Chinnar National Park

Topographical extremes capture the imagination of a visitor to the Chinnar National Park, situated at Devikulam taluk of Idukki district of Kerala. Given the status of National Park in 1984, Chinnar treat the wildlife enthusiasts to more than 90.422 sq. kms of wilderness: expansive forests, jagged peaks, and a wide diversity of wildlife including endangered giant grizzled squirrel, elephant, gaur, panther, spotted deer and sambar.

A tour to the Chinnar National Park India with India Wildlife Tours takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery that characterizes the park. Chinnar National park gets only about 48 rainy days in a year during October-November thanks to its location on the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats.

The altitude within the Chinnar National Park ranges from 500 to 2400 meters, the highest peak being Kottakombumalai (2144m). The Park is an undulating area of forests and open grasslands.

The forest types of the park comprise dry deciduous forest, thorny scrub forests, high sholas and wet grasslands. Chinnar is reputed to have the unique thorny scrub forest with xerophytic species.

Among the animals found in the sanctuary are elephant, giant grizzled squirrel, gaur, panther, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman monkey, rabbit etc. However, of particular interest during a tour to this the Chinnar National Park will be sightings of the endangered giant grizzled squirrel.

The nearest airports of the Chinnar National Park are Cochin and Coimbatore. The Aluva (200kms) and Pollachi (60kms) are the nearest railheads. The sanctuary is well connected to all the important places in the southern states.

Wildlife in Chinnar National Park

Enjoy exciting wildlife tours to the Chinnar National Park in Kerala, South India and treat yourself to the stunning natural vistas that greet you. The Chinnar National Park is situated in the rain shadow area of the velvety Western Ghats and thus gets rainfall only 48 days in a year.

Chinnar offers an excellent habitat for the varied wildlife that flourishes in the region. India Wildlife Tours offers excellent tour packages for wildlife gazing at the Chinnar National Park in Kerala, India.

Chinnar National Park in Kerala, South India is one of the homes of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel. The last census of the Giant Grizzled Squirrel in the world indicated that there are less than 200 of these creatures that are left on this Earth's surface.

The wide variety of wildlife at the Chinnar National Park includes animals such as elephants, star tortoise, Hanuman langurs, spectacled cobras, rabbits, bonnet macaques, sambhar, spotted deer, turtles, Tigers, Peacocks, Kraits, Gaur, Leopards, White bisons etc.

There is a vast population of colorful birds and insects, especially butterflies at the Chinnar National Park. In fact the pleasure of watching a tiny butterfly with vibrantly colored wings flitting from one blossom to another is sheer fun.

Birds in Chinnar National Park

The Chinnar National Park in Kerala, South India offers and natural habitat and home to a wide variety of birds.

Chinnar National ParkAmong the commonly sighted birds at the Chinnar National Park in Kerala, South India are White-browed bulbul, Plum-headed Parakeet, White-naped Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Green Bee-eater, White-throated Kingfisher, White-bellied Drongo, Small Minivet, Green Imperial Pigeon, Little Nightjar, Grey Heron, Hawk, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Little Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Black-hooded Oriole, Scarlet Minivet, Common lora, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, White-browed Wagtail, Black-rumped Flameback, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Red-vented Bulbul and other birds.

A great way to enjoy spotting birds would be to take a guide along who helps you identify the different bird species and adds spice to your exciting bird tours.

So have fun with tour packages offered by India Wildlife tours for watching birds at the Chinnar National Park in Kerala, South India.

Most of the birds that you spot at the Chinnar National Park, Kerala, India are indigenous residents. This national park hardly plays host to migratory birds.

Best season to visit

The most ideal to visit Chinnar is from the months of October to November.

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