Thursday, February 28, 2008

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary




»Location : Idukki, Kerala
» Main Attractions :Giant Grizzled squirrel, Elephants, Spotted Deer
» Best Time To Visit :Throughout The Year Except In Monsoon Months
» Declared Sanctuary in :1984


Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species.Chinnar is the habitat of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Located in the rainshadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries, Chinnar has only 48 rainy days in a year.Dry deciduous forests, high sholas and wet grasslands are also found here. As one travels from Karimuthi to Chinnar Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Hanuman monkey and even Peacocks can be seen on either sides of the road.Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, it is spread over an area of 90,422 sq. kms. The undulated terrain with rocky patches adds to the scenic splendour of the sanctuary.
Wild Population of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

The main attractions of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are Elephants, Gaurs, Panthers, Spotted Deer, Sambhars, Grizzled Giant Squirrels, Hanuman Langurs, Peacocks, Star Tortoises and Travancore evening browns. Viewing The Wild - Chinnar Wildlife SanctuaryRecently erected watch towers rise high above the vegetation and permit a fascinating view of the game. Best Time To Visit One can visit the sanctuary almost throughout the year except during the months of October and November. Visiting time: 0700 -1800 hrs.
How to Get There

Air : Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, about 150 kms from Munnar.

Rail : Nearest railway station is at Ernakulam.

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