Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kerala Backwaters

The backwaters of Kerela is a unique product of Kerala and is found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian sea. The backwaters of Kerela are a self supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable The largest backwater stretch in Kerela is the Vembanad Lake which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi Port. The Astamudi lake, literarlly having eight arms, which covers a major portion of Kollam district in the south, is the second largest and is considered the gateway to the backwaters.

The most exciting thing on the backwaters of Kerela, however, is the kettuvallom ( traditional houseboat ) which has become the most popular tourism product in India today. In a land as waterbound as Kerala it wouldn't be an unusual sight, but for a visitor to God's Own Country a houseboat gliding along the vast green expanse of the backwaters is the most amazing spectacle in the world. Even more enchanting is a holiday in the houseboats of Kerela.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


18. The Walking Shark

16. Nyctimystes sp. 

14. ET Salamander
13. The Conservation International (CI) Blattodean
12. Fish-hook Ant
11. Gola Malimbe
10. Dragonfly Platycypha eliseva
9. The RAP katydid
8. Pseudancistrus kwinti
7. Strumigenys tigris
6. Paracheilinus nursalim
5. Goliath Bird Eating Spider
4. Emperor Scorpion
3. Pinocchio Frog
2. Chinchilla Tree Rat

1. Tube-nosed Fruit Bat

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wild Animal Tracking for Preschoolers

Get your preschooler outdoors in the winter by going animal tracking. Wild animals are around even though you may not see them. Many wild animals, such as the Red Fox, deer, and mice, come out at night or when there is no one around. Although you may never see these animals, you can tell where they have been by what they leave behind.

Animal tracks (footprints), tree scarring, and scat (animal droppings) are signs that wild animals have been around. Take your preschooler on an adventure to search for the wild animals that might live in your neighborhood.
Step One

First, you must have an idea what you are looking for. If you are unfamiliar with wild animal tracks or what wild animals might be in your area, check out eNature.com and insert your zip code in their Local Nature Zip Guide. This guide will give you lists of mammals that are native to your area. The guide provides pictures of tracks to look for. Print pictures of a few of the tracks on your eNature.com list.
Step Two

Second, dress your preschooler for the weather and get an early start. Walk around your neighborhood looking on muddy, sandy, or snowy areas where tracks will be easier to see. Also look for scat. Even if you can’t identify the scat, it is a clue that you might find tracks nearby.
Step Three

Finally, take pictures of the tracks you see so that you can keep a record of what you saw and identify the tracks at home. Keep a record of any tracks you see so that next time you go for a tracking walk with your preschooler you can review what you have seen before.

This activity relies on your ability and access to a computer. If you do not have access, your local public library will likely have a good wild animal book.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rajasthan Wildlife

Why Rajasthan
The royal state of Rajasthan is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife. The topography of Rajasthan ranges from the desolate desert, dry & deciduous forests, rocks and ravines to wetlands and lush, green forests. And each of these areas inhabits a large variety of animal and bird life within there boundary. Some of the faunas sheltering there are rare while some are endangered.

Rajasthan is home to several floras and faunas. Some of the natives found here are - tigers, black bucks, chinkara, the rare desert fox, the endangered caracal, the great Indian bustard, gavial, monitor lizard, wild boars, porcupine. The winter season is the most flourishing season and it invites numerous migratory birds from far of places. Some of the migratory birds flocking into this region during winters are - common crane, ducks, coots, pelicans and the rare Siberian cranes, imperial sand grouse, falcons, buzzards.

Key Factors
Zone : North India.
Location : To the Northwestern corner of India.
Capital : Jaipur
Best Time to Visit : Most of these areas are open to visitors round the year but are closed briefly during the monsoon. But the best time to visit is during November to March.
Travel Tips : Consult your doctor before you start your journey to Rajasthan. Make sure that you have all the required documents to visit Rajasthan India Wildlife.
Book a tour to Rajasthan
Get There
Airport : Jaipur (the state capital)
Railways : Each part of Rajasthan is well connected by railways.
Road : There are well defined roads in Rajasthan.

Stay There
There are numerous accommodations in Rajasthan. The range is exhaustive. The range include - heritage, luxury, deluxe and budget hotels. There are government run hotels also, providing some exquisite variety of facilities and services.

Venture Around
Some Wildlife Sites you can visit in Rajasthan
Typical areas representing each of the ecosystems have been reserved as special areas wildlife. Rajasthan boasts of two National Parks, over a dozen Sanctuaries and two Closed Areas, some of which are world renown.

The Major Ones
Ranthambhore National Park: This is the state’s most well-known tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Home of an expansive variety of other animals in is 392 sq km area, one can spot sambhar, cheetal, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, hyena among others. Artificial lakes, dense forests and the shield of the Aravallis have helped to make this park very impressive and interesting.

Sariska Tiger Reserve : Sarsika is another tiger land in Rajasthan which was included in the Project Tiger in 1979. Other than leopard, sambhar, nilgai, wild dog, and chinkara, the ruins of 9th and 10th century temples exist here.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park : Also known as the Bhartapur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park was declared a National Park in 1983. The 29 sq km park is one of the world’s greatest heron nesting and breeding centre. Its shallow, fresh water marsh invites thousands of migratory birds from far of places of the world. Over 10,000 nests of egrets, darters, cormorants, grey herons and storks hatch nearly 20,000 to 30,000 chicks every year. There is a diverse variety of migratory birds. Mammals like the sambhar, blackbuck, chital, nilgai, fishing cat, otter and mongoose also roam freely here.

Desert National Sanctuary : This park was established in 1980. It is a massive park spanning on an area of 3162 sq km. It has shrubs and trees in addition to rolling sand dunes. The wildlife stock here comprises fox, desert cat, hare, spiney tail uromastix and sand fish. Thousands of sparrows, imperial sand grouse, bustards, falcons and eagles migrate here during the winter.

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Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary : The majestic fort of Kumbhalgarh overlooks the 578 sq km sanctuary. The Aravallis hills, which remain barren for most of the year, turns green during the monsoons and provide shelter to sloth bear, leopard, flying squirrel. It is also the only sanctuary where the Indian wolf is breeding successfully.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary : The lake and forested hills of this reserve, 32 km from Bikaner on the Jaisalmer road, are inhabited by wildfowl, hares , wild boar, desert foxes and a number of deer and antelopes including blackbucks and bluebulls. The lake at Gajner invites water birds in thousands. Imperial sand gouse migrates here in winter. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, houses the former Hunting lodge of Bikaner and has a beautiful lake bounded by a fat forest.
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Darrah Sanctuary : The previous hunting ground of the Kota Maharajas, Darrah Sanctuary was established in 1955 and covers an area of 266 sq km. This hilly sanctuary with its thick forests is an ideal place to visit. The faunas here include wolf, sloth bear, chinkara and leopard.

Mount Abu Sanctuary : Established in 1960, this provides shelter to the common langaur, wild boar, sambhar and leopard. The highest point of Aravallis, the Guru Shikhar, lies in this 289 sq km sanctuary. The grey jungle fowl can also be spotted here. Besides, a number of flowering trees heightens the beauty of this place.

Jaisamand Sanctuary : Located beside the man-made Jaisamand Lake, the sanctuary was established in 1957. Covering a total area of 160 sq km, it harbours sloth bear, leopard, chital, chinkara, wild boar and a number of birds. Some crocodiles and fish can also be spotted here.

Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary : It was established in 1983 and covers a total area of 229 sq km of scrub and dry deciduous forest. Leopards, chinkara, sloth bear can be spotted here.

Other sanctuaries in Rajasthan include - Sitamata, Darrah, Chambal, Tal Chapper, Jamwa Ramgarh, Kaila Devi, Van Vihar, Ramgarh, Shergarh, Todgarh-Rad and Jawahar Sagar.

Additional Punch
When you are in Rajasthan, you can not abstain from its charm, as it is just irresistible. The grandeur, the colour, the history, the rustic and traditional villages, and the modern development has created a very appealing potpourri of attractions. There are numerous places of interest in Rajasthan which will keep you absorbed through out your trip. The palaces, the forts, the havelis, the sand dunes, the mountains, the lakes and the mosaic of vibrant colours worn by its people have captivated travellers from all the corners of the globe.

