Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the western valley of Nelliampathy in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Some part of this sanctuary is located near the Peechi Vazhani sanctuary and the rest of the part is located near the Parambikulam sanctuary. The sanctuary was established in 1984 and occupies the watershed areas of the Kunumali and Mupliyam rivers and is encircled by the hills. There is a dam constructed across the Chimmini River at 75 m above the sea level. Consequent on the construction of Chimmini dam, an artificial lake has been formed here. This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 75 square km and the lake covers an area of 10 square km. The vegetation here comprises of the evergreen forests, semi evergreen forests and the leaf shedding trees. Some of the mammals found here are Leopard, Elephant, Bear, Wild Pig, Wild Bison, Tiger etc. The highest point, the Punda peak (1116 m) is located on the eastern side of the sanctuary. It is an idyllic getaway to wildlife where nature enthusiasts can find rare species of flora and fauna.