Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is a protected area and tiger reserve along the Western Ghats in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Sathyamangalam forest range is a significant wildlife corridor in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve between the Western Ghats and the rest of the Eastern Ghats and a genetic link between the four other protected areas which it adjoins, including the Billigiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Sigur Plateau, Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur National Park. Places of visit other than the wilderness areas are Bhavanisagar Dam, Bannari Amman Temple, Perumpallam Dam, Gunderi pallam Dam and many other famous temples inside forests which causes disturbance during the festival season inspite of regulations. July to November is the best season to visit. Forest Rest Houses with 2 suites each are available at Sathyamangalam, Kadambur, Talamalai, Hassanur, Chikkalli and Jeerahalli which will be allowed with regulations to public after the Eco Tourism is declared open. Sathyamangalam is the only landscape in the country where the blackbuck and tiger co-exist. On an entirely different note, for many years the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary was the hideout of the infamous bandit Veerapan – a crime legend known for poaching, sandalwood smuggling, ivory smuggling and other inglorious misdeeds. His activities and mere presence destroyed a vast tract of the forest land along with the calm of the region (known to this day as the most haunted spot in all of Tamil Nadu). Having been caught and killed in 2004, the area now resides in peace. Such stories and other impressive possibilities make Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary an absolutely thrilling wildlife viewing experience.
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