Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is an important tourist destination of Idukki
Location : Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district.This Sanctuary is located just 60 km from Munnar.
About Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place for wildlife lover. It is located in the rain shadow region of Western Ghats. In year 1984, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary was established. It is one of twelve Wildlife Sanctuaries among the Protected areas of Kerala. This Sanctuary covers an area of around 90sq.kms and It is the second habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel in India. At the last world count these were less than 200 in number.
With an area of 90.422 sq kms, Chinnar has the peerless barbed scrub forest with Xerophytic species. This Sanctuary represents a large number of plants and animals unique to the thorny vegetation. The beautiful rocks along with the vegetation covers lend an enchanting look to the ambience. This beautiful sanctuary enriched with rich collection of flora and fauna pleases all viewers eyes.
The sinuous territory with rocky patches increase the scenic grandiosity of the sanctuary.The dense vegetation and beautiful rocks gives an aesthetic look to the place.
Flora in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary : This Sanctuary has the 965 species of flowering plants. Some of the common species of flora found here are strobilanthus kunthianus (neelakurinji), acacia leucofolia (velvelam), arabica (karivelam), santalum album (chandanam), elaeocarpus recurvatus (bhadraksham) etc.
Fauna in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary : There are 34 species of Mammals live here. Some of the common are : Panthers and Spotted deer, Indian Elephants, threatened Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Common langur, Bonnet Macaque, Tigers, Sambar Deer, Hanuman monkey, vulnerable Rusty-spotted Cats and about 240 of the only vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrels. Chinnar has recorded the largest number of reptilian fauna in Kerala including the mugger crocodile. The famous and extremely rare white bison has been recently reported.
Best time to Visit : You can visit this Sanctuary throughout The Year Except In Monsoon Months
Time to Visit : You can visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary from 7 am to 6 pm.