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Hello all, i'm really enjoying this site.
I'm going to Kerala and Tamil Nadu areas in high season around December through January. I'm really interested in seeing wildlife, its the main reason im going. I understand im not going to see wild tigers or anything too fancy but im trying to see a nice jungle backdrop, interesting plants and above all monkeys. Im very interested in anthropology and monkeys really interest me especially if they're in their own habitat. Just spit some good areas at me please thanks.
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Go to Ranthambhore at that time - you will see everything you want PLUS wild tigers
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Originally Posted by Paagla Dashu Go to Ranthambhore at that time - you will see everything you want PLUS wild tigers
In Kerala or Tamil Nadu -- yeh, right.

Periyar (where Thekkady is) or Mudumalai (Wynad is part of this) or Anamalai in TN would seem like an option, look them up on the web, tons of sites on wildlife parks with further pointers to other parks too. Seeing tigers at the latter two at least is not impossible it seems. Vedantangal in Tamil Nadu is a renowned bird sanctuary.
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aslo try bandipur in karnataka
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oops sorry forgot to add you can also check out the ranganatittu bird sanctuary
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Silent Valley !

Hi Widlife adventurers,

I believe u havent heard about a mystical and densely forested region nestled in the confines of Tamilnadu , Kerala and Nilgiris- called Silent Valley. I accept there is no proper organised touring/wildlife spoting, but i feel it is one of the best places to get one-on-one with nature. Remember, "Nature is invincible".

Some of the tracks inside Silent Valley are so thick with woods that it deters tourists from going there as they cant get to see the wild animals "though the animals get to see the tourists"..!


I went there in 2002 on a motorbike [oh god..!] and came back a frigtened man. I couldnt hear any of the sounds that any normal forest has. Remember this place is the Silent Valley [bcos it doesnt have the species of insect called cicada that makes all that noise in a dense jungle] and gives a deeply frightening silence. Infact i didnt stop for a small break in my bike ride fearing the worse.

One of my friends [an expert swimmer] echoed a same line of thought and didnt even try to swim in a small lake frieghtened abt the noiseless atmosphere. For jungle regulars, this silence pervades when a large carnivore like a tiger or leopard is on the prowl and this feeling is what u get gripped with in Silent Valley.

Try to visit this place if u really like wildlife. But refrain from going there if have kids and physically weak ppl, as the place is not civilised as yet [and has no such signs in the near future too].
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There are loads of wildlife sanctuaries in India....

Karnataka State has
1. Nagarhole national park
2. BR Hills wildlife sanctuary
3. Bandipur Sanctuary
4. Anashi National park - Dandeli
5. Bhadra wildlife Reserve - Chikmaglur

TamilNadu - Mudumalai, Masinagudi, Perambikulam, Anamalai..etc

Kerala - Wayanad National park, Vythiri, Silent Valley etc.

U can spot tigers and loads of other animals in the above parks....and the climate in winters is good the above places.

The best route for you would be

Nagarhole National Park - Wyanad National Park - Vythiri - Ooty - Coonor tea estates...Thekkady...Mudumalai - Cochin. Get out of South India from Cochin.
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Wild peacocks in Tamilnadu

On the way to Tiruneveli from Sankarankovil, I saw wild peacocks crossing the roads,,,it was quite amazing. It seems its one of the few places in India (not park areas) where wild peacocks roam...lovely..
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best place masanagudi

Try out Masanagudi & Mudumalai in Niligiris Just 30 to 40 Kms away from OOty nice plac to see wildlife and nice jungle resorts ar there they take you for night ride also where u can see wild animals in natural habitet, u can also hav nice camp fire barbeque in woods.

there are nice Streams also in the woods,u can spend time and not too expensive.
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I am told life is pretty wild in Goa !
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Have visited a few places here:

BR Hills is south east of Mysore. Fantastic for gaur - really close views of large herds. Good for elephants too. We also saw boar, sambar, chital and sloth bear. Birds are good and you can sit outside your tent and watch them right in front. $50 per day all inclusive. Thoroughly recommended.

Kabini in Nagarahole is also very nice. Just missed a leopard, but loads of elephant, chital, barking deer, langur, crocodile. Again very nice birds. It's expensive at $100 per day all in, but you can get almost anything laid on. We (with two others) asked for a bird specialist guide and that's what we got We were able to get them to stop and wait rather than just driving all the time. Much more rewarding - for instance two malabar giant squirrels having a territorial dispute.

Periyar was a bit disappointing in terms of animals for us, but we stayed at Bison Camp in the centre of the park. You get dropped off by a boat and walk about 4km with your cook/guide. Then it's just you and him. Saw tiger footprints and elephant droppings. Lots of boar and nilgiri langur. Judging from the visitor book people have had superb wildlife experiences there too.

Mundanthurai in Tamil Nadu was also lovely. Great setting, though not as wild as some of the others. Nilgiri langur here too - outside the rest house. Small troupe of resident bonnet macaques will try to get in the room - check the size of their canine teeth! Not expensive - can't remember how much. Oh yes, when we got back from our morning walk there were leopard pugmarks across the compound right outside our room. It is possible though not easy to reach by bus. We hired a car and driver for three days from Trivandrum for about £45. Excellent driver too.

Also went briefly to Eravikulam to look at Nilgir tahr - good close views and a great location if you go first thing in the morning before most people get there

So - go for it. Pick a park and make a plan!

Mike
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The South is one hot place at this time of the year. All animals would prefer the shade. But then, they would also be close to a watering hole...the best place to watch them.
...and I took the road less travelled.
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http://www.indiawildliferesorts.com/...lley-park.html



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Originally Posted by Motorcycl_Adventurer Hi Widlife adventurers,

I believe u havent heard about a mystical and densely forested region nestled in the confines of Tamilnadu , Kerala and Nilgiris- called Silent Valley. I accept there is no proper organised touring/wildlife spoting, but i feel it is one of the best places to get one-on-one with nature. Remember, "Nature is invincible".

Some of the tracks inside Silent Valley are so thick with woods that it deters tourists from going there as they cant get to see the wild animals "though the animals get to see the tourists"..!


I went there in 2002 on a motorbike [oh god..!] and came back a frigtened man. I couldnt hear any of the sounds that any normal forest has. Remember this place is the Silent Valley [bcos it doesnt have the species of insect called cicada that makes all that noise in a dense jungle] and gives a deeply frightening silence. Infact i didnt stop for a small break in my bike ride fearing the worse.

One of my friends [an expert swimmer] echoed a same line of thought and didnt even try to swim in a small lake frieghtened abt the noiseless atmosphere. For jungle regulars, this silence pervades when a large carnivore like a tiger or leopard is on the prowl and this feeling is what u get gripped with in Silent Valley.

Try to visit this place if u really like wildlife. But refrain from going there if have kids and physically weak ppl, as the place is not civilised as yet [and has no such signs in the near future too].
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can anyone say in andhra pradesh..?
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