The Western Ghats on its east and the Malabar Coast on its west, adorned with the emerald backwaters and exotic spice plantations, Kerala is blessed with a riotous variety of flora and fauna. Topped up with indigenous traditional cultural practices and art forms, Kerala is increasingly gaining momentum as a popular tourist destination all over the world. Showered with an eternal sunshine, Kerala- God’s own country is all nature lovers’ paradise. The lush tropical evergreen rain forests still largely miraculously unspoiled in Kerala, support a rich array of land, marine and avian wildlife. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary on the Western Ghats makes an excellent holiday for wildlife enthusiasts.

The endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel hails from these forests. Apart from that tigers, elephants, gaur, deer, sambar, are the other vertebrates that can be spotted. Among reptiles, watch out for Spectacled cobra, krait, viper. The black eagle, little cormorants and darters dot the skyline at Chinnar. The vegetation at Chinnar consists of dry deciduous forests, thorny scrub forests, high sholas and wet grasslands.

Owing to its position on the rain shadow slope of the Western Ghats, Chinnar gets about 48 days of rain during the Northeast monsoon in October November. Chinnar is well connected to other places in and outside Kerala by road. The nearest Railway station is at Pollachi (60 km).

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