Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
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Brief

To get a look of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel, one must visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary near to Kochi, the state capital of Kerala state of India. This sanctuary is protecting the 200 such animal at present time. Unlike other parts of Kerala, this place receives 2 months of rainfall every year because of its presence under the rain shadow area. The area is under the grip of rich deciduous forest, the favourable place for the trekking lovers.

The sanctuary is high in eco-diversity by storing 965 type of flowering plants under its region. There is a watch tower offering lustrous panoramic view of the surrounding area to the tourists. A river flown within the sanctuary is creating the waterfall deep inside the forest. Spotted deer, elephants, sambar, common monkey, peacocks, gaur, panther are other lively creatures staying around this area. Crocodiles are spotted in the river also.

Situated in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is amongst the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala. The sanctuary is just 60km from Munnar city, and the Rajamally-Udumalpet road cuts through the sanctuary, dividing it into almost two equal parts.

 

 
Travel Tips

Best time to visit the sanctuary is October to November. Though it stays open throughout the years.

Keep emergency medicines all the time.

Carry light cotton clothes in grey shades which can create camouflage.

Avoid littering the area with plastic bags or chemical materials.

Do not create loud noises or talk in loud voice. This will create distraction in the animal’s mind.

Avoid going to the area which is restricted.

There are no food and water found in this area. So visitors must carry their own food and bottled water.

Carry repellent creams to avoid the stings of the insects.

Carry emergency medicines and kit always.

A permission is required to enter the sanctuary and go up to the waterfall.

Chinnar to Chullipetty and Chinnar to Koottar are two of the mostly used trekking paths.

Do not go into the river.

Keep off all type of flashes of mobile camera and video camera.



When to visit

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Things to do

To get a look of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel, one must visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary near to Kochi, the state capital of Kerala state of India. This sanctuary is protecting the 200 such animal at present time. Unlike other parts of Kerala, this place receives 2 months of rainfall every year because of its presence under the rain shadow area. The area is under the grip of rich deciduous forest, the favourable place for the trekking lovers.

The sanctuary is high in eco-diversity by storing 965 type of flowering plants under its region. There is a watch tower offering lustrous panoramic view of the surrounding area to the tourists. A river flown within the sanctuary is creating the waterfall deep inside the forest. Spotted deer, elephants, sambar, common monkey, peacocks, gaur, panther are other lively creatures staying around this area. Crocodiles are spotted in the river also.

 
Getting Around

The best way to explore the area is by foot only. There are no other means available.

 
Places to Stay

Tourists can book in advance a stay at any of the forest department options at Chinnar.

 
How to Reach

  • There are no airports near to the sanctuary. Cochin Airport is connecting this part of the country with other major metro cities of India.
  • Nearest major rail head is Aluva.
  • Chinnar is 60km from Munnar. It takes two hours to navigate the hill road.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Marayoor Sandalwood forest is the most attractive surrounding place of this region other than the waterfall. There is a megalithic burial sites of a tribal community at the Dolmen which can be visited by trekking only.

 
Important Numbers

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • The Wildlife Warden, Munnar division, Munnar-685612. Ph: 04865-231587; Email: emppmunnar@sify.com
  • The Wildlife Warden, Idukki Wildlife Division, Idukki, Vellapara, Painavu P.O, Kerala-686 603, phone: 0486-232271
  • The Assistant Wildlife Warden, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Marayoor P.O. via, Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala.