Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar

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Enter the realm of the world’s largest population of grizzled giant squirrels and mugger crocodiles at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, a thorn scrub and sandalwood forest sheltering over 200 species of wild animals, including rare white bison, otherwise known as albino gaur. The mixed deciduous forests with high shola trees provide excellent trekking opportunities, with numerous observation decks allowing you to observe elephants, gaurs, spotted deer, and grey langurs. You can also take a jungle safari to explore the sanctuary in comfort. Stay in Vasiyappara ethnic huts, or even Koottar treetop houses near swamps to enjoy good views of the area. Before you head to Munnar, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Munnar itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Munnar has to offer, including Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
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184 reviews
  • August 17, 2017
    I knew we would not be able to see any wildlife. Our interest was more in pre-historic rock paintings and burial sites. Also the four km trek. There are only a few dolmens within the reserve. The rock...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    There is fee for entry. A guide will come with us. A watch tower is there and a tree house also. If you are lucky you can see wild animals. A rare species of tortoise is there. One more thing.. Beware...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    We paid the fees at a small office and didn't know exactly what to expect, because the place didn't look like a typical safari place. Soon, two guides in their official uniform came along with long st...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    Wonderful driving experience through this beautiful sanctuary. Nice place for nature lovers. Awesome place to visit. Trekking waterfalls and camping facilities available here.
  • July 16, 2017
    Nice trekking inside the woods. Guides are well experienced. You may be a solo traveller or a group of 500 students, they will take you inside the forest. There are two options here. First is the trek to Thoovaanam waterfalls which takes 3 km walk from the guide stand, so a total of 6 km trek inside the forests. You can also have a nice bath in the falls, if the water level is low. Second is the trek to the burial sites and cave drawings in monoliths by the pre historic people (probably Mesolithic or Neolithic people) which takes 2 km (total of 4km trek) walk from the guide stand. Burial sites are about 2500 years old while the cave paintings are about 5000 years old. There is another big burial site, which is 10 km away from the stand. Vehicles are arranged if you want to see that. All the trek modes cost ₹200 with ₹20 for water and ₹5 for biscuits. So you are charged a total of ₹225. There may be animal sightings however that depends on your luck. Beside these, there is also night camping which costs around ₹3000 to ₹3500 for a couple of persons. Food is prepared in the camp and a guide will accompany the stay.
  • May 24, 2017
    Adventurous place. Its least likely that animals shall be seen on roads. Thrilling experience if no vehicles are seen + if we feel that we heard Elephant' sound.
  • July 12, 2017
    such an awsome place..this place does not have any celluar connection and hotels..we can stay deep inside in the forest.. that would be a great experince for us..
  • May 28, 2017
    Excellent place to visit for mountain goats. None other facilitation by forest authorities. All in vain. But visit once.

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The hillside retreat town of Munnar has a welcome range of accommodations, with some making the most of the pleasant rolling hills that surround, and other simpler options allowing more budget-conscious visitors the opportunity to enjoy the landscape here. The modest town center features a number of basic guesthouses, as well as eco-lodges and hotels ranging from standard to luxury. The surrounding areas hide a number of pleasant rental cottages and guesthouses, as well as campsites close to the main hill stations.
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