Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
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lauragriff
London4 contributions
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Loved fact it was very remote - felt like it was just us and the forest and the animals. Did trek with guide saw lots of animals. Highlight was getting v close to wild elephants on foot. Bit scary but could see guide knew what he was doing. Also saw bison, deer, squirrels, loads of birds and butterflies.
Tree house had to be swept clean of leaves by the guides before we slept in it so it's not really like a hotel. But that was what we liked. Guides brought clean sheets with them. No loos, not even hole in ground but again I prefer the natural experience! Food very tasty considering the facilities, biscuits for breakfast.
There is a road running through the sanctuary so it won't compare to safari in a massive African reserve but by Indian standards was very peaceful.
The people there speak very limited English so don't expect detailed explanations on the wildlife. But they will point things out. May be worth bringing a nature guide book and binocs if that is v.important to you.
Written January 1, 2013
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SussexGeoffers
Sussex93 contributions
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If you like exhilarating views and wild goats this is for you. Access is by bus - there will probably be long queues at the car park - and then on foot. Not a wide variety of natural history, but the baby goats are cute. It does feel as though you're on top of the world.
Written February 3, 2015
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Charlie_Papa84
Divonne-les-Bains, France67 contributions
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We did not see a lot of wildlife during our hike (animals are well fed during monsoon in the heart of the jungle) but I think it' a good thing to keep animals as far as possible from human beings... The landscapes are great and it's really pleasant to walk in such a lush nature.
Written December 17, 2012
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Andre C
Busan, South Korea24 contributions
Trekking in Chinnar was supposed to be the highlight of our trip to India for my teenage son and myself. After two flights (10 hours in total) and a 5 hour drive from Fort kochi we were tired but excited. Before leaving Fort kochi our homestay called the chinnar office to confirm our reservation at the log house and trekking schedule. Originally we only wanted to stay one night but were told that a min. Of two nights three days would be required to truly enjoy the park. So what happened? The guide never showed up. We were brought to the log cabin (only a 20min. Walk down a country road.. Not very rustic) and left there for 3 days! We only got to leave the log cabin once and that was to go back to the office were they wanted an extra 1000 rupees! On the last day we were woken at 7am and told to hurry back to the office (originally we were to go there at 1pm) so had to sit outside in the hot sun for over 4 hours for our driver (which cost us 8 thousand rupees to get to chinnar). While at the log cabin we kept asking when we could trek only to be ignored. Our homestay called the office after the three days and told us that since there were only 2 of us and chinnar is a government and not private venture the staff were lazy and unwilling to take us for trekking. My son was very disappointed. Beware the staff at chinnar as they do not seem to want visitors in small groups and only extra money to keep for themselves!
Written August 30, 2014
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Mic1902
Singapore, Singapore68 contributions
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Went to Chinnar on a day trip from Munnar, so the earliest it is really possible to arrive and start trekking, having had breakfast, is around 9.30, by which point the animals are sleeping as it is too hot and so we didn't see anything. The scenery is beautiful and the trek was nice, but the guide didn't say much and only took us trekking for half the time he was supposed to. When we then asked if we could go to another place with the rest of our allocated time he just said it was too far and wouldn't go. Perhaps we could have argued more but I didn't really feel like getting myself annoyed so just left it. However if you do a day trip here from Munnar there are lots of beautiful places to stop on the way / way back. Really scenic views, waterfalls etc. Also on the journey back we saw deer, bison and monkeys near the roadside! Overall it was a lovely day out, though Chinnar itself was just ok.
Written December 21, 2012
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ARPS75
Kochi (Cochin), India105 contributions
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Anamalai forests are Kerala's and Tamil Nadu's ranges of the same forest. One of the places where I had always been lucky in spotting wildlife. Though Dec-Jan is the best season to spot wildlife, we didn't want to spare a chance to try out my luck during Sep. On the way back from Kodaikanal to Kochi, we decided to drive through Chinnar forest. Was again lucky enough to see Elephants, Peacocks, Indian Gaur and Spotted deers. Try driving as slow and as quiet as possible. Do visit the watch tower. Though early morning (6-8Am) and evening (4-5 pm) would be the best time to spot wildlife from the tower, it is worth taking a chance and trying it during hours in between too. Official timing of the watch tower is from 8AM to 5 PM. But if requested on previous day, guides will support early morning visits to the watch tower.

