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India is matchless in the richness and diversity of wildlife. India's national parks, wild life sanctuaries and bird sanctuaries from Ladakh in Himalayas to Southern tip of Tamil Nadu, are outstanding. Wildlife sanctuaries in India magnetize people from all over the world as the rarest of rare species are found here. With 96 national parks and over 500 wildlife sanctuaries, the range and diversity of India's wildlife heritage is incomparable. Some of the important sanctuaries in India are:
Kerala Wildlife
Kerala is one of the popular wildlife destinations of India. Its serene backwaters and silvery beaches, Kerala attract thousands of tourists every year. Apart from these natural treasures, Kerala is also famous for its brilliant collection of diverse wildlife. The verdant tropical rain forests of this south-Indian state are paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and provide a golden opportunity to view some rare species. Some famous wildlife parks of Kerala are:
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar or Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Eravikulam National Park
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary :
Situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots can also be spotted here. A cruise along the Vembabad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Pathiramanal, an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary :
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located 40 kms from Thodupuzha town. Spread over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district, the sanctuary was formed in 1976. The Idukki arch dam, the first major hydroelectric project in Kerala, is situated here. The 33 scenic lake around the santruary - the Idukki reservoir - is formed by the three dams Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu. A picturesque lake, a majestic arch dam across two hills and roaming herds of elephants and gaur are sights that lure you to this enchanting canopy of tropical semi-evergreen and deciduous forests. The sanctuary has a large variety of flora and fauna. Among the mammals, Elephants, Bison, Sambhar, Deer, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, Tiger, Wild Boar etc reptiles such as Cobra, Viper, Krait and a large number of non- poisonous snakes can
be seen.Jungle Fowl, Myna, Laughing Thrush, Black Bulbul, Peafowl, Woodpecker, Kingfisher etc also inhabit the place in large numbers.
Periyar or Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary :
Periyar is a protected area, and a nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu. It lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The protected area covers an area of 925 km², out of which a 350 km² part of the core zone was made into the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, sometimes dubbed the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is often called by the name thekkady also. Thekkady is located four km from Kumily, approximately 100 km east of Kottayam, 110 km west of Madurai and 120 km southeast from Kochi. Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here; including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary :
Located in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, the sanctary occupies the forested region on either side of the Marayoor - Udumalped road. This is the second habitat of the endangered giant grizzled squirrel of india. The location of sanctuary offers the unique advantage of watching its fascinating wildlife at close quarters from the road without venturing deep into the jungle. The Marayoor sandal forest and the beautiful Thoovanam waterfalls are located here. The Funa includes 34 species of Mammals live here, including many Panthers and Spotted deer, Indian Elephants, Gaur, Tigers, Sambar Deer, Common langur, Bonnet Macaque, Hanuman monkey, threatened Nilgiri Tahr, vulnerable Rusty-spotted Cats and about 240 of the only vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrels in Kerala.
Eravikulam National Park :
This is one of the wettest regions of the world. Established In 1975 To Protect The Nilgiri Tahr, The Eravikulam Sanctuary Was Declared A National Park In 1978 Considering Its Ecological, Faunal, Floral, Geomorphological And Zoological Significance. The Park Is Breathtakingly Beautiful And Comparable To The Alpine Ranges. This Land Of The Neelakurinji Is 7 Km From The Rajamalai Hills.
Tamilnadu Wildlife
The geography of Tamil Nadu is pleasantly different and varied. There is about 2000 vertebrate species that are found in Tamil Nadu, South India. The protected areas of Tamil Nadu provide safe habitat for these species. Topography of this wonderful south-Indian state plays a key role in nourishing these unique flora and fauna. Of the 1, 30, 058 sq km land area, 18 percent is covered with lush green forests, which spreads over the plains and mountain slopes. Some celebrated wildlife parks of Tamil Nadu are :
Crocodile Bank
Kunthakulam Bird Sanctury
Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary
Viralimalai Sanctuary
Crocodile Bank :
It is situated 42-km from Chennai is a farm where several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity. This crocodile bank is on the way to Mahabalipuram and is run by Romulve Whittaker. About 5,000 species are kept in their natural surroundings in open pools. They can be viewed from a safe distance.
