Whenever I go to some vacation, I make sure I explore in and out of the place. This time, my Madurai trip too was so much fun and I was happy to explore all the places around. I was waiting to see the wildlife sanctuary that was amidst the city with copious flora and variety of fauna. Though we were running out of time, we still managed to take a look at the park.
On our way back from the Srivilliputhur temple, we quickly made to this Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary. At first, we were wondering why there is a separate sanctuary for a squirrel, well when we went inside we were answered instantly. The plethora of beautiful trees and plants gave enough shades for the squirrels to jump from branch to branch.
Grizzled giant squirrels were large in number and I was particular to know about this place so I read about it in the entrance. It was written that the sanctuary was built in 1988 and thereafter taken care by the government. It was clean and there was number of flower plants that was nice seeing. We took a lot of pictures there and at times I felt even the squirrels were posing for the pics when we went near them to take a snap!
The whole area was 485 sq km and this information really stunned us! How can it be possible to maintain such a huge area in the city? And then when we enquired, they said that the other side consists of a tiger reserve from Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary! We walked further inside and to our amazement we came across a lot of huge hills! There were larger peaks of 1800 meters (this was mentioned on the board!)
The Andipatti Hills is considered the guardian of the sanctuary, thanks to an environmentalist who was walking along with us! He was very excited to see many flora varieties and he shared his experiences as we walked deep and deep inside the sanctuary. We even saw almost 100 species of the 200 species birds residing in this place.
A walk in the Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary Srivilliputhur was truly memorable!