Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary which came into existende in 1976, is located in the Thodupuzha and Udumbanchola taluks in Idukki
district. An enchanting place marked with steep mountains and undulating hills and valleys. The world famous Idukki arch dam
and the vast increase the importance of the area.
Location: 76º 55’ and 77º 4’ 5’ East Longitude and 9º 45’ 30’ and 9º 53’ 30’ North Latitude.
Year of formation: 1970 (GO.7898/FM3/76/AD/09.02.76)
Climate: Temperature varies from 13ºC to 29ºC. Hottest period is March-April.
Topography: Altitude ranging from 450to 1272 m. Highest peak is Vanjur Medu (1272m)
Rainfall: Average rainfall is 3800 mm.
Drainage: The major rivers flowing through the area at periyar and Cheruthoniar. The sanctuary consists of 33 sq,km of
watervody of Idukki reservoir.
Forest Types: Forest types include West Coast Tropical Evergreen forests, Semi Evergreen forests , Moist Deciduous Forests,
Hill shoals and Grass Lands.
Biodiversity: Major tree species are Depteocarpus indicus, Palanquium ellipticum, Calophyllum polyanthum, Vernonia arborea,
Mesua Ferrea, Hopea parviflora, persea macrantha, Artocarpus hirsute, Lagerstroemia microcarpa, Cinnamomum
zeylanicum, Tectona grandis, Dalbergia latifolia, Terminalia paniculata., T. bellerica,Grewiatiliacfolia, Ptcrocarpus
The common animals found ar Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse deer, Bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Malabar giant squirrel,
Wild dog, Wild boar, porcupine, jackal, Indian Giant Squirrel etc.
Approach: By Road-Eranakulam-115 km.
Kottayam – 120
Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam (120kms)
Nearest Airport: Nedumbassery (120kms)
Accommodation: IB, Vellappara (6beds), Dormitory, Vellappara (50beds)
IB at Vazhathopu owned by Kerala State Electricity Board
Private hotels at Cheruthoni, Kattappana, Thodupuzha
The Wild Life Warden,
Idukki Wildlife Division
Painavu P.O. Idukki – 685603
Phone: 0486 2232271 Mobile:9447979094
3. The Asst. Wildlife Warden.
Vellapara, Painavu P.O, Idukki
Phone : 04862 322025