Inviting nature enthusiasts and holidayers alike, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary showcase the enchanting wilderness of the High Range forests to the visitors. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary comprise a beautiful landscape that unfurls on the banks of the mighty Idukki reservoir throwing visual delights to the discerning traveller. The enchanting wilderness of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is sublime as well as captivating. The sanctuary notified in 1976 is a part of Nagarampara Reserve Forests. The area was previously part of Kottayam Forest Division and forms the catchment area of Periyar River and caters to ldukki Hydel Project. The total extent of the sanctuary is 105.364sq.km which includes 33sq.km water body of the Idukki Reservoir. The sanctuary is a fragmented part of the High Range forests separated from the main tract of vegetation extending between Munnar Hills which includes Eravikulam National Park, Shola National Parks, Kurinjimala Sanctuary and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve. The entire sanctuary forms the catchment area of the Idukki Hydro Electric Project.The forest surrounding the reservoir forms a conducive habitat for wildlife and is rich in biodiversity.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is 2 KM to the south of Painavu, the District headquarters. The nearest township is Cheruthoni, 2 km northeast of Vellappara. The nearest Railway stations are Kottayam, which is 106km; Ernakulam 120km; and Alwaye 103km from the sanctuary. The nearest Airport is Nedumbassery which is 105km away.Mobile coverage is available in almost all parts of the sanctuary. Hospitals, hotels and petrol pumps are available at Cheruthoni and Kattappana.
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