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Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary

Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary, located in Thoothukudi district, is a biodiversity rich and ecologically diverse region. Maintained in the hills of Vallanad, this sprawling sanctuary houses innumerable animals, birds, and other wild creatures.

Flora and Fauna in Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary
The great diversity of flora and fauna in Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary is simply amazing. This dense scrub forest area houses Spotted Deer, Macaques, Jungle cat, Mongoose, wild hares and several other animals. The sanctuary was founded with the aim of protecting and nurturing Blackbucks in the country. As a consequence of extensive poaching and habitat loss, blackbuck populations have been reduced drastically. Today, blackbuck is an endangered species in India, and is included in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife Act.

Avian Population in Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary
For bird watchers there are many options in and around Thoothukudi. A major attraction just 22 km northwest of Thoothukudi is Mayura Thottam. It is a peacock farm situated at Ottapidaram. Mayura Thottam is spread over an area of 55 acres. A large number of migratory birds also visit this place every year during the breeding season.

When to Visit Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary
You can visit Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary during any part of the year. However prior permission to visit is required from the DFO, Tirunelveli Division, KokirakulamYou can stay comfortably in Tirunelveli, which has a good number of hotels.

How to reach Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary
By Air: Nearest airport is Madurai, at a distance of 165 km.
By Train: Nearest Railway station is Tirunelveli Junction, just 20 km away.

General Information
Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary is in a hill area lying between Thirunelveli- Thoothukudi Main Road. You can enjoy sightseeing of picturesque hills and forests in the area.

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