The Crocodile Bank occupies an area of 3.2 hectares and has been established with an aim to protect and conserve the endangered reptile s such as Crocodiles, Alligators, etc. Tourists in large numbers visit the crocodile bank to see a variety of reptiles, all in one place.
Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary :
Kunthakulam bird sanctuary is located 33-km south of Tirunelveli in Nanguneri taluk. Kunthakulam is a tiny and natural scenic village, which is covered with natural forests and ponds. During the season January to April every year more than 10 thousand birds from various countries like Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, USA, and Australia migrate here and when the season is over the birds return. Every day more than 5,000 people come here and enjoy. Ariyakulam, 13-km east of Tirunelveli has another bird sanctuary.
Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary :
Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is a 21.47-square-kilometre (8.29 sq mi) protected area in Tamil Nadu, South India. The sanctuary was created in 1967 for conservation of the near threatened Blackbuck Antelope, an rare widespread mammal species of India. It is famous for large congregations of water birds, especially Greater Flamingos. Sprawling on 17.26-sq-kms surrounded by sea and shore, comprising forests of tidal swamps, dry evergreen forests of mangroves, this coastal sanctuary also known as "Kodikkarai", is 90-km southeast of Thanjavur in a wetland which juts out into the Palk Strait separating India and Sri Lanka. It is noted for the vast flocks of migratory waterfowl, especially flamingos, which congregate here every winter.
The sanctuary is vast, mostly shrub-land, shaped by the violent monsoon winds and treated mercilessly by feral cattle, horses and the graceful buck. At present cultivation of lobster has been started as the number of birds is decreasing.
Point Calimere sanctuary is bestowed with population of varied wild life such as Chital, Wild boar, Bonnet macaque, Black Buck, Flamingos, Teals, Gulls, Terns, Plavers and Stilts. Special attractions are close encounters with Dolphins and Turtles, which often come quite close to the shore. Between November and January, the tidal mud flats and marshes are covered with Teals, Curlews, Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers, Shanks, Herons and up to 3000 Flamingoes at one time.
In the spring, a different set of birds - Koels, Mynas and Barbets are drawn here by the profusion of wild berries. From April to June there's very little activity; the main rainy season is between October and December.
Viralimalai Sanctuary :
Viralimalai is a small town situated at a distance of 30-kms from Tiruchirapalli and 40-kms from Pudukkottai. It is famous for its Murugan temple and the Peacock sanctuary. The town is bestowed with a large number of wild peacocks, which roam around the Murugan temple.
The sanctuary is one of the best places to watch peacocks. There are at least six species of peacock pheasants distributed throughout South East Asia, though the Palawan Peacock Pheasant or "Tandikan" (Polyplectron Emphanum) is by far the most spectacularly coloured of these beautiful birds.
Karnataka Wildlife
Being one of the erstwhile princely state of South India, Karnataka has no dearth of natural and artificial charms. Apart from its opulent palaces, forts, and exotic gardens, Karnataka is also famous for its lush forested areas. Stretches from the evergreen forests of Western ghats to the scrub jungle of the plains, Karnataka boasts five national parks an 21 wildlife sanctuaries of India, within its territory. Diverse collection of fauna that includes some rare mammals, amphibians, avi-faunal and aquatic species. Some celebrated wildlife parks of Karnataka are:
Bandipur National Park
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
Nagarhole National Park
Bannerghatta National Park
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bandipur National Park :
Bandipur National Park is one of India's best known protected areas and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in South India,The park stretches over 874 square kilometres, protecting the wildlife of Karnataka. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary , it forms the largest protected area in Southern India, totaling 2,183 km2 . It is notable as the home to around seventy Bengal tigers and over three thousand Indian elephants Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km²), including all of Bandipur National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Bandipur, lying in the shadow of the Western Ghats, is one of the finest habitats of the Asian elephant. Drained by the Moyar River, its open forest makes it easy for visitors to see the elephant and gaur in natural surroundings. A dam on the Kabini and its picturesque reservoir separate the two parks. In the dense moist deciduous forests of this area the upper canopy reaches heights of 30m and valuable hardwoods like teak and rosewood are also to be found here. The 874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park, which is also a Tiger Reserve, with its open grassy woodland, lies to the south of the Kabini River while Nagarhole, 643.39 so. km. in area, to the north of the river, has taller and denser forests.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary :
Travel Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of some exotic species of animals. The sanctuary is home to numerous fauna species such as elephants, rare black panthers, tigers, wild pigs, sloth bears, barking deer, mongoose, Malabar Giant Squirrel and many more.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary provides shelter to several avian species like Malabar Pies Hornbill, Barbet, Peregrine Falcon, Great Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, Grey Jungle Fowl, Black Drongo, Greater Falmeback, Spangled Drongo, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, House Crow and many more.The forest of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of deciduous and evergreen trees including teak and bamboo plantations. There are some fruit bearing trees which provides food to numerous bird species. The forest also has some medicinal plants which are used to cure body ailments.
