Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Ghats

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Western Ghats, in the state of Goa. The Wildlife sanctuary has an area of 208.5 square kilometers. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is also a ‘Project Tiger reserve’, to save Bengal Tigers.

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Nilgiri Woodpigeon, a Globally threatened bird species, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and many endangered species of animals, reptiles and amphibians are found here in the Wild Life Sanctuary.

This park is a heaven for those interested in bird watching. There is an International Bird Area inside the wildlife sanctuary. Globally threatened species of birds like Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul Malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue-flycatcher, rufous babbler and crimson-backed Sunbird are found here in this sanctuary. There are a total of 255 species of birds here, out of which 53 birds are known to breed here.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has two Forest Department rest houses, one each at Valpoi and Keri.

How Do I Go to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Near Goa?

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is in North Goa district and Valpoi is the nearest town to the sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road. The nearest main railway station is the one at Panaji, Goa. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, in the city of Dabolim, Goa.

Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary in BR Hills alias Biligiriranga Hills

Biligiriranga Hills, commonly known as BR Hills, is a hill range in Karnataka state, on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border area near to Chamarajanagar city.

BR hills or Biligiriranga HillsBR hills or Biligiriranga Hills as seen from the Krishnayyana Katte reservoir at the foothills.

BRT Wildlife Sanctuary or Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary as it is called officially, is situated in BR Hills. BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is a “project Tiger” reserve from 2011. The park is named after Biligiri Rangaswamy temple, which is a famous temple on a bare cliff, overlooking the northern parts of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

On the banks of River Bhargavi in the BR Hills, there is a centuries old very large Champak tree or Magnolia Champaca, well known for its fragrant flowers. B.R. hills is the link between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, allowing gene flow between the two.

How do I go to BR hills?

Those who are traveling from Bangalore can travel by the Bangalore – Mysore road. Maddur is the town on this main road, from where you have to go to Kollegala town. From Kollegala town, it takes around 30 minutes drive to reach BR Hills.

For those coming by train or by bus from Coimbatore side, Chamarajanagar is the city from where you get buses to the BR Hills. Chamarajanagar is at around 40 kilometers distance form BR Hills alias Biligiriranga Hills or B.R. Hiils.

Mysore Airport is the nearest airport to Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and BR Hills. Coimbatore International airport is at around 185 kilometers from the B. R. Hills. Bangalore International Airport is around 220 kilometers distance from B.R. Hills.

All You Need To Know About Palamau Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand

Palamau Tiger Reserve is the lone tiger reserve (where Tigers are spotted recently) in the state of Jharkhand. It is one among the nine original tiger reserves in India. This Tiger reserve is part of Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary.

This Tiger Park is spread over an area of 1,129.93 square kilometers (436 sq miles) in Latehar and Garhwa Districts. It was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1974. Core area of the Tiger reserve is spread over 414.93 square kilo meters. The buffer area is spread over an area of around 650 square kilometers. Palamau Tiger Reserve is part of the Famous Betla National Park. It is also a Project Tiger reserve for conservation of Bengali tigers.

Apart from Tigers, this Tiger Reserve has Elephants, Leopards, Sambars, Gaurs and Wild Dogs, to name few of the other wild animals.

One male Tiger and five female Tigers are there in the Tiger Reserve, as per the 2012 counting (undertaken using DNA to prevent over-counting). As per the 1974 count, there were 50 Tigers in this Tiger Reserve. As per 2007 count, there were 17 Tigers. As per Forest department, the core area of the Tiger reserve is inaccessible due to difficult terrain and Naxalite presence. Hence, an accurate count of Tigers is not possible.

North Koel River, a sub-tributary of Ganga River, runs through the Palamau Tiger Reserve. Over 140 species of birds are sighted in Palamau reserve forests. Two white vultures were spotted in the Tiger reserve at Palamau in 2013, after a gap of nearly 10 years.

How Do I Go to Palamau Tiger Reserve?

Palamau Reserve for Begali Tigers can be reached by taking National Highway 39. It takes around one and a half hours drive, to travel from Latehar to the tiger reserve, to cover 65 kilometers distance by road.

Betla National Park in Jharkhand

Betla National Park is situated in Latehar district, Jharkhand, India. Betla National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park’s name was derived from the first letters of the animals found there; Bison, Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Axis-axis. This National Park is also a tiger reserve, under Project Tiger scheme to save Royal Bengal tiger endangered species; even though no Tigers were spotted in this park in recent past!

The park is rich in flora and fauna. Lower reaches of the park consists mainly of tropical wet evergreen forests. Moist & dry deciduous forests forms the middle reaches and alpine forests forms the upper reaches. There are a large variety of animals in the park. Elephants and Langurs are seen in plenty. Other animals found in the national park includes Sloth bear, panther, Jackal , wolf, hyena, gaur, chital, sambhar, mouse deer, four-horned antelopes, kakar, small Indian civets, ant eating pangolin, porcupine, nilgai and mongoose. Large variety of birds are also seen in the Betla National Park. Kamaldah lake is famous for its water birds.

Deep inside the forests in Betla National Park, one can see the main sentinel of the 16th century old fort, which was the seat of the Chero Kings. There is one more old fort inside the Betla National Park.

Betla National Park has many Watch towers and ground hides to those interested in watching the beasts of the jungle. Safari animals for elephant ride are there in park. Jeeps, with guides to help the tourists, are also available in the park. November to March is the ideal time to explore the park. Summer months of May and June are the ideal for those interested to explore the wildlife (when vegetation dries up).

How Do I Go to Betla National Park?

Betla National Park can be accessed only from Betla village, which is situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Daltonganj. Latehar is at a distance of 65 kilometers from Betla village. Ranchi, the capital city of the Jharkhand state, is at around 170 kilometers from Betla village. #betla

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in Bilaspur District

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wildlife sanctuary in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh state, India.

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Two Tigers at
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Established in 1975, this Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many endangered species of animals like the Bengal Tigers, Leopards and wild Bison. The Wildlife Sanctuary is a Tiger Reserve from 2009 on-wards for Bengali tigers. This Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as part of Project Tiger Reserve in 2009.

Achanakmar Wild Life Sanctuary offers mesmerizing experience for any tourist. Sal and bamboo forests are a specialty of this wild life sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar is rich in flora and fauna. Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor links Achanakmar Wildlife Park with Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

Ratanpur, where the famous 11th century temple Mahamaya Devi is situated, is a nearby town at around 65 kilometeres distance from the wildlife sanctuary. Pali is another town close to the Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for the beautifully carved 9th century Mahadev Temple. Kabir Chabutra, where Saint Kabir attained salvation, is just 5 kilometers from the wildlife sanctuary, on your way to Bilaspur.

How Do I Go to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is at around 55 kilometers from Bilaspur town.

Bilaspur railway station with station code BSP is the nearest major railway station, on the MumbaiHowrah main railway line; even though Belgahna railway station with station code BIG is the nearest railway station to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. Pendra Road alias Gaurella is also a nearby station to Wild Life Sanctuary at Achanakmar.

Raipur airport is the nearest airport to the Wild Life Sanctuary.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

November to June are the ideal months to visit Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.