Kurinjimala Sanctuary

Kurinjimala Sanctuary covers an areas of Idukki district as well as Vattavada and Kottakamboor villages in Devikulam Taluk. The declaration of the sanctuary was made by the Kerala Forest Minister Benoy Viswam at the Neelakurinji Fest at Munnar on October 7, 2006. The Kurinjimala Sanctuary is habitat for diversity of many rare species of flora and fauna. The name of the sanctuary is derived from the word Kurinjimala, which means the mountain of Kurinji flowers.The Kurinjimala Sanctuary is famous for the Neelakurinji Plantation .Neelakurinji a blue flower that grows in abundance in the Idduki and Munnar region. The Sanctuary is the natural habitat of the endangered plant Neelakurinji. In the year 2006, on Neelakurinji Fest this place was declared as a sanctuary.The sanctuary is spread over an area of about 32 sq. km. The main aim of the Kurinjimala Sanctuary is to retain the unique biodiversity of this area.

The Kurinjimala Sanctuary lies close to the other Sanctuary or National Parks including- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary,Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park. The Superior time to visit at Kurinjimala Sanctuary in the month of October. Neelakurinji fest is celebrated in the month of October by the forest department every Year respectively. The Kurinjimala sanctuary is home to threatened species of elephant,Gaur,Nilgiri tahr and deer etc. The grizzled giant squirrel, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, elephant, sambar deer, gaur and pigeon can also be spotted in the sanctuary.More than 200 species of birds like eagle, crested serpant eagle, black baza, crested goshawk,spot-bellied eagle owl, alpine swift, Grey junglefowl, Nilgiri flycatcher, little spiderhunter etc are found here.

How To Reach:

By Train:Kochi Railway Station is the nearest airport located 130km. Kottayam Railway Station is about 142km to reach Munnar.

By Bus: Devikulam Bus standis nearest bus stand located about 8km and Mattupetty Bus Stand is about 13km to reach Munnar.

By Airport:Nedumbassery Airport is the nearest Airport about 130km . Madurai Airport is about 142 km and Coimbatore Airport is about 156km from the Kurinjimala Sanctuary

Kurinjimala Sanctuary

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