National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is famous not only for its festivals but also for national parks. It houses a variety of flora and fauna. Animals like fishes, crocodiles and other aquatic species are found in abundance in Tamil Nadu.

wildlife sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu

Here is everything you need to know about the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu.

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Madumalai Sanctuary:

Madumalai Sanctuary

  • Madumalai Sanctuary is located 1140 meters from the junction of Kerala, Tamil Nadu. First of its kind to be set up in India and forms a part of Jawaharlal Nehru National Park.
  • The sanctuary is spread across 321 Sq Km. Tropical Evergreen Forest, Dense Forest, Moist Teak Forest, Dry Teak Forest and secondary Grassland Swamps are found in this sanctuary.
  • You can easily find Elephant, Gaur, Mouse deer, Sloth bear, Spotted Deer, Blackbuck, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Four-horned Antelope, Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Wild Boar, Porcupine, and so on here.

Vallanadu Sanctuary:

Vallanadu Sanctuary:

  • Vallanadu sanctuary is 35 km from Thoothukudi on the Tirunelveli highway, Tamil Nadu.
  • Vallanadu is the southernmost places in India where Blackbuck exists. Apart from Blackbucks, Spotted Deer, Macaques, Jungle cat, Mongoose and wild hares are also found in this Sanctuary.
  • The best part is you can visit this place throughout the year.

Gulf of Manner Marine National Park

Gulf of Manner Marine National Park

  • This Marine Park spreads along 560Kms between Rameswaram and Tuticorin.
  • It is one of the world’s richest regions from marine biodiversity and it is also the first marine Biosphere Reserve in Southeast Asia.
  • It comprises of 21 islands which include Mudflats and Beaches.  Other marine components like Algae communities, Seagrasses, coral reefs, Salt marshes, and Mangroves are also found here.

Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary:

Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary:

  • There is a 30 Km wide gap between the Nilgiri Hills to the north and the Anamalai Hills to the South that straddles the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border.
  • This was originally called as Annamalai Wild Life Sanctuary which was established in the year 1976. Later on, it was renamed after the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s visit during 1961.
  • It is located at an altitude of 1400 meters and covers an area of 108 sq. km.

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Mundanthurai Sanctuary:

Mundanthurai Sanctuary

  • Situated in the Tirunelveli district, this sanctuary has dried deciduous to tropical wet evergreen forests which are covered in an area of 567 sq. km.
  • This sanctuary is home to many wild animals like Tiger, Bonnet Macaque, Langurs, Slender Loris, Sloth Bear, Sambhar, Chitah, and Wild Dog.
  • This sanctuary is popular for the various species of avifauna and varieties of reptiles and insects. Trekking trips can be done with the permission from the Forest Wildlife Department.

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