Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary - Statue Of Unity Guide | Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue


110 KM from SOU

Visiting Hours

Always Open

Time to Spent

2-3 Hours

Time to Spent

2-3 Hours


No Tickets Required


No Tickets Required

Suitable For

Family with Childrens

How to Reach

Private Vehicle/Public Transport

Related Information

Established in 1982, the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary Near Statue of Unity is made up of a mixed forest of teak, riverine forest and deciduous dry jungles that are inhabited by leopards, sloth bears, pangolins, barking deer and a number of birds and reptiles. Head northeast from Surat’s city to the border of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, where the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 608sq km. It was originally established for the protection of sloth bears. The Zarwani Waterfall inside the jungle drops from a craggy rock face into a deep gorge. Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in India’s Gujarat state, located in the western Satpura Range south of the Narmada River. It shares a common boundary with Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It encompasses mixed dry deciduous forest, riverine forest, few pockets of moist teak forest, agricultural fields, and two water reservoirs.

There was the very old Temple of Shoolpaneshwar (Shiv Mandir) in the jungle, which had gone under water after Sardar sarovar was filled by water. The old shivling and Temple was kept there. 

Key Facts And Attractions

nilkanth Dry deciduous scrub, moist teak forest, dry bamboo brakes, moist mixed deciduous forest, dry tropical riverside forest- all merge into one another in the sanctuary. This lush wood cover proves to be an excellent habitat for a wide diversity of animals, reptiles, birds and insects. Animals: A massive variety of animals can be spotted in the wildlife sanctuary. Some of these include the sloth bear, Indian civet cat, rhesus macaque, leopard, common mongoose, pangolin, flying squirrel, chital, Indian porcupine, barking deer, four-horned antelope, tortoise etc. The sanctuary boasts of being home to one of the fastest species of leopard. Muntjac or the barking deer is also a primal attraction of the sanctuary. Birds: Alexandrian parakeet, red jungle fowl, shikhara, sparrow hawk, gray hornbill, sparrow hawk, crested serpent eagle, grey jungle fowls, great-horned owl, grey hornbill, etc.


 Best Time to Visit the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary?

The best time to visit this place is during the months of November to March, when the weather is cool and pleasant. The summers are hot and unsuitable for exhaustive journeys.

What to See & Do at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Forest of teak, riverine forest and deciduous dry jungles that are inhabited by leopards, sloth bears, pangolins, barking deer and a number of birds and reptiles.

What to Bring or Not at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Bring a camera to capture beautiful memories at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. But keep in mind this is the area of wild animals so be safe.

How to Book Tickets for Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary? 

There are no tickets required to visit the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.