Sprawling across the area of 90 sq. km Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 18 km north of Marayoor on SH 17 in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is unique protected areas due to its ecological, floral, topographical and cultural significance. The habitat types in the sanctuary ranges from high altitude shoal grasslands to dry thorny scrub. The sanctuary is contagious to Eravikulam National Park to the south, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu to its north and Kodaikanal wildlife sanctuary to its east. Thus the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary forms the total protected area of 1,187 sq km that comprises Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is under the consideration by the UNESCO world heritage sites.
The main sources of water in the sanctuary include the Chinnar and Pambar Rivers. There are 11 tribal settlements inside the national park with the main inhabitants of Muthuvas and Pulayars tribes. Cultivation of maize, ragi and lemongrass is practices in these settlements. The animal reserve has 34 species of mammals, 245 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians and 42 species of fishes. On a wild life tour to Kerala Chinnar is a must visit destination.
Best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary
The best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary is between October-November.
Major attractions of Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary
Visitors can indulge in various fun filled activities at the animal reserve. They can enjoy nature walks, camping, bird watching, trekking etc. They can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the place by visiting the Thooyanam waterfalls.
How to reach Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary
By Air:-Nearest airport to the Chinnar animal reserve is at Nedumnassery in Cochin.
By Rail:-The nearest railway station to Chinnar animal reserve is at Pollachi which is 60 km from it.
By Road:- Munnar-Udumalpet road that passes through the sanctuary divides it into more or less equal parts. Munnar itself is a major tourist attraction of Kerala is just 60 km from the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary.
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Kerala Wildlife sanctuaries
|Peppara Wildlife sanctuary||Neyyar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Shenduruni Wildlife sanctuary||Periyar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Idduki Wildlife sanctuary||Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Parambikulam Wildlife sanctuary||Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Waynad Wildlife sanctuary||Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary|
|Thattekad Bird Sanctuary||Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary|
|Silent Valley National Park||Eravikulam National Park|