Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamilnadu


Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of those wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu which the state is so famous for. Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu. Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the sylvan lush of the Western Ghats. Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is not only rich in verdurous landscapes; the wide array of flora and fauna in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is also worth exploring. In fact the combination of beautiful landscape with the amazing wildlife has made Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary a divine abode for scientists, nature lovers, casual tourists and wildlife photographers alike.


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Flora and Fauna in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary


The Flora and Fauna in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is very rich. The forest in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wide diversity. The forest life in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary ranges from the dry deciduous to the tropical evergreen trees. The rainfall Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary also varies since the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary covers up a wide area, from the lower reaches of the Western Ghats to the higher altitudes. In the lower reaches of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary the rainfall is less than 1000 mm, while in the higher altitudes of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary the rainfall is as much as close to 4000 mm.

A wide range of animals also harbour the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is almost a natural abode for the beasts which has made the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary a heaven for animal lovers. Take a tour across the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary and you will see animals in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary in their natural habitat. In Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary you will spot animals like 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 so on. There are many more such animals in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Avian Population in Mundanthurai Widlife Sanctuary


The avian population in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, or in other words birds in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, are also very rich. Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is just the best place for bird watchers. Also, if you are interested in the avian population in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary for the sake of photography, the birds in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary will surely please you. Birds in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary include Ceylon Mouth Frog, Grey headed bulbul, Great Pied hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Grey hornbill, Oriental bay owl, Broad tailed Grass warbler and many others.

The Ceylon Mouth Frog is perhaps the most interesting bird in the Mundanthurai Wildlife
Sanctuary. However, we must notice that frogmouths or mouth frogs are nocturnal birds and not frogs, however the name may sound. The frogmouths are found in the southern Asia, including India. They got this nomenclature for the flattened large hooked bills as well as the huge frog-like gape used for take insects. Grey headed bulbuls are also abundant in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.The Grey headed Bulbul, or Pycnonotus priocephalus, is a passerine bird. It is very common in the Western Ghats. Great Pied hornbills and Great Indian Hornbills are about 3 ft long omnivorus creatures. They strong and curved beaks often surmounted by a bone. Hornbills usually eat insects, small mammals, and reptiles and hence they mostly graze on the ground. The Great Indian Hornbill or Buceros bicornis is really a tourist attraction in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. The Oriental Bay Owl or Phodilus badius and the Ceylon Bay Owl or Phodilus assimilis are also abundant in the Western Ghats including the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. The Broad tailed Grass warbler is also endemic to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary


The best season to visit Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to January. It is the best time to visit Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary because the weather is pretty good during this time. Tourists to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary can stay either at the Forest Rest House at Mundanthurai or at the PWD Rest House at Ambasamudram.

How to Reach Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary


By Air: Madurai is the closest airport to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is just 200 km from the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Train: Ambasamudram is the closest railway station to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is just 6 kms from the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Road: Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected from Ambasamudaram and Kalakad and have good bus links.

Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary at a Glance


  • Location of Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Tirunelveli District.
  • Area of Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: 567 Sq Kms
  • Forest type of Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Ranging from dry deciduous to tropical
    greenforests. Reeds are also there.
  • Animals in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Tiger, bonnet macaque, langurs, slender loris, sloth bear, sambhar, chital, wild dog etc.
  • Birds in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Ceylon Mouth Frog, Grey headed bulbul, Great Pied
    hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Grey hornbill, Oriental bay owl, Broad tailed Grass warbler etc.
  • Annual rainfall Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: 1000 mm to nearly 4000 mm.
  • Nearest airport of Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Madurai (200 kms).
  • Nearest Railway station of Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Ambasamudram (6 kms).
  • Best season for Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: October to January
  • Accommodation in Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: Forest Rest House at Mundanthurai, Public Works Department Rest House at Ambasamudram, E.B. Rest House at Papanasam camp.
  • Contact details for Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary: The Field Director, Project Tiger, NGO ‘A’ Colony Tirunelveli – 627 007.
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