The snake park in Katraj is situated close to
Pune city in India, the park is a lovely place for tourists and happens to be
the most frequented tourist site located inside the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo.
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoo is managed by the Municipal
Corporation in Pune. It is a popular zoo with an area that spans well over 130
acres. The Rajiv zoo is broken down into three further parts: the Katraj Snake
Park which happens to be the most popular amongst the other parts, a central
zoo and an animal orphanage.
Yearly, thousands of people find their way to the
zoo due to the variety of wildlife it offers that will leave you perplexed and
wanting to come back. The Katraj Snake Park is Home to several species of
wildlife such as: turtles, reptiles, snakes and different type of birds.
The Katraj Snake Park houses over 10 species of
reptiles and about 22 different species of snakes, the park is an exciting
place to be if you don’t have plans of parting with much money to have fun. The
total number of animals in the park is said to be about 150; including the
snakes, reptiles and birds.
One of the most interesting sight to behold in
the zoo is a king cobra with a length of 3.962 metres. Mr Kumar Khaire Neelam, sometime
ago in the year 1986 as the first park director had built the Katraj Snake Park
with some level of help from the Pune Municipal Corporation. The snake park was
created on a piece of land which is today the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park.
Ever since it was built, the park has seen thousands of tourists yearly.
Katraj Snake Park hosts a number of programs to
help people overcome ophidiophobia and herpetophobia, the park also create
awareness to abolish any myth associated with snakes. When it’s time for Nag
Panchami, Katraj Snake Park will often create awareness to stop the abusive
ways snakes are being treated. Some of the snakes you’ll find at the zoo are;
pythons, cobras and Russell’s vipers. Anytime you hear “Katraj Snake
Park” a rush of excitement comes over you and the feeling keeps reminding
you of the tour to the snake park. Perhaps this is why you should make paying a
visit to the park an important date.
Extra Information About Katraj Snake Park; The
Sometime ago in 1953, the Peshwe Park was created
by the Pune Municipal Corporation. The park was created where Peshwe Madhavrao
once kept a personal collections of wild animals in the year 1770. The location
of the personal wildlife collection was in the city’s heart downwards the
Parvati Hill. It showcased various animals in a traditional styled cage. With
assistance given by the Pune Municipal Corporation, in the year 1996, Mr Kumar
Khaire Neelam was able to create the Katraj Snake Park. Unknown to him at that
time that the land would later turn out to become the popular Rajiv Gandhi
Zoological Park. Mr Neelam after sometime became the first ever park director.
He made the park grow immensely overtime. There was Need to make the Katraj
Snake Park to become Rajiv Gandhi Park
and Wildlife Research Centre and this was done in 1997. The change was done in
strict accordance of the Central Zoo Authority of India, hence the animals that
were located in the Peshwe Park were brought to the new Rajiv Gandhi Park and
Wildlife Research Centre.
In the year 1999, the zoo was opened to the
public and had just sambars, monkeys, Reptile Park and spotted deer
Moving the animals was not a walk in the park, it
was a task that took time and lots of resources as the process didn’t stop
until later in the year 2005. After all movements had been concluded, the
Peshwe Park was closed.
Types of Animals Found in the Park
There are lots of animals found in the park, lime
different types of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. Ciphers, Indian
crocodiles, Indian rock python, Indian star tortoise and different snakes:
these are the animals that can be seen in the Katraj Snake Park. The park
houses more than twenty two different types of snakes as well as over 10
different types of reptiles. In all, the total number of animals are a total of
150. The park celebrities are a 2.743 metres long king cobra which was gotten
from the Sunderbans mangrove, uncommon species of turtles and birds and a Brown
What to Take Note of When Visiting Katraj Snake
Apart from enjoying the views of the different
snakes in the zoo, the zoo offers some other exciting adventures like;
* There’s a beautiful lake which you can enjoy a
boat ride with loved ones.
* There is also a library which provides more
than enough information about not just the snakes in the zoo but all kinds of
* Asides the snakes available for tourism, there
are some other animals you can find at the zoo. Animals like barking deer,
leopard, several type of wild cats, black bucks, white tiger, the famous Indian
tortoise, crocodiles, birds, mammals, Sambhars, sloth, etc. Anytime you decide
to visit, there’s always an activity for kids, adults and just about any body.
Different Events that holds at Katraj Snake Park
In line with snakes and other reptiles
conservation, the snake park often holds various types of festivals and
different awareness programs for snakes. These festivals for snakes and
reptiles are held consistently to educate the general public about snakes and
reptiles, it is done to abolish any harmful superstitions relating to snakes
and help people overcome their fear of reptiles.
When it is time for Nag Panchami, the park will
embark on a snake awareness sensitization that will enlighten the public on the
negative ways snakes are treated.
Entry Fee and Visiting Time at the Katraj Snake
The only time the park is not accessible is on
Wednesdays, other days the park is always opened for the public.
The entry fee into the park is as follows;
Children – INR 2 (admits one person only)
Adults – INR 3 (admits one person only).
The Katraj Snake Park is open from 10:30 in the
morning and closes at 6:00 in the evening. You are allowed to bring a camera to
snap beautiful pictures and save the memories.
Useful Information to Note When Visiting The
Katraj Snake Park
1. Feeding of animals is highly frowned upon and
is a punishable offence.
2. Make sure you have a tour guide with you
always as moving alone can be dangerous.
3. Don’t tease or taunt the animals
4. Plastics within the zoo are contrabands.
5. If you plan on visiting during the weekend
then you have to plan the trip very well because weekends are filled with lots
6. Obey all rules and regulations.
to Get to Katraj Snake Park
Situated at the outskirts of the city is the
Katraj Snake Park. It is located close to the Bharati Vidyapeeth University.
There are rickshaws on ground at swargate that you can hire to take you to the
snake park. The snake park is about 4.9 miles from Pune and has a Katraj Bus
station closely. Alternatively, you can pick a City bus ride from swargate bus
station which is available at a ten Minutes interval. Last alternative is to
drive there or hire a cab to take you there.