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.