Garampani Wild Life Sanctuary
Garampani WLS is one of the oldest sanctuary of Assam. It is located in the Karbi Anglong area. Garampani in local language means ‘hot water’ and the Wildlife Sanctuary by this name is famous for its hot springs and waterfalls. The sanctuary is rich in its bio-diversity. Some rare birds can be seen in this sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to hoolock gibbons and golden langurs.
The Wild life sanctuary can be accessed through Dimapur airport in Nagaland which is 55 kilometers away. The Jorhat Airport is also nearby, 85 kms from the Sanctuary. The road connectivity is provided through National Highway 39, Guwahati being about 6/7 hours drive. The Furkuting rail Junction is just 20 kms from the sanctuary. The junction is well connected with other places of Assam and rest of India. Golaghat, the nearest town, is about 25 kms away.
The area of Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary is relatively small, just about 6.05 sq. kms. The sanctuary is full of rare and endangered flora and fauna. The climate of this sanctuary is moist tropical. The vegetation of the santuary is tropical semi-evergreen.
Flora and Fauna
The Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary provides habitat to a wide variety of wild animals & birds. The mammals population of the sanctuary include the Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Sambar, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, Pig Tailed Macawue, Rhesus Macaque, Chinese Pangolin, Civet, Indian Fox, Mongoose etc. Common reptiles in the forests include the Python, Cobra, Monitor lizards and a variety of amphibians.
The common bird species in the forest include – Red Jungle Fowl, Kaleej Pheasant, different species of Hornbill, Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Racket tailed Drongo, Myna, Jungle Myna, Hill Myna, Blackhooded Oriole, Parakeet, Dove, Drongo, Bulbul, Minivet, Eagle, Kingfisher, Woodpecker, Barbet, Owl, Brown Fish Owl etc.
Places around Garampani WLS
The Kaziranga National Park – It is located 65 kms away from the sanctuary. more
Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary – Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary is another wildlife sanctuary in the Karbi Anglong area, 10 kms from Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary, it is spread over 37 sq. kms. The Sanctuary is home to more than fifty rare species of Orchid.
Golaghat town – Golaghat town and its attractions such as Dr Robin Banerjee’s museum is 25 kms away from Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary. more
Neghereting Shiva Temple – Located 55 kms away from the sanctuary, on a hill top, the Neghereting Shiva temple is surrounded by lush green tea gardens and is a popular picnic spot. This ancient temple was built by Ahom kings.