Tripura, one of the "Seven Sisters" in the North-east India is marked for its rich culture and pristine natural beauty. The perennial beauty of hills, verdant valleys, breathtaking lakes and waterfalls mixed with the architectural wonders of palaces, temples, etc. make this state a pride of the country. The rich bio diversity of the state, its flora and fauna and the flushing meadows are famous. The hot and humid weather is favorable for the wild animals and the floral vegetation. Gumti wildlife sanctuary is one of the most renowned sanctuaries in the state that houses a wide range of wild animals.
Wildlife of Tripura:
There are 4 wildlife sanctuaries in Tripura like Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary, Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary, Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary and Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary. The hot weather of the state blended with adequate amount of rainfall during monsoon is favorable for the growth of a wide range of floral species. 54.5% of the total area of the state is covered by forests. A considerable number of faunal species including spectacle monkey and crab eating mongoose, that was sighted almost 72 years ago in India can be found.
The Gumti sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in the state. If you are interested in knowing some important details about it, then the following will help you a lot.
The name of the sanctuary has been derived from the Gumti River that originates from Dumboor in India and enters Bangladesh where it is known by the name of Padma River.
Area and Location:
Located in the hilly terrains of South Tripura district, this sanctuary is marked for its lush greeneries. It encompasses an area of 389.54 sq km. Thus it is one of the largest sanctuaries in north-east India.
The sparkling water body that slowly runs across 300 sq. km presents a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Gumati wildlife sanctuary is marked for its rich bio diversity. It is one of the important sanctuaries that dot the jungle-clad terrains of Tripura. Floral species include several medical, therapeutical and botanical species. Many botanical researchers visit the sanctuary because of the availability of these species.
If you like the slow walk of the big elephant, the roar of tiger, the shrill cry of the barking deer, then the sanctuary would be a haven for you. You will find sambar, bison, elephants, wild goat, sarow, etc.
Besides these, a number of reptiles and birds can also be found. Since the establishment of the sanctuary, it has been attracting waterfowls. Different residential and migratory birds get attracted towards the mesmerizing water reservoir. Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), a Vulnerable species and Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) a nearly Threatened species can be spotted in considerable numbers.
Best time to visit:
There is no ideal time to visit the sanctuary. You can visit at any time of the year. Summer is generally hot and humid. The monsoon season is from the months of June to September. Winter is generally cold, stretching from December to February.
There are a good number of hotels in Agartala and Udaipur. For a luxurious experience, you can accommodate in Ginger Hotel or Rajdhani Hotel in agartala. Other hotels are Gumati Yatri Niwas, Matabari Pantha Niwas, Raima Tourist Lodge, Rajarshi Yatri Niwas, Sagar Mahal Tourist, etc. which are run by Government. If you want to go for private accommodation, then Royal Guest House, Welcome Guest House, Hotel City Center, etc. are the best.
How to reach the park?
- By Air: The nearest airport is Sigervill airport that is located in Agartala, 100 km away. It is connected to Guwahati, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, etc. You can take private vehicle from the airport to reach the park.
- By Road: You can take buses from agartala that takes you to Matarbari. From Matarbari you can reach the sanctuary directly via Ambassa and Gandachara or via Amarpur- Jatanbari.
- By Railway: In the recent past, railways have been introduced in the state. So you can board the train from Silchar or Guwahati to reach Tripura.
There are excellent opportunities for eco tourism in the state. So come enjoy the glory of nature while watching the rare wildlife in Gumti wildlife sanctuary.