My trip to Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve was a thrilling experience. This place was the next stop of my destination. This is Tamil Nadu’s second largest protected area and is the catchment zone for rivers and streams like Ganga, Ramanadi, Karayar and Manimuthar. Apart from the rich tiger population, this reserve is a home to endemic plants too. Wildlife at Kalakkad also includes leopards, sloth bears, elephants and fish life. The lofty Manjolai Hills are also present within the range of the reserve. As a nature lover, I loved the prosperous jungle.
Tigers that were an endangered species in India were kept safe and secured in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. With the combination of Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Tamil Nadu government formed the best way to keep the safe in a National Park. This tropical evergreen forest had all the ways to protect the endangered wildlife. People living outside the village also play an active role in keeping the away the poachers. With forest management, these people formed a committee known as Joint Forest Management (JFM). If there is any trouble to the rainforest or the wildlife, these people can contact the officials. This system and dedicated work to safeguard animals and trees amazed me.
“Project Tiger” was one of the leading programmes in Kalakkad Mundanthurai reserve. Apart from the wildlife, serene beauty is also a part of this rich culture. Waterfalls splashing over the rocks created a mesmerizing sound and a must-watch view. Agasthiyar Falls and Banatheer Falls are the main attractions in this national park. Many scientific laboratories were located outside the jungle, so that there is no interruption in the untouched jungle. Government took special care of the virgin lands in the jungle so that they stay as they are. Located in Western Ghats it is the global hotspot in India. Rich biodiversity with protected wildlife and wealthy flora and fauna are the heart of the jungle. At the end of my tour to this wild side of India, it was time leave this place behind. Where one story stops another begins – it was time for another journey to another place.