42-km from Tirunelveli, the
Mundanthurai wildlife sanctuary boasts of dry deciduous to tropical wet
evergreen forest patches of pure reeds. The sanctuary covers an area of
567-sq-kms. There is nothing to differentiate this sanctuary from that of
Kalakadu, except the absence of Elephant and the Gaur.
Though this sanctuary is a Project Tiger reserve, one can likely to sight other animals like Leopard, Sambar, Sloth Bear and Chital apart from a wide variety of Indian Primates including Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur and Lion-tailed Macaque. The best time to visit Mundanthurai is between October and January.
Best Time To Visit: October to January
Trekking: Trekking can be done with prior permission from the Forest (Wildlife) Department; trekking trails can be undertaken.
: Air: The nearest airports to these sanctuaries are
Madurai (200-km) and
Rail: The nearest railway station to reach Kalakadu sanctuary is Cheranmadevi (20-km) and to reach Mundanthurai sanctuary is Ambasamudram (6-km).
Road: There are regular buses from Tirunelveli and the neighbouring towns to reach these sanctuaries.
The Forest Rest House at Sengaltheri is the nearest accommodation for tourists visiting Kalakadu sanctuary. For tourists visiting Mundanthurai sanctuary, accommodation is available at the Forest Rest House at Mundanthurai, PWD Rest House at Ambasamudram and the EB Rest House at Papanasam Camp.