Kerala in South India is the storehouse of holiday destinations. Every year thousands and thousands of tourists come to this place to experience its unparallel beauty, serenity and tranquility. It is a traveler's paradise that has diversified tourist spots. One of the important tourism sectors is the wildlife of the state that has gained tremendous popularity in the recent past. Shendurney wildlife sanctuary in the Kollam District is a well-known name tourist attraction of the state.
This sanctuary is also known as Chenduruny wildlife sanctuary. It is one of the richest biodiversity in Western Ghats. It is remarkable for the biotic richness and the scenic surroundings. The sanctuary tops the tour itinerary of many travelers as it gives you a chance to glance into the wildlife attractions of the state:
The sanctuary gets its name from the Chenduruny or Shendurney River. The word Chenduruny is derived from an endemic tree named Chenkurinji that is found in large numbers in the region.
Area and Location:
The sanctuary is an important part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. It comprises the catchment areas of tributaries of Kallada River upstream of the Parappar dam in Kerala. It spreads over 171 sq km. on either side of the Shendurney River in the Kollam district.
It is situated in between the latitudes of 8048'22.25"N and 8058'6.06"N and the longitudes of 7704'44.76"E and 77015'49.32"E. Steep peaks and ravines characterize the rugged terrains of the forest area.
Flora and Fauna:
Shendurney wildlife sanctuary has varied vegetation. Semi evergreen forests, southern secondary moist mixed deciduous forest, southern subtropical hill forest and tropical evergreen forests are the predominant vegetation of the area. It is to be noted that three-fourth of the total forest cover is under tropical evergreen and semi evergreen forest.
You will find a large number of mammals, fishes, amphibians, birds, butterflies, etc. Mammals like Slender Loris, Nilgiri Langur, Small Indian Civet, Wild Dog, Indian Flying Fox, Tiger, Leopard, Stripe Necked Mongoose, Mouse Deer, Wild Boar, Sambar, Gaur, Common House Rat, etc. are found.
Reptiles like Psammophilus blanfordanus, Cnemaspis kandiana, Python molurus; birds like Forest Eagle Owl, Short-Toed Eagle, Yellow cheeked Tit, Brown Wood Owl, etc; butterflies like Spotted puffin, Budha and Blue banded peacock, Red Helen, Southern duffer, etc. are the predominant species.
When to visit?
October to March remains the best period to come here.
Trivandrum at a distance of 72 km is the nearest airport.
Thenmala is the nearest railway station.
The closest town is Punalur that is only 21 km from the park. Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam KSRTC run regular buses. For an exciting adventure opt for boating from Thenmala.
You can go for trekking and stay in top tree hut. There are many trekking programs that are operated by SET EDC under the full control of Forest Department. There are paid nature camp and free nature camp in the Shendurney wildlife sanctuary. So come you must to this beautiful place to explore its hidden treasures.