Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1984, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the main attractions for the tourists coming to Kerala. Located in the rain shadow region of Western Ghats, the Sanctuary is spread over a vast area of 90,422 sq kms at the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district. Because of its location, the place witnesses only 48 days of rainy season, making rest of the days free for the tourists to visit and enjoy.
This unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species is the habitat of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. As one moves from Karimuthi to Chinnar, Elephants, Spotted Deers, Sambhar, tigers, gaurs, kraits, turtles, vipers, darters, black eagles, Hanuman Monkey and even Peacocks can be seen on either side of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The rock-strewn patches along with the rolled-up landscape add to the natural beauty of the place, making it an ideal destination for all animal and nature lovers.
Wet grasslands and dry deciduous forests characterize the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the other species of flora include Santalum album (Chandanam), Anogeissuslatifolia (Mazhukanjiram), Elaeocarpus recurvatus (Bhadraksham), Acacia arabica (Karivelam), Acacia leucofolia (Velvelam), and Strobilanthus kunthianus (Neelakurinji). Comfortable and luxurious accommodations are available in the numerous Hotels, Resorts and Lodges in the area.
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