Wild India – Tripura

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The state of Tripura, with a geographical area of 10491 square kilometres is predominantly hilly and is surrounded on three sides by a deltaic basin of Bangladesh. Almost two thirds of the state is under forest cover. This offers excellent opportunities for eco-friendly tourism.

Here is a list of national parks and wild life sanctuaries of this state.

 

Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Picturesque Gumti sanctuary having 390 square kilometres is located at south-east corner of Tripura.

Attractions: A very large variety of birds including winter visitors are found in the Gumti reservoir. Semi-evergreen and evergreen pockets of forest with almost 230 species of plant varieties exist in this sanctuary. The sanctuary has virgin forests and are catchment areas of Gumti & Khowai Rivers.

A high concentration of primate species call this sanctuary home. Of them the Hoolook Gibbon, Slow Loris, Capped Langur and Phayres Langur are endangered. It is also home to Elephants, Leopards, Barking Deer, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. Large Whistling Teals and Burmese sub-species of Sarus crane have also been sighted in this sanctuary.  

Best Time to Visit: October to May.

Things to do: Nature trails, bird watching and safaris.

 

Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Covering an area of about 200 square kilometres, the Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura is a rich in vegetation and fauna. Trishna Wildlife can be approached either from Belonia in the south or from Sonamura in the northern part of the state.

Attractions: Forest types of the sanctuary are classified mainly into four types; Semi Evergreen Forest, East Himalayan Lower Bhabar Sal, Moist Mixed Deciduous Forest and Savanah Wood Land.

The Trishna Sanctuary is diverse in flora and fauna stock. Wildlife safari tours will encounter with famous Bison locally known as “Gaba” and several species of primates. Some of the species found here are Indian Bison, Spectacle langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Lalmukh Bandar, Capped Langur, Wild boar, Wild cat and Leopard.

Several bird species are found inside the sanctuary. Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Red Jungle Fowl, White Breasted King Fisher, Indian Black Drongo, Tailer Bird, Jungle Myna, Parrot, Eagle, Hornbill and Doves are some of the inhabitants of this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: February to April and September to November.

Things to do: Safaris, nature trails and bird watching.      

 

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Encompassing an area of about 15 square kilometres, the sanctuary is located 35 kilometres from Agartala on Agartala-Udaipur road.

Attractions: The sanctuary has numerous primates and birds calling it home. As many as five different kinds of primates including the Rhesus and Pig-tailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Spectacled Langur and Slow Loris are found here.

Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Civets, Barking Deer and Wild Boar as well as 100 species of birds, including Waders and Waterfowl are permanent residents of this sanctuary.

During winter lots of migratory birds visit the sanctuary. Lesser Whistling Teal, White Ibis and Open Billed Stork are some of the prominent visitors here.

The Clouded Leopard National Park is also a part of this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: February to April and September to November.

Things to do: Trekking, nature trails, bird watching, safaris and boating.