known as Blackbuck National Park, is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat state, India. Established in 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra, it is spread over an area of 34.08 sq km.

Flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope are the major attractions of this park. It has a unique grassland ecosystem and has been running a number of successful conservation programmes for species such as the blackbuck, wolf and lesser florican. The largest population of lesser floricans has been sustained here.

The park is open throughout the year. However, the period between monsoon and winter (mid-June to March) is the ideal time to visit the place. Bird watching enthusiasts should visit the park between December and March, when many species of migratory birds arrive to spend the winter. These include three species of harriers, lesser floricans, eagles, waders and other water birds. N.P. Velavadhar in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park, Velavadar National Park is a 36 km patch of Savannah type grasslands and thorn scrub. The park is set between two rivers, a few miles from the Gulf of Cambay sea coast. The rich soil is believed to have origins in the sea. The principal attraction of the park is the massive population of blackbuck, the handsome Indian antelope, seen here in numbers running into thousands. The blackbuck is endemic to India and is rated among the most elegant antelopes and the fastest animals over a long distance. During the rule of the Maharajahs of Bhavnagar, Velavadar was harvested for grass to feed the royal cattle herds and the antelope were protected except for an occasional hunting camp. This is where His highness Krishnakumar Sinhji coursed blackbucks using cheetahs and flew falcons.

Blackbuck Lodge - Velavadar

The Blackbuck Lodge sits in splendid seclusion along the Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, near the west coast of Gulf of Cambay. This wildlife resort offers unsurpassed luxury in the middle of an untamed landscape. In this majestic tapestry of the wild, the Blackbuck Lodge spread across 70 acres becomes an ideal destination for the discerning traveller with its luxury villas, exclusive dining area,proximity to the Velavadar National Park and historic places of Gujarat, the indigenous wildlife and rich birdlife. You’ll be inspired by the magnificence of this secluded setting that’s perfect for family reunions and vacations and weekend getaways. It is a great place for those who want to revel in the region’s breathtaking beauty.

The property includes 14 air- conditioned cottages set in idyllic environment. Interiors of the cottages are luxurious and attention has being paid to provide super deluxe comfort to the guest. Each room is very spacious and furnished with king size beds, chairs and tables. By the windows in the room there is a specially designed relaxation area to enjoy the starlit clear sky while comfortably relaxing in bed. There is a verandah at the back with deck chairs for sun- bathing and watching the breath taking view of wilderness. The attached spacious bathroom comes with a separate dressing area and isalso provided with hair dryers and weighing scales. There is an alternativeopen-air shower area attached to the bathroom for guests who want to enjoy hot/cold water shower under the tropical sun in the closed environs of nature.

The resort will soon have a plush pool as well as a full- fleged spa and health club for the guests to make use of. After a day spent exploring the park, relish a Bush Dinner in the wild – a prerequisite for anauthentic safari experience by digging into the lodge’s signature dishes.

Library – We have a well stocked library comprising of books and publications on wildlife. We keep adding new books/publications regularly. The library area is air-conditioned with comfortable sitting arrangement to make browsing through books and journals a pleasure.

Dining Area – Our dining area is in two parts. One is cozy air-conditioned from where you can have a panoramic view of the wild grassland and the other is an open air area with tents which give our guests pleasure of dining in open air., we take Our quality of food is par excellence sand we serve Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines.

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