Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is located about 60 km from Munnar in Idukki district. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only 48 days of rain every year. Rich in wildlife, the mixed deciduous forests make Chinar ideal place for trekking in Kerala. An extensive Sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction at Chinnar. Chinnar is home to the rare giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. As one travels from Karimuthi to Chinnar, elephants, spotted deer, sambar, Hanuman monkey and even peacocks can be spotted on either side of the road. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a prominent reserve extending to an area of more than 90 sq km, and came to recognition as a world life sanctuary in 1984.