About the location: Twelve kilometres west of Sasan Gir village at Devalia, within the sanctuary precincts, is the Gir Interpretation Zone, better known as simply Devalia. The 4.12-sq-km fenced-off compound is home to a cross-section of Gir wildlife. Chances of seeing lions and leopards here are guaranteed, with 45-minute bus tours departing along the trails hourly. You may also see foxes, mongoose and blackbuck – the latter being lion fodder.
Brief History: To reduce the tourist pressure on Gir National Park and to cater to tourists who are unable to get safari permits because of the crowds, the eco-tourism department of Gujarat created a distinct area known as the ‘Gir Interpretation Zone’, or the Devalia Safari Park.
By Road Sasan Gir is 45KMs from Veraval and 60KMs from Junagadh.
By Train Junagadh (60 km) and Veraval (45 km) are the best railway connections.
By Air Porbandar airport is 180KMs and Rajkot airport is 160KMs away.