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary :
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is also known as Paksi Kashi of Karnataka . It is a Bird Sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is a very small sanctuary, being only 67 km². in area, and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. Ranganthittu is located three kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna and 16 kilometres north of Mysore.
Riverine reed beds cover the banks of the islands, while the islands themselves are covered in broadleaf forests, with dominant species being Terminalia arjun (Arjun tree), bamboo groves, and Pandanus trees. Eucalyptus and Acacia trees have also been planted, which might lead to long-term eradication of native species. The endemic and threatened lily Iphigenia mysorensis
of the family Colchicaceae grows in the sanctuary. The islands are host to numerous small mammals, including Bonnet Macaque, colonies of Flying Fox and common small mammals like Common Palm Civet and Indian Gray Mongoose and the monitor lizard.
The Mugger Crocodile or Marsh Crocodile is a common inhabitant of the riverine reed beds. Breeding water birds include Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher and other common birds like egrets, cormorants, Oriental Darter, and herons. The Great Stone Plover, and River Tern also nest here. The park is home to a large flock of Streak-throated Swallows.
Nagarhole National Park :
Nagarahole is derived from the combination of two Kannada words-'nagar' meaning snake and 'hole' meaning streams and true to its name a number of streams snake through its rich tropical forests.
Once an elite hunting preserve of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore, the terrain of this Park is gently undulating with lush green vegetation, swamps and numerous water resources, rendering it an ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Nagarahole is situated in the picturesque districts of Kodagu and Mysore in southern Karnataka. The Nagarahole National Park was first set up in 1955. In 1975 its area was increased to include a greater expanse of forest reserve. The forest is home to animals like the four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin.
Cobras, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers, and several species of lizards are also found here. Among the 250 bird species found here, the prominent ones are the common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie.Nagarhole is worth visiting at the height of the dry season, when wild animals can be spotted in large numbers near sources of water.
Bannerghatta National Park :
Bannerghatta National Park is retreat to wide range of animal species. Wildlife lovers can spot fauna species like lion, leopard, bison, elephants, sambar, spotted bear, chital, barking deer, bonnet macaque, porcupine, common langur, hare, sloth bear, monitor lizards and many more. Snakes like cobras, Russell vipers, kraits and pythons can also be seen crawling on flat surfaces and branches of trees.
Bannerghatta National Park is home to rich avian population including white ibis, cormorants, grey heron, green heron, paradise flycatchers, common grey hornbill, tickell's blue flycatcher, spotted owlet, white bellied, mottled wood owl, collared scop's owl, brown fish owl and Eurasian eagle owl. Bannerghatta National Park consists of various varieties of flora species. It is mostly covered with moist covered with moist deciduous forest and other trees like sandal, Anogeissus latifolia, Grewn tilaefolia, Terminalia, neem, Shorea talura, tamarind, jalari, Santalum album, Emblica officinalis, Eucalyptus, Bauhinia purpurea, bamboos and many more.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary :
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 38 km. northwest of Chikmagalur town in Karnataka state. The sanctuary is surrounded by Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Bababudangiri hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. The western border of the sanctuary abuts the back waters of the Bhadra Reservoir which has a catchment area of 1,968 km², surrounded by scenic hills and steep slopes.
Jagara village is located very near to the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary. Bhadra national park has a wide range of flora and fauna. This is an amazing place for the day outing. Kallahathigiri is the highest peak in the sanctuary, which stands at a height of around 1875 meters.A diverse range of wildlife is found in the sanctuary like bison (Gaur), Elephants,Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Chital spotted deer, Boar, Porcupine, Muntjac, birds like the Peacock, Parrot, Partridge, Pigeon, Munia and Bee eaters, and reptiles such as King Cobras and Indian Rock Pythons.
