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Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the edge of Corbett National Park, covering an area of 301 sq. km. It has been named after the Sonanadi River and the beauty of this serene park is simply breathtaking. Corbett Museum (Dhangadi Gate), Corbett Waterfalls and Garija Devi Temples are among the most popular places to visit here.

The Sanctuary houses a large number of flora and fauna. The floral species include Sal, Sheesham, Semal, Bakli, Aonla, Jamun, Kanthber and figs along with medicinal plants and a few endangered species of herbs and shrubs.

This wildlife Sanctuary has become shelter to more than 600 species of birds, including a few migratory ones. The diversity in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary alone represents more than 6 per cent of the total bird species in the world. The birds that can easily be seen include Thrushes, Pheasants, Hornbills, Warblers, Flycatchers, Wall-Creeper, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Emerald Dove, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Brown Fish Owls etc. On an average the sanctuary offers a prospect to view per visit, more than 150 species of birds.

The most commonly found mammals are Leopard, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral Otter, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten and Sloth Bear along with a large display of reptiles like Python, Monitor Lizard, King Cobra different species of turtle, Gharial, Mugger, Mahseer and Indian Trouts.

For visitors, giants like Elephants and Tigers are favorites. Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary hosts the second largest population of Panther Tigris (Tigers) in the world. The Black Bear and Albino Chital have also been recorded.

Sonanadi Jungle Safari

The Sonanadi Jungle Safari is a major tourist attraction which includes the Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari. For Jeep Safari, prior bookings are required. Tourists can opt for forest trail with an armed guard as well.

Best Time to visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is November to April.