Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki - Timings, Safari Cost, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Idukki Bus Station): 2 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: This place is spread around Idukki Dam and can be visited along with the same.

At a distance of around 2 km from Idukki Bus Station, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around Idukki Arch Dam. It is one of the prominent places of wildlife in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Idukki sightseeing packages.

The Sanctuary is spread over an area of 77 sq. km in Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks. Established in 1976, the sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 450-748 meters above sea level occupying the forest land between the Cheruthoni River and the Periyar River. The terrain of the sanctuary is characterized by steep mountains, valleys and hills. The artificial Idukki Reservoir (Kizhakkilachimala Lake) adds to the scenic beauty of this lovely wildlife sanctuary.

Among the most-important tourist places in Idukki, the sanctuary is home to Elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar etc apart from various species of snakes including cobra, viper, krait, etc. Birds include jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year for visitors. However, December to April is the best season to visit the sanctuary. Wildlife enthusiasts may avail of trekking packages to watch the animals and birds in the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to get in touch with concerned officials for complete information.

Contact Address:

The Wildlife Warden
Idukki Wildlife Division
Painavu P.O. Idukki - 685603
Phone: +91 486 2232271
E-mail: [email protected]

The Asst. Wildlife Warden
Vellapara, Painavu P.O, Idukki
Phone : +91 4862 322025
E-mail: [email protected]

Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Rs. 10 for Indians, & Rs. 150 for Foreigners