Now referred to as Jawai Bandh Community Reserve, Bera is a quaint village nestled in the belly of Rajasthan, India. The town is a mirror of classic Rajasthani beauty characterised by Aravalli hills and shrubland greenery like cactus and keekar. The location is rapidly gaining traction amongst wildlife enthusiasts because of frequent leopard sightings. Hummocks with serene caves along with the Jawai river and dam create a perfect habitat for leopards to launch around and thrive. So don’t waste this perfect opportunity to spot some elusive big cats in this picture perfect town and plan a weekend getaway now!
Good To Know
Udaipur Airport/ Jodhpur Airport
Wildlife Sighting Index
9/10 for Leopard sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
9/10 for Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
8/10 for Stay & Amenities
60 Days in advance
30 Days in advance
History of Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
Jawai Hills is a striking place located in Pali district of Rajasthan, shaped by lava millions of years ago and now the natural caves and rock shelters of Jawai Hills are home to leopards and Indian striped hyena. Bera comes under the Jawai region and is a village where local tribes reside. Astonishingly, there is no animal man conflict in Jawai, as most local tribes have the mythological belief that the animals have been bestowed by the Goddess herself. Moreover, leopard safari tourism contributes to the villagers’ daily livelihood. Historically, it is believed that leopards in this area weren’t always here but migrated from the surrounding Kumbhalgarh National Park around 40 years ago.
Flora of Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
Jawai is truly a local gem in terms of its flora and fauna. Despite being a considerably lesser celebrated wildlife spot for travellers to enjoy, there are many exciting attributes of this grassland to discuss. This transforming beauty showcases surprising landscapes from season to season. From dry and dusty summers to endless granite hills dipped in lush green during the monsoon followed by blossoming acacias and a ground carpeted with spear grass and arrowhead in springtime. Quite a few flowering trees can be found here that depend on animals and human travellers for seed dispersal.
Some novel plantations include Euphorbia Caducifolia, a many-stemmed, cactus-like, shrub that is truly iconic to the Jawai landscape.Another is the bright yellow flowered Senna Auriculata that can be spotted from miles away due to its happy color. The Ber (Ziziphus Ziziphus) is also a much favoured berry like snack that we feast on when out on our explorations as well as the Kher (Caparis Decidua) which belongs to the family of capers.
- spear grass
- Celosia Argentea
- Capparis Decidua
- Boswellia Serrata
- Commphora Wightii
- Sterculia Urens
- Balanites Roxburghii
Fauna of Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
The dry deciduous forest boasts some surprising flora but that’s not all, the grasslands are also known for quite a spectacular list of wildlife as well. Leopards are the main source of attraction amongst tourists which is not surprising because the leopards of Jawai like Cleopatra, Naina, Data and Nag Vasi are famous amongst wildlife enthusiasts around the world. Simultaneously, other mammals like Blue Bull, hyenas, jackals and jungle cats are also spotted at Jawai. Owing to the water bodies almost 100 avifauna can also be found here along with crocodiles, reptiles and much more.
- Indian Eagle owls
- bulbul, Spotted owl
- black winged stilt
- Red naped Ibis
- spotbill duck
- knob-billed duck
- common eastern crane
- sarus cranes
- bar-headed geese
- Desert Cat
- Indian Wolf
- Sloth Bear
- Jungle Cat
- Striped Hyena
- Blue Bulls
- Indian Leopard
- Caracal (Rare sight)
Explore The Known and Unknown of Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
As a famed leopard reserve, one of the best activities you can do at Jawai is certainly the Jeep Safari. Reservations can be made at the online sites and timings can be opted according to the tourists’ convenience. Cruising in the 4×4 jeeps amongst the scenic Aravalli hills can be quite a sport. The chances of leopard sightings at Jawai, especially in the months September to June are ridiculously high and most tourists go home satisfied with dozens of pictures of relaxing leopards in their cameras. Most Safaris offer jeep rides through the forest but at Jawai you will be thrilled to know that Birdlife Safari is also available! Conducted in daytime and open for booking in the winter season, bird lovers will be delighted to explore the stunning views of migratory and resident birds like flamingos, shikra, ruddy shelduck, owlets and more! Once your heart is full with leopards and birds, you can also brace yourself for an exciting Jungle Safari where you can spot other mammals and truly connect with the myriad of creatures breathing in the natural woodland. Jungle Safaris are usually carried out during late night or early morning – adding to the thrill of adventure – so in order to go on one you must have arranged accommodations to spend the night accordingly.
The wonders of Jawai do not end here as the banks of Jawai dam and river are also home to the only crocodile sanctuary/sighting destination in all of Rajasthan. With around 300 crocodiles present, tourists can enjoy some crocodile watching during noon times when the said creatures come out of water to bask in the sun. The Jawai dam itself is also a popular tourist attraction point for visitors as it’s one of the biggest water reservoirs in western Rajasthan measuring 62 feet in depth with 13 channel gates. The catchment area provides tempting scenery of sunsets and attracts dozens of visitors everyday. Moreover, the beautiful views of flowing water and a pleasant environment makes the dam perfect for a lazy picnic spot. For tourists visiting Jawai in winters, Bera village safari is also an enjoyable option for outdoor activities. Here, you’ll travel in open vehicles and visit Rajasthani villages to see their unique and vibrant culture, clothes, cuisine and markets.
At about 90 km distance from Jawai stands the famed Kumbhalgarh Fort. The fort is a world heritage site and celebrated worldwide for its architecture and history. You must definitely take some free time out to feast your eyes on the second largest wall in the world after The Great Wall Of China.
Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary Safari Booking
Jawai Leopard Safari timings are as follows.
Morning: 06:00 AM To 08:30 AM
Evening: 04:00 PM To 07:00 PM
Jawai Bird Watching timings are as follows:
Morning: 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM
Jawai Jungle Safari timings are as follows:
Morning: 05:30 AM To 9:00 PM
How to reach Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
Travelling to Jawai is an easy affair and visitors can choose any type of commute preferred by them. Udaipur is the nearest airport to Jawai at a distance of 150 kms for those willing to fly to Jawai. Other airports with a close proximity to Jawai are Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Ahmedabad. From there, cabs can be hailed till Jawai. For a rail ride, Mori Bera is the closest railway station from Jawai at a distance of 4kms. Jawai has connectivity from all the major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad and many more. For those travelling by the road, there is good news that Jawai has good road connectivity from almost all the major cities of Rajasthan. National Highways 27, 58, and 62 are very well connected to Jawai and to many other destinations across Rajasthan.
Resorts at Jawai Bera Leopard Sanctuary
As a destination newly rising in popularity, Bera doesn’t have as many accomodations available as some other reserve forests but the resorts available are guaranteed to provide you with a relaxing, luxurious and pampering experience. Some options include Varawal Leopard Camp, Castle Bera, Leopard’s Lair and Bagheera Camp. What’s notable however is that the leopard safari trips and rural tours in Jawai are organised along with the stay at the lodge of your choosing.