Point Calimere Sanctuaries

Sprawling on 17.26 sq km surrounded by sea and shore, Point-Calimerecomprising forests of tidal swamps and forests of mangroves, Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nagapattinam district. It has a large population of varied wildlife such as chital, wild boar, bonnet macaque, black Buck, flamingos, teals, gulls, terns, and plover. Special attractions are the encounters with dolphins and turtles, which often come quite close to the shore.

Location - In Thanjavur district, where the coastline projects into the sea after taking a sharp turn to the west
Area - 17.26 Sq kms
Forest type - Consists of tidal swamps, evergreen forests and mangroves.
Animals found - The sanctuary is famous for its flamingos and blackbuck. A vast variety of water birds such as teals, gulls, terns, plovers, etc. can also be seen during winter months. The mammals include the chital, wild boar etc. The water birds in the great swamp and the dolphins and turtles that often come quite close to the shore are especially interesting.
Annual rainfall - About 1500 mm.
Nearest airport - Thiruchirappalli - 225 kms away
Nearest Railway station - Thiruthuraipoondi 42 km away
Best Season - For water birds November to February; and one can see the blackbuck and chital all the year round.
Accommodation - Forest Rest Houses at Point Calimere. Catering arrangements are provided.
Other facilities - Boats available for hire
For more details - The Wildlife Warden, Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, 110, Public Officers Road, Nagapattinam 611 001.