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Wildlife in Tamilnadu includes a variety of flora and fauna. Explore more information on the wildlife sanctuaries of Tamilnadu.

Wildlife in Tamil Nadu

Anamalai Wildlife SanctuaryThe varied and diverse topography consists of dry-deciduous forests, thorn forests, scrubs and mangroves of the dry lands, the moist deciduous, wet evergreen forests and grasslands of the Western Ghats and the cooler regions, 5 National Parks and 17 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu. Some of the popular wildlife sanctuaries are the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Mundanthurai Tiger Sanctuary, Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary, Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Viralimalai Sanctuary and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park and Guindy National Park are the most favored national parks of the state. The zoo of Chennai, Anna Zoological Park is one of the latest and modern zoos of India while the Snake Park and Crocodile Bank at Chennai are worth visiting because of the spectacular collection of snakes and reptiles at the former and crocodiles at the latter.

Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary:
90 Km from Thanjavur or Tanjore, Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is often also referred to as Kodikkarai Wildlife Sanctuary. Stretching across an area of 17.26 sq. km., it is surrounded by ble waters of the sea and mesmerizing beaches. The beautiful locales, tidal swamp forests and dry evergreen forests of mangroves, make the Kodikkarai coastal sanctuary, a delightful and adventurous wilderness destination. The wetland jutting out into the Palk Strait separating India and Sri Lanka, the highlights of the area are the migratory waterfowls such as Flamingos that come to seek refuge here in winters.

Crocodile Bank:
42 km from Chennai, Madras Crocodile Bank was founded with an aim to protect and conserve the endangered crocodiles and reptiles. Today, it houses crocodiles that are kept in their natural surroundings and the pools. The lush green tropical forests provide shade to the thousands of crocodilians basking around the shores of the water with jaws wide open. Also known as Chennai Crocodile Bank, this crocodile conservation centre is the largest croc-breeding site in India. The visit to the place gives a feeling of being one with the aqua world with the faint smell of fish and moss in the air and dampness of the place.

Kunthakulam Wildlife Sanctuary:
33 km from Tirunelveli, Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary is situated in Nanguneri Taluk of Tamil Nadu. A tiny village with beautiful natural surroundings consisting of forests and ponds, Kunthakulam is an idyllic spot for our feathered friends to seek refuge in the winters from January to April, when they come here all the way from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, USA and Australia flying across miles and miles to reach the place. It is claimed that in this season about 10,000 birds from various countries migrate here.

Viralimalai Wildlife Sanctuary:
30 km From Tiruchirapalli, this wildlife sanctuary is famous for the Murugan Temple and the Peacock Sanctuary, the abode of Indian National Bird. One can see quite a large number of wild peacocks roaming around the Murugan temple as of to offer their homage to the deity. It is one of the best places to watch peacocks and the lucky ones may even get a chance to see them dancing spreading their colorful feathers to full glory. There are about six species of peacock pheasants spread throughout South East Asia. However, the Palawan Peacock Pheasant or 'Tandikan' are the most colorful of all the species.

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