Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Pambar River in Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
Pambar River in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is in Idukki District of Kerala State in India. It is a protected area as per government order. It is bounded on one side by Eravikulam National Park and other sides by Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is part of Anamalai ranges in Western ghats. The Chinnar River and River Pambar are the major water resources in the sanctuary.

Thoovanam waterfalls is a major beautiful waterfall inside the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

34 species of Mammals live in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, which includes  Panthers,Tigers ,Indian Elephants, Gaur,  Sambar Deer, Spotted deer, Common langur, Bonnet Macaque,  threatened Nilgiri Tahr, Hanuman monkey, vulnerable Rusty-spotted Cats. The Sanctuary has about 240 numbers of the most vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrels as per the  last count.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Thoovanam Waterfalls

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is heaven of  fauna. Many species of  birds including Bulbulls, are there among the 245 species of birds found here. Reptile species number around 52, which includes 29 species of snakes. Endangered species of Indian Star Tortoise are found here. Also found are the largest population of vulnerable Mugger Crocodiles in the state.  Many species of fishes including endangered hill stream game fish Deccan Mahseer are found among those 42 fish species here. Amphibian species of 22 varieties are found in the  Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Butterflies number to 156 species.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in flora. Flowering plant of 965 species are found her. Marayoor Sandalwood, a rare sandalwood, is found here.

Trekking, Walking along the river banks, etc, are allowed.

How do I Go to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Nearest town is Devikulam in Idukki District, which is well connected by roads to other nearby cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. Nearest airport is Cochin International airport at Nedumbrassery. The nearest major railway stations are Kottayam, Cochin and Aluva,

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