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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary


Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the beautiful and important travel destinations of Kerala. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the forestland at a distance of 40 km from Thodupuzha in the Idukki district, between the Cheruthoni River and the Periyar River, it is situated at an altitude ranging between 450 meters and 1272 meters, with Vanjur Medu standing as the highest peak situated 1272 meters above sea level.

Idukki Wildlife SanctuaryIdukki Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as wildlife sanctuary in the year 1976. The sanctuary spreads over an area of about 77 sq km in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district. The world famous Idukki Arch Dam as well as the picturesque lake enriches the attractiveness of this place. The average rainfall of this sanctuary is 3800 mm.

Flora and Fauna

Forest types of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary include West Coast Tropical Evergreen forests, Semi Evergreen forests, Moist Deciduous Forests, Hill shoals and Grass Lands.

Major tree species of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary include Depteocarpus Indicus, Palanquium Ellipticum, Calophyllum Polyanthum, Vernonia Arborea, Mesua Ferrea, Hopea Parviflora, Persea Macrantha, Artocarpus Hirsute, Lagerstroemia Microcarpa, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, Tectona Grandis, Dalbergia Latifolia, Terminalia Paniculata, etc.,

The common animals found at Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary are Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Malabar giant squirrel, Wild dog, Wild boar, porcupine, jackal, Indian Giant Squirrel etc. However Elephants are the main attractions of this sanctuary.

If you are the one who love trekking and other adventurous sports in that case you are going to get pleasure from a trekking expedition on Mangaladevi hills, Mullakudy, Thannikudy and Vellimala. The true pleasure lies in undertaking adventure towards the awesome trekking paths.

Accommodation: Private hotels are available at Cheruthoni, Kattappana, and Thodupuzha.


Distance from Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Thodupuzha: 40 Km
Cochin: 190 Km
Kottayam: 120 Km
Ernakulam: 115 Km
Changanassery: 114 Km


How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport or Nedumbassery Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI)

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam or Changanassery

Road: Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected by road network.


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