Papikonda wildlife sanctuary is located in three districts - Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari. It is 50-km from Rajahmundry and extends over 591-sq-km. It lies on the left and right banks of the river Godavari and cuts through the Papikonda hill range of Eastern Ghats.
Varied and multifarious streams emanating from covers of the hill make the Papikonda forest vegetation luxuriant. All these constitute to make the area into a typical ecological, facinal and geomorphological zone.
The different species of flora found here are Tectona Grandis, Terminalia, Tomentosa, Lagerstroemia Lanceolata, Latifolia, AlbiziaAmara, AlbiziaLebbeck. Dendrocalamus Strictus Bambusa Arundinacea.
The habitat is suited for Tigers, Gaurs, Panther and other animals like Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Sambar, Hyena, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Muggers. The presence of Gharials was also reported. A variety of both resident and migratory birds are found along river Godavari and its tributaries.