47-km from Tirunelveli, the
sanctuary is very popular with botanists and ornithologists as it
has a great variety of fauna and bird life. It is a Lion tailed Macaque's
preserve. Tiger, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Flying Squirrel, Pangolin are some of
the major inhabitants of this sanctuary. The best season to visit this
sanctuary is between September and March.
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 42-kms from Tirunelveli, the Mundanthurai wildlife sanctuary boasts of dry deciduous to tropical wet evergreen forest patches of pure reeds. The sanctuary covers an area of 567-sq-kms. Though this sanctuary is a Project Tiger reserve, one can likely to sight other animals like Leopard, Sambar, Sloth Bear and Chital apart from a wide variety of Indian Primates including Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur and Lion-tailed Macaque. The best time to visit Mundanthurai is between October and January.
Trekking can be done in both these sanctuaries, but with prior permission from the Forest (Wildlife) Department; trekking trails can also be undertaken.
Air: The nearest airports to these sanctuaries are
Madurai (200-km) and
Rail: The nearest railway station to reach Kalakadu sanctuary is Cheranmadevi (20-km) and to reach Mundanthurai sanctuary is Ambasamudram (6-km).
Road: There are regular buses from Tirunelveli and the neighbouring towns to reach these sanctuaries.
The Forest Rest House at Sengaltheri is the nearest accommodation for tourists visiting Kalakadu Sanctuary. For tourists visiting Mundanthurai Sanctuary accommodation is available at the Forest Rest House at Mundanthurai, PWD Rest House at Ambasamudram and the EB Rest House at Papanasam Camp.