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.
- 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.
- 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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42.3% 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
Blissful serene atmosphere. There is a brook inside the forest. On the bank of this flowing stream there is a forest bungalow managed by Kerala govt forest Department. You can stay at night here. Most probably you will sight wild life like elephant, Gaur, Spotted dear coming to quench their thirst
Excellent by all means. And this is an unexplored tourist destination. The local people contribute their interest for the development of tourism. The Forest Department has appointed them as Guides, Cooks, Drivers, helpers etc through Eco Development Committees of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The tourists can stay in the hut, tree top or log house near the flowing river. 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.
One of a kind of an experience for people who travel to and from Munnar. The drive/ride itself is something which needs to be experienced and enjoyed. Govt of Kerala have set up a handful of stay options inside the forest, either u want a tree house or a small accommodation right in front of a huge waterfalls you have it.. and best of all it is affordable. There is also trekking and safari available.
I had really wonderful experience here. I meet my love from here for the first time. So I can't forget this place.
One of the favorite spot. We can really feel the forest. Ask for the experienced staff to assist...