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The region has FRHs in both the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Domunda Tourism Zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Halduparao, the only FRH in the Sonanadi Sanctuary and can be accessed from the Vatanvasa gate. The FRH at Kanda is in Corbett National Park. The FRHs of Morghatti and Pakhro are on the periphery of the Sonanadi Sanctuary and can be approached from Kalagarh and Kotdwar. The FRHs of Lohachaur, Rathuawadhab, and Mundiyapani are in the Domunda Tourism Zone of CTR accessed from the. Durgadevi gate ahead of Ramnagar, The FRH of Kalagarh can be approached shortly of Ramnagar while that of Mohaan is 3okm ahead of Ramnagar. Sonanadi Sanctuary is spread over 301.18 sqkm of prime forests of the Shiwalik Terai biotic province. Sonanadi literally means the river of gold. Gold panning used to be carried out in the river before the area became a sanctuary. The Palain and the Mandal are the perennial streams of the sanctuary. Historically, it was carved out of Kalagarh Forest Division. It was brought under the umbrella of Project Tiger and became a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in 1991 and also a part of Project Elephant. There are no villages inside the sanctuary. The forests of Sonanadi are remarkable for dense sal and rich bamboo clusters besides other species and is teeming with wildlife. The sonanadi range is located in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett National Park. Developed as a natural habitat of wildlife animals and birds, the Sonanadi range is blessed with the amazing beauty of flora and fauna. Situated in the north of Sonanadi river, this zone is a favorite place for Asiatic Elephant along with the tiger, cheetal, sambhar, leopard, and reptiles. Visitors can also enjoy over 550 of birds in their natural habitat.
Lohachaur, Rithuadhab, and Halduparao are some Forest Rest Houses in the Sonanadi range available for night stay. Safari options like Jeep and elephant are available to enjoy wildlife at Sonanadi Range. Tourists are advised to pre-book entry ticket for a Safari in Sonanadi Zone. One can pre-book entry tickets from Ramnagar office. Sonanadi Zone is open for visitors from 15 October to 15 June and closed for the monsoon. There are several safaris operated during a day in Sonanadi zone.
Sonanadi zone falls on Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is the only zone in Jim Corbett where tourists can walk on foot but richly house by non-venomous snakes of different kinds. Popular mammals in the region are tiger, leopards, and elephants. Tourists can take wildlife safari on jeep around Sonanadi zone observing the wild beings at proximity and enjoying the enchanting beauty of greenery and nature.
Sonanadi Zone – Winter Safari Timings
|Morning Safari – 07:00 am||Morning Safari – 10:00 am|
|Evening Safari – 02:00 pm||Evening Safari – 05:30 pm|
Sonanadi Zone – Summer Safari Timings
|Morning Safari – 06:00 am||Morning Safari – 09:30 am|
|Evening Safari – 03:00 pm||Evening Safari – 06:30 pm|
An attraction of the Jim Corbett National Park Sonanadi Zone
Accommodation at Sonanadai Wildlife Sanctuary
Forest Rest Houses are available a Halduparao at Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary located between the rivers Palain and Sonanadi, Loha chaur and Rathuadhab.
Flora and Fauna of Jim Corbett Sonanadi Zone
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with a surprise package loaded with various faunas when it comes to the fauna part. The sanctuary is matched with the typical North Indian tropical forests.
The plant life of the sanctuary is rich in different species of Sal, Sheesham, Semal, Bakli, Aonla, Jamun, Kanthber, Figs and along with medicinal plants and some endangered species of Herbs and Shrubs.
The Wildlife reserve is the shelter to about 600 types of resident and migratory birds. The diversity of avifauna in Sonanadi Sanctuary represents approximately 6% of the total bird species in the world. The profuse gathering of bird species in the sanctuary offers a prospect to view 150 species of birds in a limited visit in
Sonanadi Sanctuary. The kinds of Birds normally seen here are, Thrushes, Pheasants, Hornbills, Warblers, Flycatchers, Wall Creeper, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Emerald Dove, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Brown Fish Owls, etc.
Mammals found in the wildlife sanctuary are Leopard, Sambhar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral, Otter, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten and Sloth Bear. The giants like Elephants and Tigers are favorites among the visitors. A large display of reptiles like Python, Monitor Lizard, King Cobra, Different kind of Turtles, Gharials, Mugger, Mahaseer, and Indian Trout etc.
Corbett National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary together comprise the Corbett Tiger Reserve which hosts the second largest population of Tiger-Panther Tigris in the world. The rare sightings of Himalayan Black Bear and Albino Cheetal are also recorded in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Open and Closed Time for Sonanadi
Open:- The Durga Devi Safari zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve remains open for tourists from 15th October to 15th June.
Closed:- Durga Devi Ecotourism Zones remains closed for night halts and Day Visit from 16th June to 14th October.
How to Reach Jim Corbett Sonanadi Zone
Tourists can enjoy a wildlife safari to Sonanadi Zone by taking Elephant safari and Jeep safari from Durga Devi Gate, Kalagarh Gate, and Vatanvasa Gate.
All gates are well connected by road and visitors can book a Safari from Ramnagar office of Park authorities of Corbett National Park.
- Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Flight / Train Tickets
- Extra Meals (Additional food charge ) or Drinks
- Tips, Telephone Charges, Laundry, Room Heater
- Travel Insurance
- Any monument fees, Any other expenses of personal nature
- Guide Charges.
- Sightseeing which is not mentioned in the Tour Programme.