Chimmini wildlife sanctuary is located near the Nelliampathy in Thrissur district. It was established in the year 1984 and part of this lies near to the Peechi-Vazhani wildlife sanctuary and the next part lies near the Parambikulam sanctuary. The forest types include tropical evergreen, semi evergreen and moist deciduous forests. This area is ideal for both wildlife and plants.
The nature lovers and bird watchers get a great opportunity to enjoy them while trekking in the wilderness of Chimmini. There are about 160 different species of birds. if lucky one can get a glance of the Southern Birdwing which is the largest butterfly in India, the Blue Mormon which is the second largest butterfly of Western Ghats or the Atlas Moth which is the largest in the world. Some of the animals found here include lion tailed macaque, tiger etc.
Some of the ecotourism activities are
Trekking trail that are organized by the Forest Department. It may be half day trip or one day trip.
Bamboo Rafting – One cam explore the river by going for bamboo rafting and the most exciting is the bamboo rafting on a moon lit night called as the Moonlight Sonata.
Accommodation is provided to the tourists in the Inspection Bungalow near the dam. Lodhes are available at Amballoor which is the nearest town.
Chimmini is located in Mukundapuram at a height of about 40 m to 1,116 m above sea level. The highest point here is the Punda Peak. The nearest airport to this place is Cochin International Airport at a distance of 50 km away. The nearest railway station is at Thrissur at a distance of 37 km away. The roads are connected to the Amballur junction at a distance of 25 kms.
For enquiries and bookings, contact:
Wildlife Sanctuary Office, Peechi, Ph: 0487-269 9017
District Tourist Promotion Council Office, Thrissur, Ph: 0487-2320800