The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a well-guarded treasure trove of nearly a thousand species of flowering plants. It’s not just flora, the Chinnar forest is also home to a thriving animal life. From birds and butterflies to mammals and moths, the 90.44-sq km sanctuary is home to a wide variety of species. It is also credited with having the largest number of reptilian fauna among other sanctuaries in the state, including a celebrated inhabitant, the mugger crocodile.
The Thoovanam waterfall, a spectacular waterfall located in the sanctuary, is also an attraction for travellers. A watchtower in the sanctuary offers an unbelievably beautiful view of the sanctuary, vast expanses of green forests extending to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and far away mountains. The sanctuary, a trekker’s paradise, is situated about 60 km away from Munnar and the Munnar-Udumalpet road passes through the sanctuary. Here are the major attractions of this sanctuary: flora, fauna, reptiles, rivers, topography, accessibility, fact file, trekking and tribal communities.