Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary on Nelliyampathi Hills
Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and national park on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi Hills, in Thrissur District, Kerala state, India. It has an area of 85.067 square kilometers.
Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984. It lies west of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Kurumali River and Mupliam rivers are the main rivers flowing through this national park cum wildlife sanctuary. Chimmony Dam, across Chimmony river is also situated in this wildlife sanctuary.
About half of the large mammals in the state of Kerala are found in this Wildlife Sanctuary. It includes y some of the globally threatened species such as tigers, Asian elephants and wild dog. Some of the other engendered species are lion-tailed macaque, Indian giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur and slender loris.
This wildlife sanctuary has 160 species of birds. This Wildlife Sanctuary also has 14 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles and 31 species of fishes.
Malaya tribe, the sole tribal community living close to the wildlife sanctuary, is taking part in the Eco-tourism projects inside the sanctuary. 52 tribal families are there.
How Do I Go to Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary?
Office of The Wildlife Warden of Peechi Wildlife Division is situated at Peechi. Pin code is 680653. Entry permits are issued from this office.
Thrissur town is at around 39 kilometers from the wildlife sanctuary.
Chimony Wildlife Sanctuary is headquartered at Echippara. Accommodation is available at the Goverment Inspection Bungalow, situated near Chimmony Dam.