May 16, 2018
Tamil Nadu is a state that is famous for intricately-carved temples and magnificent Kanjivaram sarees. However, an oft-forgotten fact about this beautiful state is the rich wildlife it is filled with and the long list of sanctuaries it houses. Every tourist who visits this rich state should definitely include a jungle trail that encompasses the best of wildlife tours. Wildlife enthusiasts will surely have a whale of a time sighting varied species of wild animals revelling in their natural habitat.
Experienced travellers recommend hiring one of theCoimbatore to Ooty cabs since it becomes easy to move around and doing more in the given time frame. Check the accommodation available inside or near the jungle to get a surreal experience of the wild outdoors. So come, let’s explore the best one can include in this thrilling jungle journey you are about to experience:
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve: Spread over a massive area of 321 sq. km. in the north-western part of Nilgiris District of the state of Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai is a hill range that is nearly 65 million years old. It is a tiger reserve located at the junction of three states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It is nearest from the hill station of Ooty at 68 kilometres and about 240 kilometres from Bangalore. The amazing flora and fauna found here make it quite special. For example, the tall Elephant grass, teak, rosewood trees and giant bamboo. With 260 species of birds and animals like tiger, elephant, panther, deer and hyena, Mudumalai is indeed a traveller’s delight.
Satyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located along the western ghats in Tamil Nadu, this ecological wonder is an oft-visited place by tourists from across India and all over the world. It covers a whopping 1412 sq. km. making it the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state. You have a great chance of spotting the regal tiger here since there are no less than 28 tigers in this area along with the rare four-horned antelope, blackbucks, sambhar, spotted deer, gaurs and more than 850 elephants. It is also home to four rare species of vultures and indigenous crocodile, thus making it a must-visit place during the jungle trail.
Annamalai National Park: Known as one of the most picturesque wildlife reserves of the South, Annamalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary makes for a thrilling drive into the wild. It is merely 112 kilometres from Coimbatore and is a beautiful drive while on vacation with friends and family. You can hire a taxi in Coimbatore and explore the sanctuary at leisure. It is a veritable paradise for animal and bird lovers. You will spot Tigers, elephants, leopards, sloth bears, flying squirrels, wild boars and many species of primates here. You can plan your visit during summer or winter since during the monsoons (June to August) the roads become inaccessible. Book your accommodation at the simple but comfortable forest rest houses and dormitories and wake up to bird sounds after a restful sleep on pleasant mornings.
While on this amazing jungle trail, remember to carry torches, spare batteries, power banks and additional water supply, since power can be erratic in these areas. So go ahead and pack those khakis and trekking shoes and live on the real wild side of life.