Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

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Overview

Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve located in the Southern Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District and Kanyakumari District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the second-largest protected area in Tamil Nadu State.
This reserve has access by road to Thirukarangudi, Kalakad, Papanasam and Sivasailam which are 50 to 55 KM away from the District Headquarters Tirunelveli. Buses are plying to reach Mundanthurai and Upper Kodayar and these roads pass through the Tiger Reserve.Located in the Thirunelvelli district of Tamil Nadu, the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary covers an extensive area of 895 sq km.
The sight of so many members of the animal kingdom is sure to amaze everyone. Some of the wild creatures that can be sighted in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary are Tiger, Mouse deer, Leopard, Rusty spotted cat, Brown palm civet, Leopard, Sambhar, Spotted deer, Malabar giant squirrel, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Sloth Bear, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Martin, Indian pangolin, King Cobra, Python, Monitor Lizard, Flying Lizard, Pit viper and others.It is certainly very thrilling to explore the dark mysterious forests and see all these beasts in their natural habitat. Different parts of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu receive different quantities of rainfall.The lower lands receive an annual rainfall amounting to less than 1000 mm whereas the upper reaches receives more than 4000 mm of rainfall. Accordingly the forests vary from dry deciduous to tropical wet evergreen. If you want to behold the beauty of the winged creatures and listen to their sweet humming voice, the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is also the right place for you to go to. The avifaunal population of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of Ceylon mouth frog, Grey headed bulbul, Great Pied hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Grey hornbill, Oriental bay owl and Broad tailed Grass warbler.
 
Best Season: September to January
 
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram -160 km, Madurai -200 km.
 
By Rail: Tirunelveli -45 km,
 
By Road: There are regular buses from Papanasam -10 km. to Nagarcoil which is a three hour journey. Nagarcoil is well connected by bus to most cities in south India.
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Tirunelveli
Location
Papanasam Project
Address
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Ambasamudram - Papanasam - Upper Dam Road, Papanasam R.F., Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu-627551.
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Mundanthurai
Nearest Railway Station
Tirunelveli (TEN)
Nearest Airport
Tuticorin Southwest Airport
IN
latitude : 8.724240303 longitude :78.025802610
Corporation :
GPS Code : VO80
Open Year
1988
Height
895 sq.kms

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  • Courtallam  or Kutralam, Spa of South India, is a town panchayat located at an average altitude of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, India. Many seasonal employees and a few perennial rivers such as the river Chittar, the Manimuthar River, the river Pachaiyar and the Tambaraparani river originating in this region. The many waterfalls and cascades the long of the omnipresence of the spas

  • Chembaka (Shenbaga) Devi Temple is situated at Courtalam around 10kms Shengottai and 60 kms from 

  • Nellaiappar Temple is a double temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, goddess Parvathi. The temple has two gopurams or towers and it is in the center of town Tirunvelli. Surrounding the gopurams is a garden which was built in 1756 and in the garden is a square Vasantha Mandapam with 100 pillars. The musical pillars in the Mani Mandapam which produce the sound of various land when hit ( 7th century AD by Nindrasir Nedumaran or Koon Pandyan), the Somava

  • This ancient Murugan temple is located in Nanguneri Valliyur, near by, not far from Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. Valliyoor is located on the motorway Kashi-Kanyakumari , is 30 milestones of Tirunelveli and 60 kms of Tiruchendur. Valliyoor Murugan temple is located close to the train station Valliyoor. It has been venerated by the hymns of Arunagirinathar Tiruppukazh.   The goddess is Subramaniyar and sanctum enshrines an imag

  • Located between elevations ranging from 1000 to 1500 Metres, the Manjolai area is set deep within the Western Ghats within the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in the Tirunelveli District. Located on top of the Manimuthar Dam & the Manimuthar Water Falls, the Manjolai area comprises Tea Plantations, Small settlements around the tea plantations; Upper Kodaiyar Dam and a windy view point called Kuthiravetti

  • Of the nine Kailash Kshetras – Nava Kailash – Papanasam is the first attributed to Sun God. Hence, the place is known as Surya Kshetra and Surya Kailash. On a Thaipoosam day, Lord Nataraja granted darshan to sages Patanjali and Vyakrapatha standing between the horns of Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. Remembering this event, special pujas are performed on the Thaipoosam day with sandal paste to Nandhi

  • Manimuthar River originates on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It is a major tributary of the Tambaraparani River.




  • Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple is one of 108 Divya Desam. The temple is about 1500 BC, years old and later it was renovated by Pandya and Nayakar kings. This is a Swayamvektha Ksheram.

  • Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve located in the Southern Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District and Kanyakumari District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the second-largest protected area in Tamil Nadu State.

  • Lord KaasinaVenthar temple at Thirupulingkudi. The East facing Lord is seen in a reclining posture with a lotus stalk from his navel terminating in a flower on Brahma’s image on the wall of the sanctum. The story goes that Vishnu, along with Goddess Sridevi, came down to visit this place. Angered at being ignored for the trip, Goddess Bhoodevi hid herself in the netherworld. After Vishnu pacified her, it is believed that the two Goddesses came

  •  Thirukurungudi is a village with history dating back more than 1500 years. Azhagia Nambi Rayar temple is at the center of the village. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams. In Tamil language the word ‘Nambi’ means personification of all virtuous qualities blended with beauty and grace, which is to say Lord Vishnu. 

  • Venkatachalapathi is the name of Lord Vishnu in this temple. This temple was built by Krishnappa Naicker in 16th century AD. This village is named after this ruler.the pillars of this temple producing a melodious music in them.  The northern side of the temple has a hall called Veerappa Naick Mandapam. You can find two beautifully carved elephants at the entrance of the Mandapam. Inside the mandapam, there are pillars depicting various mytholog

  • There are lot of beautiful temples on the side of Ambasamudram. Thriuppudaimarudur Narum Pu Nathar Swamy temple is one of beautiful temple more than 1200 years old.

  • Upto 1947 this area was in the realm of the Travancore Kings. The temple is placed on the banks of Hanuman River. Sri Hanuman was said to have stopped by and rested on the banks of this river on his way to Lanka, hence the river was named Hanuman nadhi (Hanuman River). This is why Rama and Subramanya are popular names in this region.

  • Gotha Parameswarar temple is located in Kunnathur, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, India. This  is a shiva temple. This temple is 500years old. The historical name of this holy place is Kunnathur. The temple speciality is that the Lord is Suyambumurthy in the temple. It is to be noted there is also Snake symbol on the Shivalinga in the shrine. The main deity of this temple is Gotha Parameswar and his consort is Sivakami Amman. The holy tree o

  • Vijayasasana Perumal Temple is situated at Tiruvaragunamangai, is about 3 km to the east of Sri Vaikundam, in Tirunelveli. Vijayasasana Perumal Temple is dedicated to  Lord Vishnu. The temple with one prakaram is facing towards the east. The chief deity of the temple is Vijayasasanaperumal in a seated pose with Adi Sesha covering the neck. The temple also has an idol of Goddess Varaguna Mangai Nachiyar.

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