Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

About Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucked between the two grandiose sanctuaries namely Corbett and Rajaji National Park, the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary or Sona Nadi Wildlife Sanctuary also known as ‘Sonandai’ has come up as a popular tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. Sonanadi that literally suggests ‘the river of gold’ received its name from the gold panning that was carried in the river, before the area became a sanctuary. 

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over 301.18 square km area consisting of dense thickets in the Shiwalik Terai biotic province. River Palain and Mandal are the two sparkling streams of this sanctuary. Bespeckled with thick forests of Sal, Sheesham and Bamboo trees, the Sonandi Wildlife Park is one of the famous tourist spots in Nainital that shouldn't be missed at any cost.

In Jim Corbett National ParkIt can be accessed from Vantanvasa gate, Kalagarh, Kotdwar & Durgadevi Gate
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Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in Corbett National Park

History of Sonanadi Wildlife Sactuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was founded on January 9, 1987, and is associated with ‘Project Tiger’ that dates back to 1973. Corbett National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary comprise the Corbett Tiger Reserve which boasts the second largest population of Tiger-Panthers in the world.

Wildlife at Sonanadi Sanctuary

The pastoral wildlife heaven of Sonanadi Sanctuary is a home to Asiatic Elephants, Tigers, Cheetal, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard and reptiles. The avifauna found in the sanctuary attracts many bird lovers towards it, there are over 550 birds living in their natural habitat. The rich fauna at Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary represents approximately 6% of the total bird species in the world. Some of the bird species that you can see in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary are Thrushes, Pheasants, Hornbills, Warblers, Flycatchers, Wall Creeper, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Emerald Dove, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Brown Fish Owls and many others. One can also savour the diverse flora found in the region, including some rare medicinal plants along with some endangered varieties of herbs and shrubs.

Jeep Safari at Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

To have a thrilling wildlife experience in the wilderness of Sonanadi, you can book an elephant or jeep safari that is only possible in Sonanadi zone. Here you can spot various animals in their enclosed environs. One can book tickets in advance from the Ramnagar office. The Sonanadi Zone is open for tourists from October 15 to June 15 and is closed during Monsoons.

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

Accommodation at Sonanadi Sanctuary

For having a nostalgic stay, the tourists can take shelter at the Forest Rest Houses available at Lohachaur, Rithuadhab and Halduparao. 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of November to April.

Location of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in In Jim Corbett National Park ( It can be accessed from Vantanvasa gate, Kalagarh, Kotdwar & Durgadevi Gate).

Location & How to Reach Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the heart of Corbett National Park. Due to its large area, this wildlife zone can be accessed from diffrents gates of Corbett. Some of them are situated in diffrent districts of Uttarakhand like Vantanvasa gate, Kalagarh, Kotdwar & Durgadevi Gate. 

Read How to Reach guide for Corbett National Park.

What is Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary famous for?

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is popular place for following activities/ interests - Bird Watching, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, Safari, Wildlife Tourism.

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