Little Rann of Kutch
A vast expanse of around 5000 sq km of arid and muddy salt-flats, inland from the Gulf of Kutch lies the Little Rann of Kutch – part of a geographical landscape which over 66 million years ago was a part of the Arabian Sea.
There are around 300 bird species recorded here, 42 species of mammals including the endemic Indian Wild Ass which can be found in the area of Dasada. The Little Rann of Kutch gets its name as it is a southern extension of the larger salt marsh which is the Greater Rann of Kutch, however, the protected areas of the Little Rann of Kutch are ecological hotspots and extremely fruitful for bird watching in India..
Best Time to Go
November – February
20°C – 35°C
About Little Rann of Kutch
The Little Rann of Kutch until many centuries ago had large tracts of estuarine saline water, however over time through excessive silting by its seasonal rivers caused as a result of tectonic movements, it now lies as a semi-barren and unique ecological landscape which floods briefly during the monsoons and transforms itself into a marshland in which the resident and migratory bird species revel.
A birding tour in Little Rann of Kutch, combined with a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park is sure to leave you spellbound. It will encompass a majority of Indian Wildlife like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Common Crane, Indian Wild Ass, Indian Gazelle, Desert Fox, Blue Bull, Indian Grey Wolf, and a lot more.
Altitude: 181m above mean sea level
Vegetation: Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest
Water Resources: Gambhir River, Banganga River
Total Area: 28.73 sq. km
Coordinates: 27.166667°N to 77.516667°E
Temperature: 20 –s30 degree Celsius
Little Rann of Kutch Safaris
Popular Fauna at Little Rann of Kutch
The Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), also called the Ghudkhur, Khur or Indian onager in the local Gujarati language, is a subspecies of the onager native to Southern Asia. It is currently listed as Near Threatened by IUCN.
Indian gazelles, Gazella bennettii, are primarily found in the northwestern region of India in the state of Rajasthan. Their distribution extends from south of the Krishia River, as far east as central India, and into the north-central region of Iran.
The white-footed fox, also known as the desert fox, is a small, Asiatic subspecies of red fox. It is mostly found on sand-hills or in the broad sandy beds of semi-dry rivers, and only very rarely in fields, and then in the vicinity of sandy tracts.
Safaris at Little Rann of Kutch
A jeep safari is the best way to explore the enormous salty desert of Little Rann of Kutch. It usually lasts three hours and the sections of the sanctuary visited depends on the interests of patrons. Birdwatchers opt for the marshlands but those who want to see mammals opt for the dry desert. To meet locals, the safaris head to the salt pans. The marshlands and Nava Talao (lake) are crowded with water birds. Flamingos and demoiselle cranes can usually be spotted in hundreds at some water bodies. The Indian wild ass and white-footed fox can be sighted on vast areas of golden ground.
Look out for the rare hoopoe lark, which has brown plumage that allows it to camouflage itself perfectly in the ground. Since there are no trees or shrubs to act as a buffer between the vehicles and the wildlife, it is not possible to get too close to the animals. Though visitors are allowed to drive their own vehicles into the sanctuary, this is not recommended. There are no roads or landmarks in this vast and desolate area so it is easy to get lost.
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