The park has been set up on about 70 acres of over-used land that was transformed into a forest over the course of 23 years. The Coimbatore Zoological Park and Conservation Centre (CZPCC), a non-profit society floated by PSG Education group managing trustee G Rangaswamy, bought land close to Silent Valley, bordering Kerala. CZPCC began conservation activity only in 1992.
CZPCC did research to transform land that was once used for brick kilns. Being in the foothills of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the attempt was to recreate the same habitat of evergreen, moist deciduous, dry deciduous, rain shadow and thorn forests.
Initially, the project faced some resistance from tribals who said the area was part of their ancestral grazing grounds and fencing it off would curtail their rights. Over the years, though, seedlings of more than 520 species of local plants from the Western Ghats were sown and more 1.25 lakh saplings raised. These have now grown into trees three metres tall. Bio-diversity park to have herb garden
1.5-kmlong forest trail for visitors, on which they can spot small animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and other invertebrates, as well as endemic plants. We have more than 120 species of birds that have made the park their home. There are migratory birds as well.
NBNP has successfully restored and helped growth of many different vegetation types - over 430 species of 25,000 plants of which 85 species are found only in NBR. It is interesting that nearly 30% of these 85 species are endangered in the wild..
There is a Nature Trail (about 1.2 km) at the NBNP on which the visitor can experience the joy and thrill of seeing some of the rare plants, birds, snakes, butterflies and insects. There are 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians, 18 species of mammals, and 300 plus Invertebrates.
How to Reach
From Coimbatore 28 KM
Mettupalayam road - Thadagam Road - Kanuvai - Anaikatti - NBNP
If you go by bus:
From Anaikatti 1 KM walk.
Visitng Hours: 9 AM TO 5 PM
Adults : RS. 50 Children above 5 YRS : RS. 35
More details visit their website: http://www.nbnaturepark.com/