Kalakkad Mundanthurai Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It occupies a rambling area of 895 sq km and is located in the Southern Western Ghats. The Sanctuary was later developed as a National Tiger Reserve in the year 1988. It is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. The Sanctuary offers some amazing wildlife experiences to travellers. It remains open on all days between 6 am to 6 pm throughout the year.
The Sanctuary houses at least 150 endemic plants.
Mammals: Lion-tailed Macque, Slender Loris, Nilgiri Langur common Langur and Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Indian elephant, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Pangolin, etc.
Birds: Great Indian Hornbill, Oriental Bay Owl, Grey Headed Bulbul, Great Pied Hornbill, Broad tailed Grass warbler, and many more.
Reptiles: King Cobra, Common Krait, Russel’s Viper, Dark Pit Viper, Monitor Lizard, etc.
The weather remains pleasant during the months of September to January.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is located at Cheranmahadevi which is 20kms.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airports are Madurai which is 200kms away and Thiruvananthapuram (140kms).
Road Accessibility : The nearest town is Tirunelveli which is located at a distance of 50km. From Tirunelveli, regular buses are available which can be taken to reach Mundanthurai.