Kurinjimala Sanctuary is also another famous tourist attraction of Idukki. Throughout the year many visitors visit this place
Location : Kurinjimala Sanctuary is located at Vattavada villages in Devakulam Taluk, Idukki district of Kerala
About Kurinjimala Sanctuary
Kurinjimala Sanctuary is famous for a blue flower and it is known as Neelakurinji. The name of the sanctuary is derived from the word Kurinjimala, which means the mountain of Kurinji flowers.This Sanctuary preserves the Neelakurinji plant in an area of around 32 km, which is an endangered species. On October 7, 2006, this place was declared a sanctuary by the Kerala Forest Minister Benoy Viswam.
This Sanctuary also offers shelter to endangered animals like tiger and niligiri thar. The grizzled giant squirrel, elephant, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, gaur, sambar deer and pigeon can also be spotted in the sanctuary.
Flora and Fauna : In this Sanctuary you see the sholas and montane grasslands and these grasslands interspersed with Nilakurinji and Shola forests in the Valleys. Here you also see the Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri tahr and Sambar deer, gaur, pigeon many more.
Other Sanctuary : Some Other Sanctuary or National Parks are closed to Kurinjimala Sanctuary such as Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Pampadum Shola National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park.
Main Attraction of Kurinjimala Sanctuary Idukki : In the month of October, the forest department organises a Neelakurinji Festival for tourist and local people every year. During this festival you see the beautiful Neelakurinji plant.