Devalia Safari Park
( Gir Interpretation Zone )
Devalia Safari Park is also known as Gir Interpretation Zone – Devalia, is a nature reserve in Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Devalia park is at 13 km distance from Sasan. It comprises 412 ha chain link fenced area, carved out as a distinct eco-tourism zone. It provides whole wildlife experience to tourists and reduces tourist overload from Gir National Park. Sighting of Asiatic lion and other wild animals of Gir are easy, within a short time span and at cheaper charges.
Along with mammals, many rare birds including Peafowl and vultures are common in the Devalia. The presence of Savana habitat and other flora is also another attraction of the area
Reaching Devalia Safari Park:
One can reach Devaliya Safari Park by the following routes:
By Air: Person can come via flight up to Rajkot or Ahmedabad and then take a cab to reach Sasan and Devalia Park.
By Rail: Can reach up-to Junagadh by Rail through Rajkot or Ahmedabad and then travel by road for about 55kms to reach Devalia Park. Or can come via local trains from Junagadh to Sasan Gir village (though not preferred unless you have ample free time)
By Road: Devalia Park is about 56kms from the Junagadh city and 13km from Sasan. Buses and cabs to Junagadh or Sasan Gir are available from all major cities of Gujarat.
Auto rickshaw/taxi round trip to Devalia from Sasan Gir village costs around Rs. 150/350.
Distance from Major city:
- Ahmedabad to Devalia Park: 375 KM
- Rajkot to Devalia Park: 160 KM
- Junagadh to Devalia Park: 48 KM
- Somnath to Devalia Park: 43 KM
To explore Devaliya Safari Park one has to get a permit first. Permits are generally issued from the tourist reception centre. These days yet visitors can get their permits online from girlion.in and that saves them from the hassle of waiting in long queues for permits. During festival days of Janmashtami and Diwali. By availing the services of the online Gir Permit booking system, one can book the permits quite in advance. But it needs to be borne in mind that permits done online are non-refundable in nature.
Permits are limited per day. So, you need to get your permit as soon as the forest reception centre opens in the morning
Safari Park Charges / Entry fees:
Monday – Friday
– Indian: INR 150 Per head
– Non-Indian: INR 2400 per person
Saturday – Sunday & Festival days
– Indian: INR 190 Per head
– Non-Indian: INR 3000 per person
– Morning Time: 8AM to 11AM
– Evening Time: 3PM to 5PM
Note: Though Devalia Park remains open for tourists throughout the year, it remains closed on every Wednesday.
Best Time to Visit Devalia Park:
The ideal time to visit Devalia is between December and March. But the green lavish feel of nature during August-September is worth giving a try. Which can be a memorable experience.
When the weather is too hot; i.e. around April and May, it is advisable to avoid due to the blazing sun and scorching heat.
Accommodation & Stay:
Lots of accommodation options are available at Sasan, which is 13 KM from Devaliya Safari Park. And it’s the base of Gir National Park. Accommodation options range from budget to medium range and even luxurious 5star hotel. For budget options, you can check guest house opposite to Sinh Sadan (reception of National Park Safari) at Sasan. For the medium range budget, you can opt for lots of lodge and resorts and the last option is Fern Resort if you want luxury stay. Thus, there is not much to worry about accommodations. Except during festival seasons when every single room gets booked.
Every year we plan a photography trip at Develiya Safari Park during monsoon.
Blog articles on experience, sighting and photos of the trip: