Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary

ChimminiEstablished in 1984, this sanctuary covers an area of 85 sq km on the western slopes of Nelliyampathy. With its dense forests, varieties of birds and butterflies, innumerable trekking trails and extensive lake, it is a nature lover’s delight. The park shares a. border with the Peer hi Vazhani and Parambikkulam wildlife sanctuaries. The dense foliage and rivers provide en ideal habitat for a vast variety of epiphytes and flowering plants. Wildlife here includes the endangered lion-tailed macaque, tiger, and leopard, besides other species such as the mongoose, wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, porcupine, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri langur, slender loris and elephant. Altitudes range from 40 m at the dam site to 1,116 m atop the highest peak, Pundimudi. Hith more than 160 species, it is a haven for bird and butterfly watchers. The Forest Department organises trekking and bamboo rafting trips, the highlight being the Moonlight Sonata rafting on full moon nights.
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