Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary along the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu is a protected area for Tiger Reserve. This area is quite significant in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and has one of the highest density of Tigers with about 28 reported tigers in the 1,411 sq. kms. protected wildlife corridor. This Sanctuary acts as a link between Western Ghats and the rest of the Eastern Ghats and adjoins Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur National Park.
Incedently Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is also the largest habitat of Indian Elephants with as much as 850 counted in last census. Other animal species found in these forests are Indian Gaur, Leapords, antelopes such as potted deer, Blackbuck, Barking deer and Sambar deer. Also wild boar, Sloth bear and hyenas.
Sathyamangalam is scheduled to become a tiger reserve in near future and is awaiting a confirmation from the Tamil Nadu state government.
Accommodation can be found at Government Guest House in Hasanur and Government cottages in Dhimbham.
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary also used to be the hideout of infamous bandit Veerapan - known for kidnapping celebrity actors, poaching, sandalwood smuggling, ivory smuggling etc. He was caught and killed in 2004.
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