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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar
(3.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • we took the night safari to this place, and it is a great place to visit. we did see deer, bison, and lots of monkeys, sadly we did not see the elphants that day, though we saw them elsewhere, 
  • Very good sanctuary to see in Munnar where you can spent 4 to 6 hours with possibility to see some animals. 
  • I did a short trekking of 2 hours in the Park, very nice, but no animal in the day. Prefer a trekking so early in the morning or in the evening. Moreover, they offer rooms in the Park, quiet, which should certainly allow to see more animals! However, if you are based in the old Munnar in Munnar even not worth the same trip if the road to reach it is very beautiful!
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  • 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 of monolithic 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.
  • Chinnar is another nature's abode where wildlife thrives with full vigour and beauty. The forest department organised camping, tracking and stays in forest at reasonable rates. Pambaar, a small forest river runs through the sanctuary with beautiful Thoovanam waterfalls in between. The guides are good and hospitable people. A site with ancient rock paintings is also available for visit with appointed guide. Don't miss it, if you happen to cross this area.
  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Anamalai forests are Kerala's and Tamil Nadu's ranges of the same forest. One of the places where I had always been lucky in spotting wildlife. Though Dec-Jan is the best season to spot wildlife, we didn't want to spare a chance to try out my luck during Sep. On the way back from Kodaikanal to Kochi, we decided to drive through Chinnar forest. Was again lucky enough to see Elephants, Peacocks, Indian Gaur and Spotted deers. Try driving as slow and as quiet as possible. Do visit the watch tower. Though early morning (6-8Am) and evening (4-5 pm) would be the best time to spot wildlife from the tower, it is worth taking a chance and trying it during hours in between too. Official timing of the watch tower is from 8AM to 5 PM. But if requested on previous day, guides will support early morning visits to the watch tower. Note: Be careful if you see elephants near the roadside. Do not provoke by sounding horn, raising speed etc.
  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 18 km north of Marayoor on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor panchayats of Devikulam taluk in the Idukki district of Kerala state in South India Great place. Trekkings were a nice experience.. Friendly officers. But cant stay in the road when we are passing. Because of animal crossings for our safety and also for the safety of forest it is done so. Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is famous for its eco-tourism activities, jointly organized by Forest Department and the Ecodevelopment Committees
  • The one and only rain shadow forest with tropical Savannah type. Since its location is in the leeward , sandwiched between Anamalais and Palani hills, this forest has rich biodiversity. The sanctuary is home for the largest rock art corpus in Western Ghats. It possess hundreds of dolmen, intact chamber burials etc like archaeological remains. To explore its biodiversity and archaeological wealth you should be guided by a local expert guide, walking safaris for multiple days. To enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife , a walking safari and jungle camp is enough. Shinnar is an ideal spot for birders. It is home for yellow -throated bulbul , spot bellied eagle owl etc like rare birds. It is the one and only home for Grizzled Giant Squirrel, star tortoise, tufted gray langur etc in Kerala. The camps are basic with bare facilities. Guides provided by the department are very good in spotting animals, but poor in communication due to language barrier. Choose this camps, only if you admire nature. Though the sanctuary provided day treks through out day time all the year, it is advisable to choose treks in the morning and evening for enjoying wildlife and nature. Between November and March , the plateau of Chinnar offers good number of elephants. Between August and October, Alampatty range of the forest are good for sighting of elephants. Alapatty range offers trek to Thoovanum waterfalls and overnight stay in a log house near the waterfalls. (maximum of 4 pax) . Alampatty also offers heritage trek to Cave arts and Dolmen field. Chinnar range offers tree house camping. The tree house near riverside is the best for stay. The tree house near Chinnar check post (karakad) is good for animal sighting , but very close to road. The tree house has no attached toilet. The camp shed at Vessyapara, in south eastern side of the sanctuary is an ideal location to enjoy Chinnar in its full ambiance.