SONANADI FOREST LODGE ONLINE BOOKING

Location: Ramnagar Nainital (Uttarakhand)

SONANADI FOREST ZONE 4.5

The region has FRHs (Forest Rest Houses) 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 (Corbett Tiger Reserve) accessed from the. Durgadevi gate ahead of Ramnagar, The FRH of Kalagarh can be approached short 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.

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, Sonanadi range is blessed with amazing beauty of flora and fauna. Situated in the north of Sonanadi river, this zone is favoruite place for Asiatic Elephant along with 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 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 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 housed 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.

Sonandi Zone – Winter Safari Timings

Morning Safari : 07:00 am – 10.30 am
Evening Safari : 02.00 am – 5.30 pm

Sonandi Zone – Summer Safari Timings

Morning Safari : 06:00 am – 9.30 am
Evening Safari : 03.00 am – 6.30 pm

Accommodation Details of Sonanadi Forest Lodge

  • Halduparao(FRH)-Double Bed
    Room Type: FRH(Double Bed)
    Location: HALDUPARAO
    Entry Gate: Vatanvasa Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 50 km
    No. of Rooms: 2
    Restaurant and Canteen: Yes
  • Rathuwadhab(FRH)-Double Bed
    Room Type: FRH(Double Bed)
    Location: RATHUADHAB
    Entry Gate: Vatanvasa Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 65 km
    No. of Rooms: 2
    Restaurant and Canteen: Yes
  • Mundiyapani(FRH)-Double Bed
    Room Type: FRH(Double Bed)
    Location: MUDIAPANI
    Entry Gate: Vatanvasa Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km
    No. of Rooms: 2
    Restaurant and Canteen: Yes

Accommodation in Durgadevi

Durgadevi gate is the entry gate to this zone, which is located at the distance of 28 km from the nearest city of Ramnagar which makes it the farthest zone from the Ramnagar. This zone has also a forest rest house named Lohachaur forest house where tourists can enjoy the night stay and get the utmost experience of the dense raw forest. In order to enjoy the day Jeep safari or the night stay in the forest rest house, the tourists have to obtain the permit to enter the park. It is better to get the booking done in advance as there is a huge rush of tourists in the park, especially, on weekends and holidays. The Durgadevi Zone is open for the tourists from 15th October to 15th June every year. During the monsoon season, the park is closed for any tourism activity.

Nights Stay

There is no Night Stay Accommodation is available in Durga Devi Ecotourism Zone yet.

FLORA & FAUNA

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 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.

FOOD AND OTHER SERVICES

The compound has its own restaurant and canteen, where buffet meals are served with a variety of good quality food at affordable price.

SAFARI IN SONANADI

The visitors can go for an Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari. Both facilities are provided in the Sanctuary. Prior bookings are required for Jeep safari. Tourists can also go for a forest trail with armed guard. This can prove to be real thrilling experience of a life time. Sanctuary is located near Corbett National Park, and tourists can expect to see Asiatic Elephants, Tigers and many other species in their natural Habitat.
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.

OPEN & CLOSE TIME

Open Time: The Sonanadi Safari zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve remains open for tourists from 15th October to 15th June.

Close Time: Sonanadi Eco-tourism Zones remains closed for night halts and Day Visit from 16st June to 14th October.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Bijrani gate opens from 15th October every year but forest lodge accommodation facility is provided from the 15th of November to the 15th of June.

HOW TO REACH SONANADI

Tourists can enjoy a wildlife safari to Sonanadi Zone by taking Elephant safari and Jeep safari from SonanadiGate, 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.

SAFARI FORMALITIES

  • Visitors must be carry entry permits with ID document, which mentioned in permit.
  • Day visit Entry permit for Dhikala Zone is only permitted for the tourists staying inside the forest rest house
  • Entry permit to the Corbett National Park is provisional and it can be cancelled or changed without any prior announcement.
  • Entry permits belongs to you not transferrable for others.
  • Entry to the forest area strictly prohibited after sunset

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