Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Address: Udumalpet Road, Amaravathi R.F., Kerala 642102, Munnar, India
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Family And Kids, Nature

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary - Review

Unfurl your finger and let the animal free. Do what experts do. Be a part of the research team who look after the animals in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn why this sanctuary is a migration path for some birds. Smell the blooming wildflowers of the wetlands and admire the beauty of nature. Watch a vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrel leaving a trail of its winding path. Train your ears to separate species. Is that a Yellow Throated Bulbul or a Bonnet Macaque?

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the rain shadow region of Western Ghats of Kerala. It represents a large number of plants and animals unique to the thorny vegetation. Due to the significant variation of altitude, it has a wide array of habitats. Deciduous forest, dry thorny forest, and sholas are entwined with plains, hillocks and rocky cliffs. The sanctuary provides microhabitats for wide-ranging form of life. There is an extensive sandalwood forest nearby the sanctuary, which is an added attraction.

Chinnar has about 1000 species of flowering plants and a wide variety of medicinal plants. 225 species of birds have been recorded and 34 species of animals. It is an abode of reptilian fauna and the richest in Kerala in terms of the number of species. The riverine forests along Chinnar and Pambar support a healthy population of Grizzled Giant Squirrel. The famous ‘white bison of Manjampatti’ has been recently reported from Chinnar. Indian Star Tortoise and the largest population of vulnerable Mugger Crocodiles in Kerala live in the Sanctuary. There are 42 species of fish and 156 species of butterfly. The sanctuary plays host to the second largest population of Grizzled Giant Squirrels in the world.

It has eco-tourism activities, jointly organized by Forest Department and the Eco Development Committees of the local tribal communities. The eco-tourism facilities include river trekking, or trekking to the cultural site. There is nature trail to the watch tower, and a trek to the Thoovanam falls. They also have interpretation activities and medicinal garden, tree house at Chinnar, trekking and camping at Vasyappara. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Munnar Itinerary 3 Days.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Information

  • They have separate charges for trekking and different hours.
  • They have tree house (single/double Rs1000/1250) or hut stays (single Rs1500 to Rs2500, double Rs1800 to Rs3000) within the sanctuary.
  • Get all the information from the Information Centre in Munnar.
  • Best time to visit is between the months of October to November.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket Prices

  • Foreigners: INR 150
  • Local camera/video INR 25
  • Foreigners camera/video INR 150

Restaurants Near Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Saravana Restaurant: South Indian
  • Hotel Sri Nivas: Indian
  • Bethel Varkis B&B: Indian
  • Rapsy Restaurant: Indian, International

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TripHobo Highlights for Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Address: Udumalpet Road, Amaravathi R.F., Kerala 642102, Munnar, India
  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Timing: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary(preferred time): 07:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

  • 79.58% of people who visit Munnar include Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in their plan

  • 33.85% of people start their Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

People normally club together Lakkam Waterfalls and Kannan Devan Tea Museum while planning their visit to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar Reviews

  • Visited the place in January and one of a kind experience it was! Kudos to Kerala Wildlife Department for maintaining the place in its state uncontaminated by capitalism. Spent a night atop a tree house and was the best experience of my life. A must visit place. They arrange food for you and bring it to your place and a guide stays with you for your protection and take you on safaris. Can buy organic products hand craft and produced by the indigenous people of the mountain. Simply takes your breath away.

  • A wonderful atmosphere hard to find in the summer... Really loved there... Friendly people in the surroundings... Many scenic views and waterfalls... Even trekking is allowed. One good ride up the hill...

  • It's a good wonderful place in's well maintained and clean. Tree top huts are available for tourists it's once in a life time experience. You can easily spend a day in here. Treak into the forest the pleasent or cold weather it's just fun

  • Do yourself a favor and avoid this place. We wasted a solid 4 hrs visiting this one. There is absolutely nothing worth seeing here and the place is hotter than an oven during summers. If you were to spot a deer you would be lucky. However if you are taking the road via this to Munnar after 6 PM there is a chance to spot animals on the road.

  • Excellent by all means. And this is an unexplored tourist destination. The local people contribute their interest for the development of tourism. Still I feel there is a lack of communication skills. Please note that it will take its own time to overcome this forms of undulating nature.

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