Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is located in the eastern part of the high ranges of southern Western Ghats of kerala state. It is regarded as one of the unique protected areas in the whole of the Western Ghats due to its ecological, floral, geomorphologic and cultural significance.
The sanctuary is also continues to Eravikulam national park, Kurinjimala sanctuary, Anaimudi Shola National Park and Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu.
Chinnar is accessible from Kochi (178 km) and Coimbatore (115 km) airportsalong main roads. The Munnar – Udumalpet road that passes through thesanctuary divides it into more or less equal parts. Munnar, the major touristcentre, is 60 km from Chinnar. The nearest town is Marayur (16 km)
LANDSCAPE AND CLIMATE
The terrain is highly undulating with altitudes ranging from 500 m at Chinnar to over 2300 m at Nandala malai. The area is drained by two perennial riversnamely Pambar and Chinnar. The sanctuary is situated in the rain shadow region of the western ghats, getting rains mostly during the north-east monsoons (October-December). The plains are generally hot but the higher altitudes are cool.