Sri Venkateshwara National Park & Sanctuary, Tirupati: Established in the year 1989, Sri Venkateshwara National Park extends over two districts, Chittoor and Cuddapah. It is located at a distance of 10kms from Tirupati and covers an area of 506 sq. kilometres. Famous for its wildlife, flora and fauna, this National Park is surrounded by Seshachalam and Tirumala Hills.
Adorned with greenery of natural vegetation, the gorge, steep slopes, beautiful valleys and plateaus, this park makes an adventurous place to visit. The natural waterfalls like Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana adds to the beauty of this National Park.It has dry deciduous mixed type of forest with patches of moist deciduous forest. This makes it a place with 1500 plant species belonging to 176 families. Some of the most found trees are Sandalwood, Red sanders, Shorea, Thunbergiana, Shorea talura, Cycas beddomei and many other rare species. It does not leave behind the animal species as well, for, you can find famous and endangered species of them. The rare slender Lorises and golden Gecko, the Indian Giant Squirrel, flying lizards, Tree Shrew, Nilgai, Wild boar, leopards and hyena are some of them spotted very often.
There are more than hundred species of birds including Crested Serpent Eagle, Ashy Crowned Finch Lark, Indian roller, White bellied woodpecker, Kingfishers and many more. For nature lovers, this park is one of the best places to visit in Chittoor.