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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Foreigners: INR 150
- Local camera/video INR 25
- Foreigners camera/video INR 150
- Saravana Restaurant: South Indian
- Hotel Sri Nivas: Indian
- Bethel Varkis B&B: Indian
- Rapsy Restaurant: Indian, International
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40.55% of people who visit Munnar include Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
32.35% of people start their Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews & Ratings
The best riding experience that i had. The first time that I had taken a bike ride through the hills or the forest. Can't explain the excitement and thrill that we had. If you are lucky you can have sighting of wild elephants, deer, etc. Though we were so as we spotted a deer right across the road on our return where it was late around 7.00 pm. It was so big that it looked like a horse and it fled the next moment it sensed us. The roads are also good with reflectors along side the driveway.
Best place for wildlife lovers. Person who loves adventure and hiking in the forest can go here. But it's not a better idea to take kids with us. Tree house and log house are inside the forest. But we need to reach them only by Walk. Animals like gaur,chittal,and many can be seen by going.even elephant and tigers are able to be seen by chance
Trekking for 6 kms Adventures trip, don’t take ages people they may tired quickly.. You can see wild animals like buffalo, elephants, Birds, deer’s Security will fallow you and they will guide entirely,they will charge 225/-per person. Carry some good snacks, water Better energy bars, chocolate Minimum luggage is better/small back pack Take good dslr for good photography
If your car get punctured inside the forest with the road span of 10kms, u have to be brave to face the thrill. While I returned I saw a car with the punctured tyre was standing with family members, few elephants also was standing near the car approximately 10 metres. So after 5pm the drive with family is your choice.
Wonderful place to visit. A place filled with tranquility. Pure oxygen and absolutely no other noise other than mother nature's. You need to trek in the hill for about 4 kms from the foothills. Suggest carry a stick and wear trekking shoes so that you don't slip in the rocks. Carry only absolutely what is needed as only you have to carry your belongings. Take drinking water with you and a torch light. Binoculars will help you to see animals that are far off. Elephants and Indian Gaur can be sighted without much issues. If you are lucky, you may see other animals. The accommodation in the hill top is basic in nature and don't expect big. That's how one needs to be in a jungle too.