Shendurney wildlife sanctuafy, part of Agsthyamali Biosphere Reserve, owes its name to the endemic species, Ghuta
Travancorica, locally known as ‘Chenkurunji’. The sanctuary is a valley of green splendour acclaimed for its rich biodiversity
lying on either side of the Shendurney river.
Location: 76º 59’ 30 “ and 77º 16’ 30 “ East Longitude and 8º 44 ‘ and 9º14’ North Latitude.
Area: 171 sq. km.
Year of formation: 1984(GO(P)258/84/AD/25.08.1984)
Climate: Temperature varies from 17ºto 35ºC
Topography: Altitude ranging from 100 to 1550m . Highest Peak is Alwarkurichi (1550m)
Rainfall: Annual rainfall varies from 2600 to 3000mm.
Drainage: The major rivers are Shendurney, Kazhuthuruthy and Kulathupuzha which join together to form the Kallada river.
Important tributaries are Umayar, Parappar, Uruliar, and Pasmankandamthodu.
Forest Types: Forest Types include West coast tropicalevergreen, Southern hilltop triopical evergreen, West coast tropical
semi-evergreen, Southern secondary moist mixed deciduous forest, Myristica swamp forest, Southern
sub-tropical hill forests, Reed brakes and grassland.
Bio diversity: Common tree species are Gluta travancorica, Terminalia paniculata, T.ballerica, Pterocarpus marsupium,
Cullenia exarillita, Palanquium ellipticum, Mesuaferrea, Poeciloneuron indicum, Elaeocarpus tuberculata, Mangifera indica,
Vateria indica, Dipterocarpus indicus, Vitex altissima etc.
34 species of mammals, 245 sp. of birds, 36 species of reptiles,
22 species of amphibians and 42 species of fishes are reported from the sanctuary
The common mammals found are, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Wild bear, Malabar giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur, Lion-Tailed
macaque etc. etc.
Approach: By Road – Thiruvananthapuram – 70 km
Kollam - 70 km
Shenkottai – 30 Km.
Nearest Railway Station: Kollam – 70 Km.
Shenkottai – 30 km
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram – 75 km.
Accomodation: No facilities by the Department. IB of kerala Water authority is very near to the headquarters.
Best season to visit: October- Feburary
Closure Period: Open throughout the year
Special Attractions: Trekking to the forests. The eco-tourism packages offered a present are Dharbakulam trail, Kallar trail,
and Kattilappara – Choodal bird watching trail.
Boating in the reservoir operated jointly by the Department and Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society.
The Wild life Warden,
Shendurney Wildlife Division
Thenmala Dam P.O.
Phone : 0475 2344600 Mobile:9447979081