Flora: Teak, rosewood, mathi, honne, nandi, tadasalu and kindal, medicinal plants, bamboo. .
Fauna: Tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, sloth bear, sambar, and spotted dear, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boar, common langur, bonnet macaque, slender loris and the malabar giant squirrel.
Some of the reptiles commonly sighted in this park are common vine snake, king cobra, common cobra, Russell's viper, bamboo pit viper, rat snake, olive keelback , common wolf snake , common Indian monitor, draco or gliding lizards and marsh crocodiles.
Andhra Pradesh Wildlife
Popularly famous as ‘Kohinoor of India’, Andhra Pradesh is a state of immense natural beauty. Bounded by Bay of Bengal from east and Maharashtra, Chattisgrah, Orisssa, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka from various other directions, Andhra Pradesh is bestowed with varied range of plant and wildlife. The moist deciduous eastern ghat forests, dry deciduous forests of Nallamalais, the mangrove belt and the green coastal area provides shelter to some of the rare animals and birds species. Some celebrated wildlife parks of Andhra Pradesh are:
Indira Gandhi Zoological park
Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary
Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary
Alisagar Deer Park
Indira Gandhi Zoological park :
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. This Zoological Park is named after The Former Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It was declared open to the public on 19 May 1977. It covers an area of 625 acres . It is situated in Visakhapatnam amidst the scenic Eastern Ghats of India. It is surrounded by Eastern Ghats on 3 sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about eight hundred are present in the zoo. The Zoo Park has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds caged in their natural ambiance.
The Zoo Park is about four kilometres from the Visakhapatnam railway station on the National Highway 5 (India) near Mathurawada.
It is open to public on all days of the week except Monday. On the wildlife
Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary :
The Manjira Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is one of the mainly popular of the sanctuaries in the state because of being the habitat of a large number of resident as well as migratory birds. It is located near the Sangareddy in the district of Medak in Andhra Pradesh, along the river Manjira.
There are nine mall islands which together form this small sanctuary between the Manjira and Singur barrages. The months between October and July are the best for visiting this sanctuary. To reach the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary, Hyderabad will be the nearest railhead. To travel by road, it is at a distance of 29 km from Mecharia, which is the nearest town to the sanctuary, 50 km from Hyderabad. There are regular bus services that connect Medak with cities like Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar.
There are diverse species of animals that are found in the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary, ranging from fishes, birds and other reptiles. The fishes here include are Catla, Rahu, Murrel, Karugu and Chidwa. Of the wide array of birds found in the sanctuary, the most common ones are Herons, Teals, Cormorants, Pochards, Black and White Ibises, Spoon Bills and Open Billed Storks and Painted Storks. There are also a number of reptiles that one can se at the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary. These reptiles include Monitor Lizards, Fresh water Turtles, Cobra and marsh Crocodiles. The invertebrate species found at the Manjira Wildlife & Bird sanctuary include Prawns, Mollusis and Zoo planktons. The visitors can go around the sanctuary in boats, especially for bird watching. One also gets to carry binoculars and books for identification of the birds. There are special films on the wildlife there shown to tourists everyday on a 16 mm projector. The Manjira Wildlife & Birds sanctuary also has an Environmental Education Centre which houses a library, a museum as well as an auditorium.
Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary :
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. The sanctuary is a part of Godavari river. A unique feature of this sanctuary is that it is located on the back waters of the sea. The sanctuary has a rich growth of mangroves.
Animals such as otters, fishing cats, jackals, sea turtles and estuarine crocodiles are found in the creeks. Birds such as snipes, ducks, sea gulls and flamingos are common.
Alisagar Deer Park :
The Alisagar Deer Park is located in the district of Nizamabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Alisagar Deer Park was set up by the Nizam of the state in the year 1931. The Alisagar Deer Park is the owner of beautiful flower gardens and good-looking hillocks. The deer park has a lake inside it, which is enclosed by picturesque beauty.
The Alisagar Deer Park in Andhra Pradesh has many species of deer. The various species of deer are different in their appearances as well as characteristics, and also have different habits.
Regular buses can be availed from Nizamabad to the Alisagar Deer Park. The city of Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh is well connected by road with the city of Hyderabad at a distance of 163 kilometers. The airport and the railway station is also located in Hyderabad at a distance of 163 kilometers.