Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuary
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Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuary

  • Location : Tamil Nadu

  • Coverage area : 1411.6 sq. km

  • Main attraction : tigers and elephants are Black Buck

  • Best time to visit : October to January

  • Nearby excursions : ArulmiguBannariMariamman Temple at Bannari

  • Nearby cities : Coimbatore

Visit Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, to see what heaven on earth feels like

If you have enjoyed reading the Jungle Book in your childhood and always dreamt of coming face to face with nature and wildlife, then Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is going to present to you the perfect opportunity to live your childhood dream.


Reading the chapters of history and geography of the sanctuary

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the junction of the Eastern and the Western Ghats in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, in the Erode District of Tamil Nadu. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 2008 and after being enlarged in the year 2011, this wildlife sanctuary, at present, covers an area of 1411.6 sq. km and is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The range of the altitude lies between 75m to 1649m.


Pay attention to the climate story

The plateau land of this wildlife sanctuary has a mild and equitable climate, which favors vegetation, particularly the growth of sandal trees. Whereas, the plains covering the remaining portion of the sanctuary have a hot and dry climate. The temperature ranges between 21°C to 27°C in the plateau region and in the plains, the temperature range is in between 26°C to 32°C. The rainfall gradient is from east to west. The annual averagerainfall is around 824 mm. The wind blowing here is mostly dry. In the month of May, thunderstorms accompanied by cloudbursts are a common sight. The period from January to April is dry. From May onwards, slight drizzle starts occurring and between August and September, heavy rainfall follows.


When should you consider visiting the wildlife sanctuary ?

The climate of the place is subtropical, so the best time to visit this sanctuary is from October to January.


A glance at the flora and fauna found at this sanctuary

Flora

The vegetation consists of southern tropical dry thorn forests, mixed deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests, and Riparian forests.Around 700 species of flora have been found in the sanctuary, where bamboos are the predominant species of vegetation.

Fauna

This wildlife sanctuary is home to atleast 28 tigers, out of which 12 are Bengal Tigers and 850 elephants have been recorded.Notable species other than the tigers and elephants are Black Buck, Four-horned Antelopes, Mugger, Gaur, White-Backed Vulture, Deer, Civets, amphibians, birds, and fishes.

Mammals

The mammalian fauna consists of Wild Boar, Blackbuck, Barking Deer, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Langur, Jungle Cat, Bonnet Macaque, Leopard, and Gaur.

Butterflies

A variety of common, as well as rare species of butterflies, are found in this sanctuary. More than 85 species of butterflies have been recorded.

Birds

A total of 230 species of birds have been recorded, out of which, vultures are the main species. Other bird species found in the sanctuary are treepies, bulbuls, babblers, mynahs, and crows.


Pondering about the accommodation options ? Think no further

When you are in Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, you have a variety of accommodation options. You can either stay at the Government cottages in Dhimbham or stay at the Government Guest House in Hasanur. The urban communities of Salem and Erode also prove to be comfortable dwellings. In addition to these, there are also a variety of hotels, which you can book according to your budget.


Zones of the wildlife sanctuary

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into four zones, the boundaries of which have been discussed below :

North

Thalavady range of Talamalai Reserve Forest and T. N. Palayamforest ranges of Guthiyalathur ReserveForest form the northern border.

South

MoyarRiverand BhavaniRiver form the southern boundary of this wildlife sanctuary.

East

Bargur Reserve Forest in the Anthiyurtaluk of Erode division forms the eastern boundary.

West

In the western region, it shares its border with Bandipur National Park.


Other nearby national parks and wildlife sanctuaries present

After you have finished the tour of Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, there are some other nearby national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, which are worth visiting.

BilligirirangaSwamy temple wildlife sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary hosts a variety of flora and fauna. Other activities, which can be enjoyed, are amateur fishing, trekking, coracle boat rides, bird watching, outdoor camping, and river rafting.

Mudumalai national park

It is a declared tiger reserve, which lies in thenorth-western side of Nilgiri Hills. Here, you can find the critically endangered Indian White-rumpedVulture and Long-billed Vulture.

Bandipur National Park

This national park, once considered as the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore,now has been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve.


Atone for your sins by visiting the famous nearby temples

The famous temples around Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary are the ArulmiguBannariMariamman Temple at Bannari, located at the foothills, and Kongalli Temple, in the ThalavadyRange. These temples can be found when you dive deeper into the forests.


Distance from major cities

  • Coimbatore, 68.2 km

  • Chennai , 457.9 km

  • Mumbai, 1172.5 km

  • Delhi, 2432.5 km

  • Bengaluru, 248.3 km

  • Kolkata , 2037.4 km

  • Guwahati, 3041 km

  • Shillong, 3133.2 km

  • Varanasi, 2076.4 km


How to reach the National park ?

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By air

Coimbatore is the closest international airport, which is situated at a distance of 68 km from the sanctuary.

By rail

Erode is the nearest railway station, which is at a distance of 80 km from the sanctuary. You can also reach Coimbatore and travel to the sanctuary from there.

By road

There are many national and state expressways around the sanctuary. NH-209 connects Dindigul in Tamil Nadu with Bengaluru in Karnataka. The Erode-Gobichettipalayamroad passes through this sanctuary.

Note the major attractions of the wildlife sanctuary

  • A great picnic spot:The weather being so soothing and the landscape enchanting the tourists with its beauty, this place serves as a perfect picnic spot.

  • Photography is a must:While enjoying the adventure, you can go on clicking pictures of the astounding wildlife surrounding you.

  • Enjoy beautiful drives:You can indulge in the beautiful drives amidst the lush green tour while making the most of the perfect weather.

Make haste lest the time flies

The stupendous panorama of the wildlife sanctuary renders it a unique spot and puts it at the top position among other famous wildlife sanctuaries of India. Have an enjoyable, memorable, and unforgettable experience by visiting Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary.


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