The Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) is native to the warm, humid areas of the southern Indian subcontinent. The species is known for the distinctive three stripes across its back and is also called the Three-striped palm squirrel. Highly adapted to urban life, these adorable critters are always seen around my house. They even venture to build their nests in the corners of the windows, gnawing at the wooden frame, much to our chagrin. Indian palm squirrels prefer to feed on nuts and fruits. They are also believed to eat certain insects and caterpillars etc, making them omnivorous. These critters are always busy, vocal and unlike other squirrels they do not hibernate. I have captured different actions of their busy schedule 🙂
Nestled amidst the beautiful Nilgiri hills, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, India, which is a top-rated tourist destination. Pykara is a river in Ooty with a village by the same name nearby. This is a beautiful village located amidst lush greenery and breath-taking sceneries accentuated by the gushing river, which attracts people from different corners of the world. The Pykara River is considered very sacred by the Todas, the tribals of the locality. It originates in Mukurthi peak, one of the highest peak of Western Ghats that border Ooty. Pykara is a favorite picnic location and is very popular with the movie makers.