consists of catchment areas of
tributaries of Kallada River upstream of the Parappar dam in Kerala. It extents
over 100 square kilometres. The Sanctuary got its name from
the tree Chenkurinji, which is mostly found in this area.
of the major rivers
that flows through the area is called Chenduruny (Chenthuruny). The river rises from
the Alwarkurichi peak, the highest point in the Sanctuary (1550
metres), and much of its course is now covered by the reservoir.
You can visit the Sanctuary by boat from Thenmala. A battery powered
will take you to the boarding point from the information centre of
Thenmala Ecotourism Project. Trekking is allowed in some parts
This Sanctuary has animals such as the bonnet monkey, lion tailed
monkey, Nilgiri langur, squirrels, Indian bison, sambar deer, barking
deer, mouse deer, Indian elephant and wild boar (full
). There are more than a
species of birds in the sanctuary. However, few could be seen during a
boat trip. (Picture on the left shows a sapling of Chenkurunji). The Sancturay is part of Agastyamalai Biosphere Reserve.