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Crocodile Park

Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with a specific goal of breeding the crocodile population of the Mugger .

Guindy National Park

The 2.70 km� CHENNAI - Guindy National Park, is unique in more ways than one.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of 122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, is 85 kms from Chennai
Gulf Of Manner Marine National Park
This Marine park of Mannar spreads along 560 Km stretch between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. It is lying within the Bio Sphere of Mannar
Mukkurthi National Park
Short 45 Kms drive from Udhagamandalam, martenspread over an area 79 km on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau.

Point Calimere Sanctuary


Calimere Wild Life Sanctuary : It is around 70 kms from Nagapattinam and 11Kms from Vedaranyam. Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1967 for conservation of Blackbuck, an endangered and endemic species of India. Point Calimere encompasses 17.26 sq KM of sandy coast fringed by saline swamps and thorny scrub around the backwaters. Migratory curlews, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers and Shanks nest in the tidal mud flats from October to March. Black bucks, Spotted Deers, Jackal, Ponies and Wild hare are sighted very often. Flamingo House [Poonarai illam- 04369 - 272424], Forest Rest House are available at Kodikkarai. Alternative accommodation options are available at Vedaranyam.

Other Information

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 is an interesting scene to watch.
Annual rainfall About 1500 mm.
Nearest Airport Thiruchirappalli - 225 kms
Nearest Railway station Thiruthuraipoondi - 42 kms
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.