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Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Tamil Nadu

Main Wildlife Attractions: Tiger, Mouse deer, Leopard, Rusty spotted cat, Brown palm civet, Leopard, Sambhar

Coverage Area: 895 sq.kms

Established: 1988

Best Time to Visit:October to January

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Located in the Thirunelvelli district of Tamil Nadu, the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary covers an extensive area of 895 sq km.

Wild life lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to this wildlife park. The sight of so many members of the animal kingdom is sure to amaze everyone. Some of the wild creatures that can be sighted in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary are Tiger, Mouse deer, Leopard, Rusty spotted cat, Brown palm civet, Leopard, Sambhar, Spotted deer, Malabar giant squirrel, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Sloth Bear, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Martin, Indian pangolin, King Cobra, Python, Monitor Lizard, Flying Lizard, Pit viper and others.

It is certainly very thrilling to explore the dark mysterious forests and see all these beasts in their natural habitat. Different parts of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu receive different quantities of rainfall.

As a result the vegetative cover of these forests is also widely different. The lower lands receive an annual rainfall amounting to less than 1000 mm whereas the upper reaches receives more than 4000 mm of rainfall. Accordingly the forests vary from dry deciduous to tropical wet evergreen. If you want to behold the beauty of the winged creatures and listen to their sweet humming voice, the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is also the right place for you to go to. The avifaunal population of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of Ceylon mouth frog, Grey headed bulbul, Great Pied hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Grey hornbill, Oriental bay owl and Broad tailed Grass warbler.

For those who love adventure, the very thought of residing in the Forest Rest House at Mundanthurai is exciting enough. Coupled with it is the thrill of seeing the wild beasts in such natural surroundings. Trekking opportunities are also there in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. However prior permission of the Wildlife Department is required if you are interested in trekking.

The Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible and arranging a trip is no problem at all. The nearest railway station is Ambasamudram located at a distance of about 6 km. Buses are frequently available from here. The months of October to January are ideally suited for a visit to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.