Wildlife Tourism in Tamilnadu

Gleaming in the realms of South India as a popular wildlife tourism destination, Tamil Nadu is the answer to all your fantasies for a perfect vacation. The state is like a treasure for travellers who love to enjoy not just the temples and other architecture marvels but dream of a perfect wildlife safari in some of the most popular reserves harbored on the land. To begin with the state covers an protected area of 7,072.95 sq. km which is almost 30.92% share of the State's Forest area.Going by the facts, the state is home to 5 National Parks , 4 Tiger Reserves, 15 Wildlife sanctuaries,2 conservation reserves and  15 bird sanctuaries which are rooted and built under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. When we talk of the National Parks, the first one out of them was formed in the year 1976 namely Guindy National Park, followed by Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Indira Gandhi National Park, Mudumalai National Park and the last one formed in 1990 named Mukurthi National Park. All of these National Parks have their own way of taking care of the endangered species, like one out of them is a tiger reserve while the other is known for being the refuge for vulnerable species. All of these reserves run with a motive in mind to protect the wildlife and biodiversity and to conserve them from activities like poaching and hunting.

And that's not all as the state is proud to own 17 Wildlife Sanctuaries which also run on the same ground of rules. Another fact that would interest a wildlife enthusiast is that the state itself provides shelter to more than 2000 species like mammals, birds,insects, marine species, reptiles and amphibians. Animals like Tiger, Leopard, Wild boar,Chital,Hyena,Bonnet macaque, Teals, Black Buck, Gulls, Sambar,  Terns, Plovers, Flamingos, are sheltered to name a few.For those who love spending their holidays close to nature and wish to enjoy  bird watching can take a topsy turvy ride to sanctuaries like Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Mudumalai Sanctuary,Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary,Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary, Point Calimere Sanctuary and many more. Always moving a step ahead in conservation of these wild creatures, The Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Project which is initiated in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is another way to spread awareness about conservation at a large scale.Five districts fall under this project namely Tirunelveli,Theni, Virudhunagar, Madurai and Kanyakumari. A wildlife tour in the through the wild forests and covering every path of the wild side of Tamil Nadu, can be one of the ultimate adventure breaks of all time.

Popular National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu

  • Mudumalai Sanctuary

    A sound refuge for the endangered species and a variety of 266 species of birds, this sanctuary is one of the top tiger reserves harbored in Tamil Nadu. Read more

  • Vallanadu Sanctuary

    Taking the responsibility as the true guardians of the population of blackbuck antelopes is the Vallanadu Sanctuary,a reserved area in the Vallanadu Village, counted as the one of the top sanctuaries of South India. Read more

  • Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park

    Home to 21 small islands, this national park is situated on the southeastern tip of India and is renowned as a biosphere reserve in the Indian ocean close to Tamil Nadu. Read more

  • Viralimalai Sanctuary

    Home to the wild peacocks dancing round the famous Murugan temple, Viralimalai Sanctuary located in a small town is one of the must visit sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu. Read more

  • Point Calimere Sanctuary

    Structured in the year 1967, the sanctuary is the rescue spot of blackbuck antelopes and is also known for fostering waterbirds and giving them a conserved area and hence is a proud wildlife and bird sanctuary. Read more

  • Mukurthi National Park

    Applauded as UNESCO World Heritage Site,the park is an essential part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is best known for harbouring the Nilgiri tahr, the pride of the region. Read more

  • Anamalai Tiger Reserve

    Owning its name from the Former Prime Minister of India, this wildlife sanctuary is located in the Anamalai Hills and is presently known as Anamalai Tiger Reserve, where Top Slip is the main centre of attraction. Read more

  • Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mundanthurai Sanctuary

    Ranked second among the largest protected area in Tamilnadu, the merged Kalakad Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Sanctuary is spread over an area of 895 sq kms in the Southern Western Ghats. Read more

  • Mayura Thottam

    As the name suggests, Mayura Thottam is an extensive peacock garden stretching over an area of 55 acres, beautifully surrounded by coconut and guava orchards and fosters over 200 peacocks. Read more

  • Srivilliputhur Sanctuary

    Rendering a safe place to the vulnerable grizzled giant squirrel since 1988 , Srivilliputhur Sanctuary is also known as the Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary is among the best preserved forests located near the Palghat Gap. Read more

  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

    Embracing the Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu, this conserved area which is spread over an area of 74 acres is the refuge of more than 40,000 birds in the migratory season every year. Read more

  • Guindy National Park

    The pride of Chennai, Guindy National Park is the 8th smallest National Park in the country and finds its place in the core of the Governor of Tamilnadu's estate and harbours a wide variety of wild creatures. Read more

  • Crocodile Park

    Famed as a herpetology research station and a reptile zoo, Crocodile Park is the first centre in India which is known for breeding crocodiles and conserving three Indian endangered species of crocodile. Read more

Tamil Nadu Travel Information at a Glance

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