Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Idukki Wildlife Sancthary Located at an altitude between 450 and 748 m above sea’ level, this sanctuary covers a total area of 105 sq km. Spread over the Thodupuzha and Udumbanchola taluks, it includes a 33-sq-km scenic lake formed by the three dams – Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu. A charming canopy of dense tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests fringe the lake that surrounds this protected area on three sides. Wildlife found here include herds of elephants, tiger, barking deer, bear, wild boar, sam bar, wild dogs, jungle cats, and a large concentration of various species of snakes, Including cobra, viper, python, krait, and numerous nonpoisonous ones. The sanctuary is home to a variety of bird species and the extensive reservoir here attracts a lot of aquatic birds, such as ducks and cormorants. Small groups of tribals, the Adivasis, dwell in the higher areas of the sanctuary. Visitors are taken around in boats. The best time to visit is from November to March.

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