Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is considered unique in the whole of the Western Ghats due to its ecological, geological and cultural importance. The grizzly giant squirrel is the star attraction here, as is the white bison, although to a lesser extent. Chinnar also has the richest reptilian fauna, in addition to a treasure trove of medicinal plants and an entire forest of sandalwood, ‘Contiguous to the Eravikulam National Park and the Indira Gandhi Hildlife Sanctuary, the terrain of this park is highly undulating, with varying altitudes. Although it is located in the rain shadow area, nearly 1,000 species of flowering plants are found here. Chinnar is also rich in avian diversity and the calls of 225 species of birds have been recorded in the sanctuary. Other animals found here include the spotted deer, rusty spotted cat, wild dog, barking deer, bonnet macaque, porcupine and the wild boar. Larger mammals include the sambar, gaur and the elephant. Trekking options abound.

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