Chinnar Trekking

Chinnar is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located near Munnar in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is known for its diverse flora and fauna, scenic landscapes, and trekking opportunities. Trekking in Chinnar offers a chance to explore the pristine wilderness and get closer to nature.

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, tigers, leopards, sambar deer, langurs, and various bird species. The sanctuary also boasts a unique ecosystem with thorny scrub forests, grasslands, and the scenic Chinnar River flowing through it.

There are several trekking routes within the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, offering different levels of difficulty and durations. Here are some popular trekking trails in Chinnar:

  1. Chinnar-Karakkad Trail: This trail takes you through the scenic landscapes of Chinnar and Karakkad. It offers an opportunity to spot wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the sanctuary. The trek usually takes around 4-6 hours.
  2. Chinnar-Devikulam Trek: This trekking route takes you from Chinnar to the picturesque hill station of Devikulam. The trail offers breathtaking views of the mountains, tea plantations, and waterfalls. The duration of the trek is usually around 6-8 hours.
  3. Chinnar-Vellaramkunnu Trek: This trek leads you to Vellaramkunnu, a hilltop with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. It involves hiking through dense forests and grasslands. The trek takes approximately 4-5 hours.

While embarking on a trek in Chinnar, it is advisable to hire a local guide who is familiar with the terrain and can provide valuable insights about the flora, fauna, and safety precautions.

Before planning a trek, it is recommended to check the weather conditions, obtain necessary permits if required, and carry sufficient water, snacks, and appropriate trekking gear. It’s also important to follow the guidelines and regulations set by the sanctuary authorities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Trekking in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, spot wildlife, and explore the mesmerizing landscapes of this protected area in Kerala.

Exploring the region of Western Ghats can be a mind-blowing experience for every nature lover and adventure enthusiasts. One of the best destinations to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Ghats is Chinnar Valley which spreads in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu states over 200 sq.kms. You can explore many attractions during Chinnar trekking such as sacred groves, cave temples, megalithic burials and rock shelter paintings.

We organize thrilling Chinnar Trekking and arrange your pick up from Kochi / Cochin, Coimbatore, Munnar, or Ootty. You can also report and join us at our Marayoor base station. Chinnar trekking usually starts after lunch and the route is usually designed based on the number of camp days and the climate. You can start the trekking with a small backpack with the dress and other personal belongings.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Trekking Programmes (Hiking)

RateIndian Rs. 225.00, Foreigners Rs. 615.00
Check In PlaceChinnar Forest Check Post, Information Center
Duration3 Hours
AttractionsRiver Side, Watch Tower, Wildlife Sighting , Etc
RateIndian Rs. 600.00, Foreigners Rs. 1300.00
Check In PlaceChinnar Forest Check Post, Information Center
Duration6 Hours
AttractionsRiver Side, Watch Tower, Wildlife Sighting , Hard Trekking
RateIndian Rs. 150.00, Foreigners Rs. 515.00
Check In PlaceChinnar Forest Check Post, Information Center
Duration3 Hours
AttractionsRiver Side, Watch Tower, Wildlife Sighting , Short Trekking

The general itinerary for Chinnar trekking as follows:


The trekking starts after lunch from the Chinnar base and the journey through the forest to reach the Treehouse should be exciting. After check-in at the Tree house, we will take the trek to an area called ‘Kallikkad’ to watch more wildlife. It must be a wonderful experience to enjoy the beauty of the hillocks and forests around. You will also love your overnight stay in the tree house.


Start for the hike to the next destination, a hilltop house after a hot black coffee which is around 6 kilometers away. There is a stop on the way near a tribal village where all of you can have breakfast with tea. You can reach the camp before lunch. After the lunch prepared by the tribal guards and taking some rest, you can again start hiking to spot unique wildlife. Everybody will be back to the camp before night falls and after the bath gets ready for the campfire dinner.


Wake by hearing the sound of birds and animals and trek to the nearest waterhole after a bed coffee. You can return to the camp for breakfast and start hiking to the log house near the river, which is the next camp. After lunch, you can enjoy a dip or swim in the pond. Then start hiking again to enjoy nature and watch wildlife.


You can find different camp options for Chinnar Trekking.

Tree House

Built on large trees, 4 people can accommodate in Treehouses. We will provide mattresses, blankets, pillows, and sheets. Since the ladder to the tree house is detachable, you can safely stay in the Treehouses.

Hill Top Hut

This campsite is traditionally built on the edge of the Thengamala Mountain using mud, bamboo, and grass used mainly by the rangers to watch poachers and smugglers. With 2 rooms, you can find basic amenities in them.

Log House

Located near a waterfall on the bank of the Pambar River, this camp has one room, a spacious balcony, and an attached bathroom.

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