Nestled between two popular national parks in Uttarakhand, Corbett, and Rajaji there lays another significant wildlife reserve that sprawls in an area of 301 sq. km is called by the name of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary or Sona Nadi Wildlife Sanctuary or just Sonandai. It has become a popular tourist attraction due to its rich flora and fauna, which flourish greatly especially in the north of Sonanadi River. This zone indeed is the favourite place for Asiatic Elephant along with the tiger, cheetal, sambhar, leopard, and reptiles. Visitors can also sight more than 150 species of birds in their natural habitat at Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
The reserve is also the only protected area where walking is allowed and the zone is replete with non-venomous snakes of different kinds, which make the experience of visiting here one-of-its-kind.Located in the Nainital district, Sonanadi is a beautiful reserve whose beauty is enhanced by the two rivers, Palain and Mandal. Sonanadi reserve has an operational Forest Rest House named Halduparao which can be accessed from the Vatanvasa gate. Covered by dense sal and bamboo trees, Sonanadi makes a great destination to enjoy the stay amidst the wild in Uttarakhand. This is not it, what keeps this sanctuary more alluring is the opportunity for exploration by jeep.
Flora in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora, sheltering a large variety of plants, shrubs, and herbs. The plant life of the sanctuary includes species of Sal, Sheesham, Semal, Bakli, Aonla, Jamun, Kanthber, Figs, and many medicinal plants. It is also home to some endangered species of Herbs and Shrubs.
Fauna in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you would not want to miss out on this place when on a trip to Uttarakhand. With a lot of mammal species, Sonanadi is home to about 6% of the total species of birds which is 150 different species in total. The members of the fauna family living in this park are Thrushes, Pheasants, Hornbills, Warblers, Flycatchers, Wallcreeper, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Emerald Dove, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Brown Fish Owls. When it comes to terrestrial population then the list includes Leopard, Sambhar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral, Otter, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten and Sloth Bear. It is not just this, there are few reptiles that are also popularly observed by tourists and this includes Python, Monitor Lizard, King Cobra, Different kind of Turtles, Gharials, Mugger, Mahaseer, and Indian Trout. Apart from all this, Elephants and Tigers are the most popular attractions for tourists.
Best Time to Visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
The best to visit this place is from November to April.