Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary
At a distance of 56 km from Nagapattinam, 115 km from Thanjavur, & 354 km from Chennai, Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is a coastal island sanctuary situated near Vedaranyam in the Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Also known as Kodikkarai Wildlife Sanctuary, it is one of the famous places of wildlife in Tamilnadu, and among the major Thanjavur tourist places to visit.
Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is a 21.47 sq. km protected area situated along the Palk Strait where it meets the Bay of Bengal at Point Calimere. The sanctuary was created in 1967 for the conservation of the least concerned blackbuck antelope, an endemic mammal species of India. The 7 sq. km core area of this sanctuary has been proposed as a National Park. It is one of the must-visit places for wildlife enthusiasts as part of their Thanjavur tour packages.
Surrounded by the sea and mesmerizing beaches, this sanctuary is famous for large congregations of waterbirds, especially greater flamingos, which arrive here every winter. The park is also home to wildlife like chital, wild boar, bonnet macaque, blackbuck, terns, spotted deer, monitor lizards, lesser short-nosed fruit bats, the small Indian civet, and the Indian star tortoise. Dolphins and turtles can also be observed near the shore. The December 2004 tsunami left the sanctuary under four feet of seawater and destroyed a Chola-age lighthouse, but without any lasting loss of wildlife.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to January. The Forest Department Rest House at Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary provides accommodation.
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM on all days
Entry: Rs. 20 for Person