Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
At a distance of 3 km from Megamalai Bus Station, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve situated at Megamalai in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular sanctuaries in Tamilnadu and among the top places to visit in Megmalai.
Covers an area of around 63,000 hectares, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. As this wildlife sanctuary is located at the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala, hence it acts as the buffer zone for Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. The sanctuary is a haven for wildlife buffs and nature lovers. From shrub and evergreen forest to a range of mammals, birds, and reptiles, it dwells so many species of flora and fauna. Proposals have been made to transform the Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the Theni district into a tiger reserve.
Sharing its boundaries with Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, the sanctuary is home to elephants, tiger, leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, sloth bear, grey junglefowl, smooth-coated otter and flying squirrel. Meghamalai forest area hosts a variety of birds including red-whiskered bulbul, common iora, White-browed wagtail, grey wagtail, pied bush chat, Blyth's reed warbler, barn swallow, spotted dove, Asian paradise flycatcher, long-tailed shrike. Besides, the Wood snake is 'point endemic' to Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, which means this type of species is found only here and nowhere else.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM