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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. The last world count of these squirrels was less than 200. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only 48 days of rain every year. Rich in wildlife, the mixed deciduous forests here are ideal for trekking. An extensive Sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction at Chinnar. This is also an ideal place to watch herds of gaurs amble past. Dry deciduous forests, high sholas and wet grasslands add to the diversity of the sanctuary. As one travels from Karimuthi to Chinnar, elephants, spotted deer, sambar, Hanuman monkey and even peacocks can be spotted on either side of the road.

The Chinar wildlife sanctuary is located about 60 km from Munnar in Idukki district. Chinnar is home to the rare giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. In the last census, these squirrels counted around 200. The Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats and therefore gets around 50 days of rain every year. Due to its undulating relief features, the Chinar wildlife sanctuary offers ideal condition for trekking. There is a vast sandalwood forest nearby the Chinnar sanctuary, which adds to the attraction of the wildlife sanctuary. The sandalwood forest provides an ideal place to watch herds of Bison pass by. Dry deciduous forests, high sholas and wet grasslands multiply the diversity of the wildlife sanctuary. Herds of Spotted Deer, Elephants, Sambar, Monkeys and Peacocks can be spotted while traveling from Karimuthi to Chinnar.

How to reach:

Air : Cochin International Airport, about 150 km from Munnar.

Rail : Ernakulam about 130 km from Munnar.

Bus : An excellent network of bus service connects Chinnar to the various states of India

Cochin, Munnar & Alleppey Tour

Duration: 03 Nights & 04 Days
Destination: Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Departurer for home..!!

Highlights of the Tour: Vallara and Cheeyappara Water Falls, Mattupetty - Lake, Echo Point, Kundalay Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai, Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.

DAY 01 : Cochin - Munnar (157Kms/4Hrs)

Day 01 - Arrive at Cochin Airport/ Ernakulam Railway station. Our Company representative will receive you. Board the car and get driven to your pre booked hotel. On the way you can see vallara and cheeyappara water falls. Munnar -The most sought destination with its impeccable beauty set at an altitude of 6000 ft which covers tropical plantations- pristine valleys and mountains exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - which leaves enchanting memories . On arrival at Munnar check into Resort. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02 : Munnar

Day 02 - Start the day with sightseeing in Munnar which include Visits to Mattupetty -Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundalay Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai , Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary famous for Nilagiri Tahr and Tea gardens . Night Stay in the Resort.

DAY 03: Munnar - Alleppey Houseboat (191Kms/4.5Hrs)

Day 03 - At 12:00 hrs check in at houseboat. Start Cruise and reach Lake, anchor and have lunch. Start Cruise again and reach Champakulam . Stop over visit Champakulam Snake boat, church, village and market and cruise starts again, reach Kanjipadam , anchor for night. Next morning after breakfast cruise back to Alleppey and reach jetty by 9:00 AM. Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters. Cruising along the backwaters of Kerala is an unforgettable experience. Rest of the day at leisure on the House Boat.

DAY 04: Houseboat - Cochin Departure (78Kms/2.5Hrs)

Day 04 - Check out from the Houseboat and you will be driven back to Cochin International Airport/ Railway station with wonderful memories and realisation that it indeed is Gods own country. End of the cochin munnar package.

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