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Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary

 Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

 Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
 Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
 Eravikulam National Park
 Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

 Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
 Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
 Peppara Widlife Sanctuary
 Periyar National Park
 Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
 Silent Valley National Park
 Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary


Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary Facts
Latitude and Longitude: 8 degree 50' - 8 degree 55' North and 77 degree 05' - 77 degree 15' East
Area: 100.32 square kms.
Temperature: 35 degrees in Summers, 16 degrees in winters
Rainfall: 3000 mm
Altitude: 100 m to 1717 m above sea level
Tourist Season: October to May

Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala
 

Information about Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Pathanapuram taluk in the Kollam district in Kerala. The Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 66 kms from Kollam town on the Kollam–Shencotta Road in Kerala. The Shenduruny forest was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984. The name "Shenduruny" comes from an endemic species of tree called Chenkuruny (Gluta travancoria), mainly confined to this region. The artificial lake formed by the Parappar Dam built across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers occupies the central region of the sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 100.32 square kms and the lake covers an area of 26 square km. Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary is also the site for India's first planned eco-tourism project.

Vegetation in the Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
The vegetation in the Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary consists of the hilly terrain at 100 m to 1717 m above sea level, west coast tropical evergreen forest, west coast tropical semi evergreen forest, southern moist mixed deciduous forest and southern hilltop tropical evergreen forest.

Wildlife Attractions in the Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
The major wildlife animals found in the Shendruny wildlife sanctuary are the Macaca radiata, Bonnet macaque, gaur (Indian bison), sambar, barking deer (muntjack), wild boar, Indian giant squirrel, three striped palm squirrel, lion-tailed macaque, mouse deer (Indian chevrotian), Nilgiri langur, elephant, tiger, leopard etc.

Other Tourist Attractions in the Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides famous for the wildlife sanctuary the Shendruny was also the cradle of one of the oldest river valley civilizations in India. The remains of the stone age culture belonging to the Mesolithic period from 5210 to 4420 BC, have also been excavated from a large cave at the northwestern part of the Shenduruny River. The cave which is large enough to hold 20 people at a time has paintings similar to the Mesolithic paintings found in the caves of central India.

How to reach Shendruny Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air:
The nearest airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum which is about 72 kms.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Thenmala which is connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Srinagar.

By Road:
The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is connected with the town of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram city.

 

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