Deep in tiger country; Jaideep Sen; The New Indian Express

India – Sundarbans National Park

HYDERABAD: The Sundarbans National Park is not the nearest biosphere for enthusiasts to access from South India. As annual wildlife census operations are underway closer home, at the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu, for instance, droves of campers are setting out to scour the forests of Thalamalai, Asanur, Bhavanisagar, Thalawadi, TN Palayam and Germalam, in the hope of tracking the big cats, while doing their bit for conservation.

Similar activities are being conducted at the Anamalai Reserve in the Western Ghats, in the hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore and the Tiruppur District of Tamil Nadu. While Periyar in Kerala, Nagarhole in the Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka, and the former royal hunting grounds of the Mysore Maharajas, Bandipur, are favoured destinations.

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