Kalakkadu Sanctuaries

Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in an area of 223 sq kms in the Thirunelveli Kalakkadu kalakkaduDistrict, at the foothills of Western Ghats and the adjoining areas. The flora ranges from forests of the tropical wet evergreen to the tropical dry decidious and thorn forests in the lower hills.

The Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Sambhar, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Elephant, Tiger, Flying Squirrel, Panther, Wild Dog and Pangolin are some of the wild life seen in this sanctuary. There is also a wide range of birds and reptiles here. Trekking can be done with prior permission from the Forest Officer (Wildlife) Department.

Location - Tirunelveli District
Area - 223 Sq Kms.
Forest type - Tropical wet evergreen forests changes to tropical dry deciduous forests in the foothills and to thorn forests further down.
Animals found - Famous for lion-tailed macaque. All the four species (common langur, nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque and lion tailed macaque) can be seen. Other animals include Nilgiri tahr, sambar, sloth bear, gaur, elephant, tiger, flying squirrel, panther, wild dog, pangolin and a variety of birds and reptiles.
Annual rainfall - Varies from below 1000 mm in lower reaches to nearly 4000mm in the hills.
Nearest airport - Trivandrum 140 kms away. Madurai 200 kms away.
Nearest Railway station - Cheranmadevi 20 kms away.
Season - September to March
Accommodation - Forest Rest House at Sengaltheri with catering arrangements.
For more details - The Field Director, Project Tiger, NGO A Colony Tirunelveli 627 007.