There is no way we can enjoy the beauty of wilderness without wildlife in it. As human beings, one of our primary concerns should certainly be for wildlife. The existence of wildlife and wilderness is pivotal to improving the quality of our own lives. That is why places like Srivilliputhur Sanctuary are important in the modern-day world. Not only is it a lush and picturesque strip of forest land, it is also home to preserved species of wildlife that make the region their natural habitat.
Covering a total area of 485.2 sq.km., Srivilliputhur Sanctuary is bordered by Andipatti Hills in the north and the district of Tirunelveli in the South. Established in the year of 1988 on a mission to conserve the vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the sanctuary is home to a number of animals, birds, reptiles and flora of varied species. Some of the most common animals found here include Elephant, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Lion-tailed Macaque, Barking Deer, Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Palm Civet, Mouse Deer, Slender LorisSloth Bear and so on. The White-backed Vulture, Great Pied Hornbill, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon etc. are some of the bird species that you can watch and enjoy in Srivilliputhur Sanctuary. The sanctuary consists of upper montane forests and grasslands at higher elevation and mid evergreen forests at mid elevation. Closed deciduous forests and shrub jungles make up the foothills. There is also a medicinal plant conservation area within the sanctuary.
One of the must-visit sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu, beyond doubt.