DEVALIA SAFARI PARK
( Gir Interpretation Zone )
Devaliya Safari Park also referred as Gir Interpretation Zone – Devalia, is a Nature reserve in Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Located 13 kms from Sasan, it comprises of 412 ha chain link fenced area carved out as a distinct eco-tourism zone which provides whole wildlife experience to tourists and reduces the overload of tourists from Gir National Park. It provides easy sighting of Asiatic lion and other wild animals of Gir, within a short time span and at cheaper charges.
Asiatic lions, Leopards, Blue Bull, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Black buck, Wild Boar, mongoose etc. The presence of Savana habitat and other flora is also another attraction of the area. Many rare birds including Peafowl and vultures are common in the Devalia.
Distance from Major city
Reaching Devalia Safari Park:
One can reach Devalia 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 nearly 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.
To explore Devalia Safari Park one has to get a permit first. Permits are generally issued from the tourist reception centre. These days however visitors can get their permits online from girlion.in and that saves them from the hassle of waiting in long queues for permits. Mainly 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.
There are limited permits per day. So, you need to get your permit as soon as the forest reception center opens in the morning
Accommodation & Stay:
There are lots of accommodation options at Sasan which is 13 KM from Devaliya Safari Park and can be considered as 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 you can opt for lots of lodge and resorts and the last option is Fern Resort if you want luxury stay. Thus, tourists to Devalia are not required to worry much regarding their accommodation during their park tour (except during festival seasons when every single room gets booked).
Every year we plan a photography trip at Develiya Safai Park during monsoon. Below are detailed blog articles on experience, sighting and photos of trip
Devalia Safari Park | Wildlife Trip 2017 2nd & 3rd September 2017 Lovely trip to last home of Asiatic Lion but leopard images made the trip more worth. [Note: All [...]
Devalia Safari Park | Wildlife Trip 2016 13th - 14th August 2016 One and a half day, 450+ KM, 3 cars and one of the most adventurous trip. Making life-time [...]