Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary, comprising Greater Rann and Little Rann is one of the most stunning landscapes in the country of India. The milky white sand desert hosts the annual Rann Utsav in the winter months. An event that truly immerses you in the cultural and traditional essence of the place. This huge area of salt marshes is not only preoccupied with white sand but has broken pockets of forests that give rise to the Wildlife Sanctuary. Myriad different kinds of mammals and birds frolic in this unique landscape and become worthy eye candy for tons of travellers.
Good To Know
Wildlife Sighting Index
9/10 for Raptors sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
9/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
8/10 Stay & Amenities
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Flora of Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
Gujrat is a land of colours, from the vibrancy of Garba and Dandiya to the calming white plains of Rann of Kutch. You’d expect a desert to be less exciting and mundane, but Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary is going to surprise you. From the rare panoramic views to the shrubbery, everything here is worth seeing at least once in your life. The sanctuary sees a lot of seawater, thus its salty marshes, however, such habitat is perfect for the wildlife thriving here. The sanctuary boasts irregular grassland called baits which is the major vegetation in the area. The ground is surprisingly blanketed with trees, grass and prairie that colour the forest emerald. Especially after the monsoon season, the grassland all but comes alive with tall grasses, rich green hues, plants, singing birds and resident animals lazing around.
- Apluda aristata
Fauna of Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
The desert is home to quite a few species of mammals that have adapted to the salty marshes and wetlands of the area. Large herbivores like Indian Wild Ass, chinkara and even the threatened species of nilgai and Blackbuck can be found here. Once, the Indian Wild Ass was dotted thought-out the forests in the country but now this species is mostly confined to the Rann of Kutch.
The best and least expected surprise of this vacation destination is the splendid list of birds found in the area. One can hardly picture birds flying in a desert, however, this green Wildlife Sanctuary amidst a desert has almost 200 species of titillating bird species, even some of the threatened species of lesser florican and houbara bustard.
- demoiselle crane
- lesser flamingo
- Indian wild ass
- large predators wolf
- striped hyena
- desert wildcat
Explore The Known and Unknown of Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
The perfect vacation at Rann of Kutch would include a Jeep Safari to explore the area. The Jeeps are fast-paced but safe and you will have a great view of the enormous lands, fields, plains, salt marshes, animals and much more while on this cruise. If you’re part of a bigger group, you can even opt for a slower minibus safari. A haven for birdwatchers, the long list of enticing birds found here comes with the option to photograph them too. There are specialised masked boat tours for bird enthusiasts, wildlife photographers and even those who enjoy the experience to explore the bird settling about the wetlands and marshes and spending quality time with the fauna here. There are also other sessions jam-packed with fun like various trekking trails, camel and horse safaris and even a staycation with the local gipsy tribes of Rabari and Bharwad. Visitors who wish to truly immerse themselves in the pleasure of this Wildlife Sanctuary can also arrange for camps at the baits.
Nearby there is the lake of Nawa Talao, a beautiful scenic lake perfect for bird watchers and those who enjoy the beauty. There are also several birding destinations near Dasada village close by along with several other lakes. Other lakes include the Lake of Dasada, Lake of Viramgam, wetlands near Patdi fort and reservoirs in the district of Surendranagar. While in Gujrat, you can also visit some of the local villagers and markets. You can visit some exotic attractions in the area like the mysterious hills of Kalo Dungar or the majestic architecture of Narayan Sarovar or even the amazing birding destination of Chhari Dhand Wetland Reserve. Excursions to the traditional Saurashtra villages will show you the joys of weaving, dyeing and pottery making. You can buy some of the beautiful traditional fabric of Gujrat for yourself or your friends! A perfect gift.
Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary Safari Booking
Jeep Safari Timings:
Morning: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Evening: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Camel Safari Timings:
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (daily)
Camel rides in the Mudflats of the Little Rann of Kutch. The tour guide will be accompanying the tourists.
Horseback Safari Timings:
Morning: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Evening: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
How to reach Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
The Great and Little Rann of Kutch are separated geographically and you can plan your visit to reach either one or both of them separately. They are both well connected to surrounding cities and transport is an easy affair.
Little Rann of Kutch: Ahmedabad Airport is at a distance of 110 km from Little Rann of Kutch and is well connected to all major Indian and international cities. The nearest railway station is Viramgam, at a distance of 45 km from here. If you want to make a road trip to Rann of Kutch then from Bhuj the distance is 268 km and 175 km from Rajkot.
Greater Rann of Kutch: Ahmedabad is 335 kilometres from Bhuj. Greater Rann of Kutch is about 85 kilometres from Bhuj.
Bhuj is the closest air and rail node to Rann of Kutch, at 85 kilometres. The Rudra Mata airport at Bhuj is a small but busy node that connects Mumbai to Bhuj. You can take a bus or car ride to Bhuj also. Once you’ve reached Bhuj, you can hail a cab or taxi to reach your destination.
Resorts at Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
Resorts at Kutch are plentiful and numerous. Tourists can choose from some amazing resorts built like palaces with modern amenities and great luxury. However, most hotels are not close to the Rann of Kutch and travellers have to stay in a nearby city like Bhuj. Still, some options of stay are present in Kutch as well and you can choose your place of stay according to amenities and location accordingly.
The Fern Royal Farm Resort, a 88 room resort, offers a finely designed multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool, a lawn and state-of-art banquet halls and Rann HomeStay Resort which offers a Bhunga stay unique to Kutch culture are two top-quality options for stay in Kutch. Other options include Toran Hotel Narayan Sarovar, Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi and Mahefeel E Rann Resort.