A complete tourist information guide on the Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary near Srivilliputhur including what to see in Shenbaga Thoppu, accommodation near Shenbagathoppu Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary and more.
Shenbagathoppu Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary
Shenbagathoppu Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary is just eight kilometres from Srivilliputhur, which is one of the best tourist places in Tamilnadu and is also one of the wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu. The Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over a vast area measuring 480 square kilometres. It was built in 1989 at the Shenbaga thopu village of the Srivilliputtur taluk in the Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu. "Thoppu" in Tamil means "grove", or natural cluster of similar trees, and this place is one of most primitive natural groves of Tamilnadu. One of the features of this wildlife sanctuary is that it is contiguous or connected on its south western border with the Periyar Tiger Reserveas well as with the Megamalai Reserve Forest on the north-western. The altitude of this place ranges from 100 to 2010 metres above the sea level. The sanctuary fosters and shelters the Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Macrora) which is an endangered and arboreal animal nowadays.
Animals in Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary
Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary Animals are quite attractive and also multiple in number. Tamilnadu seems to be a favourite place of birds and many winged guests take resort here (ornithologist think birds of more than 100 varieties flock here every year; the toll increases in the winter), alaong with a wide range of mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Elephants are seen in numbers here. Other common animals of the Shenbaga Toppu Wildlife Sanctuary is tiger, leopard, Nilgiri thar, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, slender loris, bonnet macaque, sloth bear and flying squirrel. The Great Indian Hornbill, which is a rare bird, is also seen here. However, the major attraction of this reserve forest is the Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Macrora), and many people from all over the world come here to see it only.
Grizzled Giant Squirrel of Shenbaga Thoppu
The Grizzled Giant Squirrel is the main tourist attraction of the Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu. The colour of these squirrels are grey or brown or a greyish brown. The average weight of this particular squirrel varies from one to two kilograms. The Grizzled Giant Squirrel is as big as a cat and is about 735 mm. tall from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. The tail is usually 360 to 400 mm. long. These Grizzled Giant Squirrels build up drays at forked branches in the joining crowns of two trees standing side by side. This helps the Grizzled Giant Squirrel to run away from danger quickly by jumping from one tree to another. The average home area of a Grizzled Giant Squirrel is roughly between two to six square metres.
Shenbaga Thoppu Wildlife Sanctuary Tourist Guide Information
There are many things to see apart from the flora and the fauna. There are a number of springs and waterfalls, but be careful not to slip on wet rocks as you venture for a bath! Some local tribal villages are there also around the sanctuary. Those people were used to collect timber and other non-timber forest materials for their daily needs but are nowadays forbidden to do so. However, forest is still a part and parcel of their everyday life and their lifestyle in ramshackle huts and shanties can be a fond subject for the admirers of anthropology.
The best season to visit Senbaga Thoppu Sanctuary is the pre-winter for birds will begin to gather here and it will be not too cold for squirrels to feel uncomfortable. Accommodation near Shenbagathoppu Sanctuary is not also a problem as the place is is just eight kilometres from Srivilliputhur and you can avail a number of hotels and tourist lodges in Srivilliputtur.