Some Places you can Visit
Jaipur : Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh. The city is a fine blend of old and new. When you approach the city you will be surrounded by the pink walls of the buildings around you, which were painted pink to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities. Jaipur boasts of several attractions, some of the which are - the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (The Wind Palace), Amer Fort, etc.

Jaisalmer : The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside world, even during the days of the Raj. Very few cities can boast of the magnificence that surrounds Jaisalmer. The Major attractions are - The Jaisalmer Fort, the Sam Sand Dunes, Camel Safari.

Udaipur : One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert. The Major Attractions - The City Palace, the Lake Palace.

Few Difficulties
It is difficult to travel Rajasthan during the summers. There is scarcity of water almost everywhere. Commuting to remote areas are too difficult.

People generally speak their local language, the educated one can speak English. The terrain is rugged and the summers are too dry, as compared to other parts of India. You may face difficulty in finding your kind of food. Except from some luxurious hotels, you may not find your choice of food.

Few Suggestions
Drinks lots of water and juicy fruits. Eat food from an authentic restaurant. Avoid the meal which is too spicy. Carry enough clothes. Don't get into any unknown or illegal activity. Do not disturb the local culture and local atmosphere. Try to be well informed about the routes and the place you are going to visit. Contact us when and where needed, while on a wildlife India Tour.

If you want more information on Wildlife India Tour then get back to us, whenever needed. Let us know your requirements, so that we can make your trip to India Wildlife completely exceptional and exciting.

Wildlife By May Month

Why May
The month of May is not very much appreciable in India, as the temperature is not favourable enough to roam around. May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of the seven Gregorian months containing 31 days. May is the mid of the summer season, so the atmosphere is not very exciting. The only exciting thing is the pulpy and sweet mangoes which starts arriving in the market, captivating numerous tourists and visitors to India. After savouring this relishing fruit you will surely jump to delight.

But, if you are planning to visit the Wildlife India in the month of May, you will not get disappointed, as almost all the major Wildlife destinations are open through out the month. Even though, it would be advisable that you visit those areas, which are most comfortable in the sizzling month of May.

Venture Around in the May
This is the month when you can venture where you want. The climate though not very satisfying, will not be an obstruction on your route. Either visit the wildlife or any other attraction, the month of May will never dissatisfy you. And, if you have some pulpy mangoes in you hand, then the entire trip will become too juicy.

Some Wildlife Sites You can visit in India :
Searching for the Man-Eaters?
Where are those "Man-Eaters of Kumaon", which were mentioned in the Jim Corbett's book - "The Man-Eaters of Kumaon." Of course in the Corbett National Park, which is fully prepared to offer you that exclusive glimpse of those elusive creature for which you were striving for years. Close to Himalayas, the Corbett is easily accessible from the national capital, New Delhi. If you have landed in New Delhi, then Corbett will be your most ideal wildlife destination.

Corbett National Park, Uttranchal 
This is the jungle of man-eaters. You must have understood who they are - of course the tigers. Isn't it heart shaking? Don't get frightened, if you have made up your mind to observe those furious creatures, then take an Elephant ride, as the tigers will not dare to combat them. Seeing the wildlife from the top of the Elephant's back is highly advantageous and tasteful.

Corbett is situated in the state of Uttaranchal in North India, which is home to animals like - leopards, jungle cats, fishing cats, leopard cats, Himalayan black bears, martens, spotted dees, langurs, etc.

Nearby Attractions : Taj Mahal is very close to Corbett National Park. You can also take a glimpse of the national capital New Delhi.

Head Towards the Himalayas
The Indian Himalayas boasts of some very exquisite sights of the wildlife India. If you are here in the month of May, these will be the ideal wildlife destinations for you.

Tiger The Great Himalayan National ParkNanda Devi National Park and The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh boasts of two most eye-catching wildlife sanctuaries in India - Nanda Devi National Park and The Great Himalayan National Park. Surrounded by some bewitching mountain ranges, both the wildlife parks are verdant enough to enthrall you.

The Nanda Devi National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Himalayas. It is overshadowed by the peak of Nanda Devi, which rises to over 7,800 m. The rich vegetaion and the luxuriant surroundings are exceptional in this area. The Fauna section of the park will present animals like bharal, Himalayan tahr, serow, goral, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, brown bear, leopard, common langur, Himalayan musk deer, and brown beer dominate the park area. There are nearly 80 species of birds in this area. Warblers, gresbreaks, rose finches and ruby throat are commonly seen here.

Go further north and you will discover the most unique and eye soothing sight of The Great Himalayan National Park.
The National Park with an area of 620 sq km is caved out of the fantastic mountain terrain of the Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It is also one of the largest protected area of the state. Among the animals you will meet here are - musk deer, ghoral, thar, bharal, serow, brown bear, leopard and snow leopard. Bird life includes a variety of colourful Pheasants- Monal, Khalij, Cheer and Tragopan.

Nearby Attraction : If you are in Himachal Pradesh, then there is nothing which you should miss, as entire Himachal is salubrious and relaxing. This will be a nice break from the most tiring summer trips.
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Wilds In the Paradise on Earth
Yes, you are right - it is Dachigam National Park in the extreme northern state of Jammu & Kashmir in India. A tour to the wilds of the Himalayas is the best idea to avoid the sizzling sun of May. The tour to Jammu & Kashmir will keep you away from the burning heat of the plains in India.

Dachigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir
Dachigam National Park is the best known of all the sanctuaries present in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the extreme north of India. Formerly, an exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kashmir, it was declared a national park in the year 1951, due to a strictly imposed conservation programme, to preserve the Hangul population or the Kashmiri Stag.

Nearby Attractions : Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Leh Ladakh will truly spellbind you.

Hunting for the Rhinos?
Coming down towards the east, you will be captivated by the spectacular wildlife sights of the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. A drive away to the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, amidst the beauty of the Terai is totally enthralling.

Deer in Royal Chitwan National Park, NepalRoyal Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Royal Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first and most famous national park is situated in the Chitwan Doon or the lowlands of the inner Terai.
This ecologically diverse area is the last remaining home in Nepal for more than 300 of the endangered Asian one-horned rhinos and harbours one of the largest populations of the elusive and rare Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides Rhino and Tiger, Chitwan also support a great variety of flora and fauna. There are four species of Deer, including the Spotted Chittal, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Dog, Small Wild Cats, the white stockinged Gaur (world’s largest wild cattle) and many other smaller animals.

Nearby Attraction : Mount Everest, the largest peak of the world.

Go Further Beyond the Eastern India
If you are still not satisfied and searching for more, then don't be disappointed, as India has lots more for you. Reach out to the northeastern part of India, housing some very exquisite landscape, making home for some very rare and endangered species of the wild.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam
If you are hunting for Rhinos, then this is the place for you. Kaziranga supports the largest number of rhino in the subcontinent. The Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctruary is home to the great one horned Indian Rhino, about 900 in number. Apart from Rhinos, it is also famous for Indian Elephants.
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Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
The beautiful forests possess great biodiversity of flora and fauna. Namdapha is Botanist's dream and there is a lot still to be discovered. The park presents a great bio diversity of flora and fauna. The lush green under growths are thick and networked like cobwebs of canes, bamboos, wild bananas and variety of vegetations The grandeur of the wet tropical rain forest is a breeding ground for varieties of animals and birds which is notable and worth seeing.

Nearby Attractions : Tipi Orchidarium at Arunachal Pradesh, Kamrup Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati (Assam), the mighty Brahmaputra river.

Add On
If you are still looking for wildlife then here are some excellent choice.
Elephant SafariDudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Jammu & Kashmir
Govind Sagar Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh
Hemis High Altitude National Park, Jammu & Kashmir
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Periyar National Park, Kerala
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

Few Difficulties
May is the month of sizzling Sun, not very ideal time to visit the Indian plains, so, you might face some problems on your way. You might be trapped by the heatstroke, Sunstroke and numerous other sun borne and water borne diseases. Basically, you might get attacked by stomach problems.

Few Suggestions 
Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest hours, and make sure you drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids to balance the loss of body fluid through perspiration. What you drink must be safe - either soft drinks from sealed cans or bottles, or water which has been boiled or is bottled. Carry protective creams suitable for your skin type, which will help protect unavoidably exposed parts of the body. Stay out of the scorching sun, use what shade there is at other times, and cover up with a wide-brimmed hat and tightly woven but loose clothing.

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