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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Facts
Latitude and Longitude:
10 degree 15' - 10 degree 21' North and 77 degree 15' - 77 degree 17' East
Area: 90.422 square kms.
Altitude: 500 m - 2400 m above sea level
Rainfall: 100 mm
Temperature: 24 - 35 Degree Celsius in Summers, 18 - 30 degree Celsius in Winters
Tourist season: Throughout the year, except October, November 

Information about Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats. As a result, Chinnar gets only about 48 rainy days in a year during the months of October and November.

 

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

 Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
 Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
 Eravikulam National Park
 Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

 Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
 Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
 Peppara Widlife Sanctuary
 Periyar National Park
 Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
 Silent Valley National Park
 Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary occupies the forested region on either side of the Marayoor Udumalpet road. This sanctuary is the second habitat of the endangered giant grizzled squirrel in India.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala

 

This sanctuary offers the unique advantage of watching its fascinating wildlife at close quarters from the road without going deep into the jungles. The Marayoor sandal forest and the beautiful Thoovanam waterfalls are also located here. This sanctuary covers an area of 90.422 square km. However, the best time to visit this sanctuary is almost throughout the year, but the tourists are not allowed during October and November. The place is also ideal for boating and trekking.

Wildlife attractions in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

The major wildlife attraction in the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is the endangered giant grizzled squirrel. Besides this, some other wildlife animals found in this sanctuary are Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Spotted deer, Panthers, Sambars, Hanuman Langurs, Rabbits, Bonnet Macaque, Kraits, Spectacled cobras, Turtles, Vipers, Little cormorants, Darters and black eagles.

Vegetation in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

The vegetation in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary consists of the thorny scrub forest with Xerophytic species, dry deciduous forests and high shoals and wetlands. Some of the plants in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are Karivelam, Velvelam, Kallimullu, Sandal, Tamarind, Nirmaruthu, Pongau, Rosewood, Teak, Konna, Thanni, Nelli, Bhadraksham and Neelakurinji.

How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air:

The nearest airport is located at Coimbatore and Kochi (Cochin).

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is located at Pollachi, which is about 60 kms and Aluva which is about 200 kms.

By Road:

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is easily connected with Cochin and various other cities of Kerala.

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