Sonanadi Safari Zone

A famous tourist spot of Nainital, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name because of the gold panning that was carried out in the river before it was converted into a sanctuary. It is conveniently nestled between two grand sanctuaries viz. Rajaji National Park and Corbett National Park.

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Sonanadi Nature Sanctuary, a renowned tourist destination in Nainital, derives its name from the gold panning activities once conducted in the river before it was designated as a sanctuary. Situated conveniently between the majestic Rajaji National Park and Corbett National Park, this sanctuary is a gem for nature lovers.


The sanctuary is blessed with two main streams, River Palain and River Mandal, whose crystalline waters flow through the lush forests adorned with Bamboo, Sal, and Sheesham trees, captivating every traveler's gaze. Accessible from Kalagarh, Vantanvasa gate, Durgadevi, and Kotdwar, Sonanadi offers a tranquil retreat amidst nature's bounty.


Established in 1987, this sanctuary shelters a diverse range of flora and fauna, from majestic Asiatic Elephants to elusive Tigers, graceful Cheetals to stealthy Leopards, and an array of reptiles. With an estimated 550 species of birds, Sonanadi is a haven for birdwatchers, boasting 6% of the world's aviary population.


Notably, it harbors the second largest population of Panthers and Tigers globally. Beyond its charismatic megafauna, Sonanadi also preserves rare medicinal plants and endangered shrubs, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.


The sanctuary welcomes visitors from October 15 to June 15, closing its gates during the monsoon season. For those seeking a rendezvous with nature's wonders, Sonanadi Nature Sanctuary promises an unforgettable experience.

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