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Chinnar Wildlife Santuary

Location: Kerala

Main Wildlife Attractions: panther,Tigers,chital, Hanuman monkey,threatened Nilgiri Tahr,Sambar Deer

Coverage Area: 90.44 sq.kms

Established: 1984

Best Time to Visit:December to April

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Kerala is increasingly gaining momentum as a popular tourist destination all over the world. Showered with an eternal sunshine, Kerala - God's own country is all nature lovers' paradise. The lush tropical evergreen rain forests still largely miraculously unspoiled in Kerala, support a rich array of land, marine and avian wildlife. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary on the Western Ghats makes an excellent holiday for wildlife enthusiasts.

Wildlife at Chinnar

The endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel hails from these forests. Apart from that tigers, elephants, gaur, deer, sambar, are the other vertebrates that can be spotted. Among reptiles, watch out for Spectacled cobra, krait, viper. The black eagle, little cormorants and darters dot the skyline at Chinnar.

Vegetation at Chinnar

The vegetation at Chinnar consists of dry deciduous forests, thorny scrub forests, high sholas and wet grasslands.


Owing to its position on the rain shadow slope of the Western Ghats, Chinnar gets about 48 days of rain during the Northeast monsoon in October November.

How to Reach

Chinnar is well connected to other places in and outside Kerala by road. The nearest Railway station is at Pollachi (60 km).

The nearest airports are a Coimbatore and Cochin.