Tripura, this tiny land- locked state, has a wide variety of forests and wildlife, which can prove attractive enough for the tourists and the inquisitive.

Rowa, Sepahijala, Trishna and Gumti are the four sanctuaries in this state. There is a vast water reservoir covering approximately 300-sq. km. in Gumti. This reservoir attracts many resident and migratory birds. Rowa presents ample scope for a Botanist’s study. In Trishna, there are patches of virgin forests, which are rich in rare vegetation. The crab eating Mongoose, which were last sighted about 72 years ago in India, has been rediscovered in Sepahijala.

For visiting Rowa, accommodation is available with Forest Rest Houses at Dharamnagar, Juri and Pecharthal, for which the DFO, Northern Division, Kailasahar is to be contacted. For Gumti, Forest Rest House at Gandachara, Tourist Lodge at Tirthamukh and PWD Inspection Bungalow at Jatanbari may be available.

Elephants are among the animals in sizeable numbers found in Tripura, apart from wild buffaloes, bison, pigs, deer, including the barking variety. A number of reptiles are also seen in Tripura and the state is also rich in birds.

Sepahijala: More than 150 species of residential birds are found here. Winter brings here a flock of birds. An Orchid Garden, a Botanical Garden and a Zoo make Sepahijala a Tourists’ delight. Variety of wildlife and unshackled scenic beauty plus rubber and coffee plantations are worth- seeing. Elephant joy- rides and boating facilities are added advantages.