Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar wildlife

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous reserve spread over an area of more than 90 sq. km and is located in Idukki district which comes under Devikulam Taluk. In 1984, it was recognized as a wildlife sanctuary which lies in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats. This is the main reason behind Chinnar getting rain only for about 48 days each year during the months of October and November when the Northeast monsoons shower.

Prime Attractions in Chinnar The giant grizzled squirrel, an endangered species finds its habitat here along with other fauna like tigers, elephants, bonnet macaques, gaurs, Kraits, spotted deer, spectacled cobras, sambars, turtles, vipers, little cormorants, darters and black eagles. This place also serves as a good spot for boating and trekking.

Fauna & Flora There are varieties of trees in the Chinnar sanctuary which mostly consist of the unique thorny scrub forests with Xerophytic species. The sanctuary’s flora mostly consist of dry deciduous forests, thorny scrub forests, high sholas and wet grasslands. It is a place which is lush green with beautiful valleys. The flora that are predominantly found here are Acacia Arabica (Karivelam), Acacia Leucofolia (Velvelam), Santalum Album (Chandanam), Anogeissuslatifolia (Mazhukanjiram), Elaeocarpus Recurvatus (Bhadraksham) and Strobilanthus Kunthianus (Neelakurinji). The rocky terrains and brilliant topography offer us a scenic spectacle. Between December and April would be the best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

How To Reach There The Cochin International Airport is the nearest to the sanctuary. From anywhere in Kerala, the sanctuary can be accessed via roads. Kottayam has the nearest railway station. One can also reach the place from the Ernakulam railway station.

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