In Tamilnadu, there is no end to your wildlife adventure and exploration as we take you to yet another wildlife sanctuary- the Point Calimere Sanctuary. Spread over an area of about 17.26 sq km and surrounded by sea and shore, Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. The sanctuary has a large population of wildlife such as chital, bonnet macaque, wild boar, flamingos, black Buck, gulls, teals, plover and terns. The wildlife enthusiast in you would surely be dazzled to encounter dolphins and turtles, which often come quite close to the shore.
Flora at Point Calimere Sanctuary
The diversity of habitats makes the vegetation of the Point Calimere
Wildlife Sanctuary quite diverse. This diversity ranges from dry
evergreen forests, salt marsh, mangrove vegetation to grasslands. Of all
the trees present in the forest, Manilkara hexandra and Salvadora
persica are the dominant ones. You can also spot some insectivorous
plants such as Drosera burmanii and D Indica. The marshy areas of the
shore are home to Salicornia brachiata and Sessuvium portulacastrum
while Calotropis gigantea, Prosopis chilensis and Pandanus tectorius
occur in elevated regions.
Fauna at Point Calimere Sanctuary
Point Calimere Sanctuary is most famous for its flamingos and
blackbuck. There is no end to your excitement at the sanctuary as you
get to spot a vast variety of water birds such as plovers, teals, terns,
gulls etc. Fourteen species of mammals have been reported from the Point
Calimere Sanctuary. The larger mammals include the blackbuck, wild boar,
spotted deer and jackal. Another interesting creature at the sanctuary
is the flying fox that resides in large groups on trees. The water birds
in the great swamp and the dolphins and turtles that often come quite
close to the shore are interesting to see.
How to Reach Point Calimere Sanctuary
The nearest airport is Thiruchirappalli, 225 km away.
Nearest Railway station, Thiruthuraipoondi is 42 km away.
Point Calimere Sanctuary is well connected with nearby areas and other
important towns through roads.