Sonanadi forest rest house is situated in the Sonanadi ecotourism zone of the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is an extended part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Sonanadi is blessed with amazing beauty of flora and fauna which is situated in the north of Sonanadi river.
This zone is the favourite place for Asiatic Elephant along with the Royal Bengal Tiger, cheetal (axis-axis), sambhar, leopard and reptiles. This is the only zone in Jim Corbett National Park where you are allowed to walk on foot inside the jungle at few key places. This zone also has a high population of venomous snakes and many carnivore wild animals so one needs to be cautious and should hire a professional guide while walking inside the zone.
Sonanadi zone covers 301.18 sq.km which covers mainly the prime forests of the Shiwalik Terai province. It was a part of Kalagarh Forest Division before becoming a sanctuary in 1991 under the Project of Tiger. Sonanadi consists dense sal and rich bamboo clusters in its forest areas and it is quite diverse in terms of wildlife. Sonanadi sanctuary consists of Sonanadi range which is a part of Jim Corbett National Park.
The Forest Rest Houses (or FRHs) available at Sonanadi are listed as following:-
1. Halduparao FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
2. Mudiapani FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
3. Pakhro FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
4. Rathuwadhab FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
5. Morghatti FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
There are all basic amenities (electricity by Solar panels and water etc) available in this FRHs but if you are looking for a luxury break then you will be disappointed and it would be better if you book your stay outside of National Park in a luxury Resort. Also, there is poor reception of cellular networks inside the National Park and you will not be provided any Wi-fi facility. Please keep these things in mind while visiting the National Park(especially while having a night stay).
At this zone FRH premises there’s no restaurant available but you will get a cook/caretaker with all the utensils, stove and gas available in a kitchen. You have to provide raw material to the cook and he will prepare you the meals whatever you ask for.
Note:- You will only get vegetarian food inside the National Park because Non-Veg food is not allowed inside the Park.
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with a surprise package loaded with various faunas, when it comes to the fauna part. The sanctuary is match 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 fauna 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 to 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 largest population of Tigers – Panther Tigris in the India. The rare sightings of Himalayan Black Bear and Albino Cheetal are also recorded in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can reach Sonanadi Sanctuary via Durga Devi Gate, Kalagarh Gate and Vatanvasa Gate. The entry timing to Sonanadi Zone starts from 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.
In winter season (October-February)
You will spot a variety of beautiful and unseen birds along side elephants and many other wild animals. For Bird lovers this is dream time of the year as you can see many unseen birds.
In monsoon season (July-September)
You should not visit the National park during this period of the year cause weather will not be favourable and there will be road blockages due to rain which will make it impossible to make through dense Forest.And due to these reasons Sonanadi Sanctuary remains closed during this period of time.
In Summer Season (March-June)
This time of year which includes March to mid of June is called summer season in our country.In summer season, the temperature gets very high as in day time, the temperature may go up to 40 degree c. So if you can enjoy your stay in jungle without air conditioning,cooler and all the luxurious items then this is also a beautiful season to visit and spot tigers.
Opening & Closing Timing of Sonanadi Zone
Sonanadi remains open for 15th of October to !5th of June. And beside this period it remains closed.
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