Note: Be careful if you see elephants near the roadside.
Do not provoke by sounding horn, raising speed etc.
Written September 14, 2016
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D Z
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Beware, the treetop houses here are rustic! It looks lovely in the pictures but in reality was two mattresses on the ground in a tiny hut with pillow and mattress covered by a sheet (one with holes in it) and two blankets again one with holes in and used by who knows how many people. We're not fussy travellers and don't mind rustic, but when we realised the 'windows' (open spaces covered by a piece of wood), didn't close properly and the rats wanted in, we cared. I ended up propping them closed from the outside but it was a fairly sleepless night. Added to that, having lit a fire and provided a very plain and rudimentary dinner, we thought we might be able to sit by the fire and enjoy the evening, but no, our guides needed to leave to go home to sleep and we were ushered up into the treehouse and told to stay there because it was very dangerous and the elephants might come (if only as we hadn't seen any)... It was about 7.30! The balcony was so small we could barely sit on it so we watched some fireflies and then had to go to bed. Hardly what we'd imagined. Breakfast in the morning was a cup of black tea and a packet of biscuits, not a lot to hike on, but we did get more breakfast once back at the check post.

Our guides did their job but were pretty unfriendly and not very interested in us. The guy who walked us in and out obviously knew his stuff and seemed to try hard to find us
some wildlife to see, but didn't have much luck. There was plenty of fresh evidence of elephants but none to be seen and we understand that is the luck of the draw. The best part was the trek in the morning, if you enjoy beautiful scenery and a good hike it's worth going in for that. We saw grey langur up close and bison far in the distance but mostly it was enjoying the beauty of nature.
Written January 11, 2015
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Markv_1983
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia15 contributions
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Through the Forests Office in Munnar we booked a one night stay in a tree house in Chinnar Sanctuary. The tree house was great, and was exactly that - a tree house with a comfortable mattress and a great view among the trees. The is no electricity or other facilities, which makes the experience even more authentic. Our guide, a member of a local tribe, was excellent, and led us on an evening and morning trek, as well as provided a simple, tasty dinner. We were able to spot deer, native goat, boar, giant squirrel, langurs and many different birds. A highly recommended nights trip from Munnar, and a good way to support both nature conservation and the livelihoods of local tribes-people.
Written May 29, 2013
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Srikanta P
Bengaluru, India40 contributions
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We crossed this sanctuary at 9 PM at night, it was very scary experience as didn't see any vehicle on the road for few k.ms. But able to spot a Sambar deer on the way..
Written December 14, 2012
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GitaBhukta
Chennai District, India668 contributions
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We consciously took the Udumalpet-Amaravathi route to Munnar. It was absolutely worth it! Immediately after the checkpost to the Anamalai Tiger reserve, there is another check post at which you can ask for a guide and walk up to the watch tower that is inside the forest (Cost for the guide is Rs. 50 and the entrance fee is Rs. 20 per head). It is about a 300 m trek inside. The watch tower is about 200 feet high and has a good view of the surroundings. On a good day, the sightings can be exciting. We had the bad luck of going there just after a garrulous and loud group of people who definitely would have scared away any wildlife in the area! However, we saw a large sambar and several birds. The guide has no clue of the bird life or the wild life there, no knowledge of the names! How nice it would be if there was someone who knew the area and could educate people!

We continued our drive and came across several healthy groups of hanuman langur. The highlight was the sighting of a female elephant. As soon a we parked, she saw us and made straight for us. When she was about 10 feet away, we quickly went away. We saw a huge tusker too. He was a lovely healthy specimen and was contentedly muching away on his lunch! We did see quite a few birds but could not stop since it is prohibited within the sanctuary.

I have heard that there is a forest guest house where you can spend a day with permission, but we didn't do that. On the whole, we were ecstatic with our experiences there.
Written May 27, 2012
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