June 20, 2014

Kalakkad - Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Site Name:  Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger reserve
Site Type: Forest, wild-life sanctuary
Location:  Mundanthurai, Papanasam, near Ambasamudram town, near Tirunelveli city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:  The second largest protected area in Tamil Nadu state of India; located in a scenic hilly Western Ghats
Nearest Railway Station: Ambasamudram
Nearest Airport: Tirunelveli
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tirunelveli and Ambasamudram; a lot of buses are available for this town as this is a popular picnic spot
Hotel: Few options in Ambasamduram and Papanasam; more options in the nearby city Tirunelveli
Restaurants: Only few options in Ambasamudram and Papanasam

Ambasamudram is a picturesque town located on the banks of the beautiful Tamrabharani river and on the foothills of the Western Ghats. The nearest city of Ambasamudram is Tirunelveli. It is located in Tamil Nadu state in South India.The town has a lot of scenic spots and temples. Papanasam is a smaller town located near Ambasamudram which offers a lot more scenic spots, dams and wonderful waterfalls. Let us explore Kalakkad Mundanthurai reserve forest in this region.

Kalakkad Mundanthurai tiger reserve forest is the second largest protected area in Tamil Nadu state of India. It was formed in 1988 CE by combining two wild life sanctuaries, Kalakkad sanctuary and Mundanthurai sanctuary. It is situated in a very scenic hilly area of Western Ghats. About 14 rivers and 7 major dams are located within this forest. 

Some of the beautiful locations such as Agastyar falls, Bana Teertham waterfalls, Manimutharu falls, etc. are located  in this forest area. The entire region is full of abundant natural resources such as rivers, waterfalls, streams and hills. To add more charm, some of the popular temples are located very near to this area. Manjolai tea estate is an important attraction near this site.

Although it is a tiger reserve and although it is claimed that there are more than 70 tigers and 70 leopards in this forest, it is very rare to get sight of them. You can get to see a lot deer, monkeys, peacocks, birds and giant squirrels. It's a nice place to enjoy the beauty of nature; it's one of very few places which has not been polluted or commercialized.

Happy travelling.

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