Chimmony Wildlife sanctuary established in 1984, the sanctuary with an area of about 85.00 Skms is on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi hills. The Chimmony river and its tributaries have created a topography unique to this region. The forests here are tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen and the moist deciduous forests.

The sanctuary is an important bird area with 192 recorded avian species. Five Western Ghats endemic bird species occur here, including the grey-headed bulbul, Indian rufous babbler and white-bellied blue-flycatcher. Other interesting species found here include-Ceylon frogmouth, Indian edible-nest swiftlet, Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling-thrush and Loten’s sunbird..

A recent survey recorded the presence of the lesser fish eagle, which until recently was only known from the foothills of the Himalayas. This finding establishes that the three wildlife sanctuaries, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimmony and Parambikulam act as an important conservation zone for this and other globally threatened species.

Flora:
Trees: Apodytes koddemei, Diospysus nilgirica,
Shrubs: Antisroplie serratifolia, Ruwolfia densiflora
Herbs: Hydrophylla erecta, Departrium punceum
Orchids: Habomaria rariflora, Osmunda raogans

Fauna: The sanctuary is an important bird area with 192 recorded avian species. Five Western Ghats endemic bird species occur here, including the grey-headed bulbul, Indian rufous babbler and white-bellied blue-flycatcher. Other interesting species found here include-Ceylon frogmouth, Indian edible-nest swiftlet, Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling-thrush and Loten’s sunbird.

Major Wildlife Attractions: Malabar Whistling Thrush, Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, and Malabar Giant Squirrel,Darter, Dabchick, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Raquet Tailed Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Ruby Throated Bulbul, Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot Bellied Forest Owl, Paradise Flycatcher, and Indian Pitta.

Other Attractions: Bird safari, Jungle safari, Bamboo Rafting, Birding Trail, Butterfly Safari, Nature Walk for Children, Jungle Craft, Animal Tracking, Moonlight Sonata.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the sanctuary is Septber to March.

How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airport is at Cochin 63 Kms.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Thrissur.

Road: Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached from Amballur junction in NH-47 towards east at distance of 25kms.

General Information/ Tips
Divisional Forest Officer,
Chalakkudy Division, Chalakkudy. P.O.,
Thrissur District. Pin. 680 307

Location:
Kerala, India

Nearest Access:
Thrissur (12 Kms)

Wildlife Found:
Tiger, Leopard, Bear

Coverage Area:
85-sq-kms