Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary on Nelliyampathi Hills

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and national park on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi Hills, in  Thrissur District,  Kerala state, India. It has an area of 85.067 square kilometers.

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Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984. It lies west of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.  Kurumali River and Mupliam rivers are the main rivers flowing through this national park cum wildlife sanctuary.  Chimmony Dam, across Chimmony river is also situated in this wildlife sanctuary.

About half of the large mammals in the state of Kerala are found in this Wildlife Sanctuary. It includes y some of the globally threatened species such as tigers, Asian elephants and wild dog.  Some of the other engendered species are  lion-tailed macaque, Indian giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur and slender loris.

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary has 160 species of birds. This Wildlife Sanctuary also has 14 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles and 31 species of fishes.

Malaya tribe, the sole tribal community living close to the wildlife sanctuary, is taking part in the Eco-tourism projects inside the sanctuary. 52 tribal families are there.

How Do I Go to Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary?

Office of The Wildlife Warden of Peechi Wildlife Division is situated at Peechi. Pin code is  680653. Entry permits are issued from this office.

Thrissur town is at around 39 kilometers from the wildlife sanctuary.

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary is headquartered at Echippara. Accommodation is available at the Goverment Inspection Bungalow, situated near Chimmony Dam.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Peppara dam

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. This sanctuary is named after the Peppara dam, which lies within the sanctuary.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from the Peppara dam
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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from the Peppara dam

In 1983, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary came into existence. It is spread over an area of 75 square kilometers. It consists of myristica swamps and tropical moist evergreen forests. Karamana River and its tributaries are the main source of water inside the sanctuary.

Tiger, leopard, elephant, sambar (deer), sloth bear, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur, etc, are some of the wild animals found in this wildlife sanctuary.  233 species of birds are also found here. 27 species of fishes are also found here.

Peppara dam is meant to supply drinking water to Thiruvananthapuram city and its suburbs. Peppara dam’s reservoir is spread over 5.82 square kilometers.

How Do I Go to Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Peppara Dam?

Thiruvananthapuram  Central Railway station is the nearest railway station at around 44 kilometers from Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. There are regular buses to Peppara from KSRTC Central Bus Station alias Thampanoor bus station, opposite to Thiruvananthapuram  Central Railway station. Peppara town is on the Thiruvananthapuram – Ponmudi Road.

Grand Island and Pequeno Island in Goa – Two most Exotic Places in Goa

Grand Island or Grande island  is one of the most exotic places in Goa. There are lot of package tours to the island. The package normally includes snorkeling, fishing and a scrumptious meal. Sighting of dolphins is also normal in and around the island.

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The Grand Island in Goa is accessible by boat. You can experience the underwater life, through snorkeling. Experts are there to guide you at Monkey Beach. It is quite safe to do snorkeling at Monkey Beach in Grande island.

There are package tours to this island. The Grande Island package tour costs around two thousand rupees, including boat fare and snorkeling charges. Please confirm the rates before agreeing for the package tour.

How Do I Go to The Grand Island in Goa?

The Grand Island or Grande island  is on the Arabian Sea. There are boat services from the main land from every morning; starting at around 8 am. Services are there till 3 pm, depending on the bookings. It takes less than 30 minutes of travel by boat.

Bat Island alias Pequeno island

Bat Island alias Pequeno island is another famous island known for snorkeling. It is very close to the mainland, on your way to Grand Island or Grande island. Pequeno island is also known as Marmagao Goa.

Fresh Fish can be caught from the sea and  barbecued at these islands.

Agrasen ki Baoli, Ancient Step Well in the heart of New Delhi.

Agrasen ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki baoli is an ancient step well, right in the heart of New Delhi, near Connaught Place. It is protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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Agrasen ki Baoli alias baori alias bauri, is 60 meters in length and and 15 meters wide. There is no historical evidence as to who originally built this magnificent step-well. It is believed that it was built by king Agrasen, the legendary king of Agroha. In the 14th century, this step well was rebuilt by the Agrawal community, which traces its origin to above mentioned kingdom.

Agrasen ki Baoli has 108 steps,spanning over three layers. Each level is lined with arched niches, on the sides.

Similar step wells can be seen in Gujarat. Rajasthan state has also a magnificent step well, with 3500 steps, across 13 stories!

Agrasen ki Baoli was picturized in many movies, including the Bollywood blockbuster movie, PK with Aamir Khan in lead role.

How Do I Go to Agrasen ki Baoli?

Agrasen ki Baoli is situated on the Hailey Road, near Connaught Place and Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary Known for Indian Rhinos and Elephants

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Himalayan foothills, at around 30 kilometers from Chalsa and Lataguri, in northern West Bengal. It is one of the best protected areas in India. Indian rhinoceros (single horned rhinos) can be seen here.

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Spread over 960 hectares of area, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a reserve forest in 1895. It was made a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1949. It was declared as a national wildlife sanctuary in 1998, by the goverment of India. Teesta, the Neora, and the Murti rivers are the main rivers flowing through this wildlife sanctuary. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is situated very close to Gorumara National Park.

Other than rhinos, this wildlife sanctuary has a sizable population of elephants and Indian bison, along with deer, boars, and leopards. It is also a birdwatchers paradise. Green pigeons, Parakeets and kingfishers are seen in large numbers.

Chapramari forest camp is being operated by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited.

There is a railway line from Siliguri and Malbazar, which passes through the reserve forests. It is a big thereat to wild animals, especially elephants and Indian bisons. In 13 November 2013, a passenger train, hit a herd of 40–50 Indian elephants, killing five adult elephants, two calves and injuring ten elephants!

How Do I Go to Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary?

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is at around two hours drive from Siliguri, a major town in West Bengal. Malbazar Railway Station with station code MLBZ, in Jalpaiguri district is the closest railway station to the wildlife sanctuary.

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary Closure Periods

Chapramari Wildlife Park is closed from middle of July to middle of September, each year during Monsoon season.