Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as one of the richest forest belt in peninsular India region, displaying a healthy variety of flora and housing some of the most exotic species of animals & birds. A wildlife reserve since year 1976, Idukki sanctuary is spread over an area of 77 sq. km. lying in the Udumpanchola and Thodupuzha regions of of Idukki district.
The reserve primarily comprises of evergreen forest with deciduous growth, bamboos, grasslands and marshes. Some of the commonly found trees here include rosewood, kuntherekkapine, bhadraksham, vayana, cheeni and pali, not to forget the rolling grass spreading over miles inside the reserve. Another popular attraction is the picturesque lake located inside which has now developed as one of reserves popular attractions. The famous Idukki arch dam located just walking distance away provides added sightseeing options to its visitors.
Wildlife at Idukki wildlife reserve
Although Elephants and snakes are the main attraction of the reserve, a large variety of exotic flora & fauna also resides here including:
Animals: wild boars, deer, elephants, Tiger, Sambar, wild dogs, jungle cat and bison’s.
Birds: woodpeckers, laughing thrushes, jungle fowl, peafowl, mynas, woodpecker, black bulbuls and jungle fowls.
Reptiles: The reserve has a number of poisonous and non- poisonous snakes including cobra, krait and the viper.
Best time to visit Idukki Wildlife sanctuary
The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of September to May as this is when the weather is at its best and wildlife viewing is also easier and more fruitful.
How to reach Idukki wildlife sanctuary
Idukki sanctuary is easily accessible from most parts of Kerala.
By air: The nearest airport is at Kozhikode located 113 km away.
By rail: Nearest railway station is at Thalassery located 35 km away.
By road: Idukki reserve is well connected by a network of roads and both private and state run transport services may be used to reach here.
All in all, Idukki wildlife sanctuary is a well maintained and connected reserve with its rich population of animal’s like reptiles and mammals, a wide variety of trees & shrubs and other added sightseeing attractions.