Nadu Wildlife Sancturay
In the luxuriantly forested foothills of the Nilgiris,this 321 sq
sanctuary is part of a much larger reserve (3000 sq km) which includes
Bandipur and Wynad in neighbouring Karnataka and Kerala. The larger
reserve range in vegetation from semi-evergreen forests to swamps
and grasslands. In Mudumalai, the mostly dense forest is home to
chital (spotted deer), gaur ( Indian bison), tiger, panther, wild
boar and sloth bear. Otters and crocodiles inhabit the Moyar River.
The Park's wild elephant population, one of the largest in the country,
supposedly numbers about 600, however you're more likely to see
their domesticated brethren carrying out logging duties.
best time to visit Mudumalai is between February and June. Heavy
rain is common in October and November and the park may be closed
during the dry season. From February to March.
This is one of the three wildlife sanctuaries on the slopes
western Ghats along the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Though
recently renamed the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, most people
still refer to it by its original name. It covers almost 1000 sq
km and is home to elephant, gaur (Indian bison), tiger, panther,
spotted deer, wild boar, bear, porcupine and civet cat. The Nilgiri
tahr, commonly known as ibex, can also be spotted as can many birds.
In the heart of this beautiful forested region is the Parmbikulam
Dam which has formed an immense plain of water that dpreads way
into Kerala. The rights to this water used mainly for irrigation
and energy purpose in Tamil Nadu are the source of one of the area's
It is also known as Kodikkarai, this coastal sanctuary is 90
km south-east 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 water fowl, especially flamingos, which
congregate here every winter.
Time To Visit is between November and January when the tidal mud
flats and marshes are covered with teals, shovellers, 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. Black
buck, spotted deer and wild pig also congregate here. From April
to June there's very little activity; the main rainy season is between
October and December.
About 35 km south of Chengalpattu, this is one of the most spectacular
water-bird breeding grounds in India. Cormorants, egrets, herons,
storks, ibises, spoonbills, grebes and pelicans come here to breed
and nest for about six months from October/November to March, depending
on the monsoons. At the height of the breeding season, there can
be up to 30,000 birds at once. The best times to visit are early
morning and late afternoon.