Kurinjimala Sanctuary

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Kurinjimala Sanctuary (Malayalam: കുറിഞ്ഞിമല വന്യജീവി സംരക്ഷ്ണ കേന്ദ്രം) protects the approximately 32 hectare core habitat of the endangered Neelakurinji plant in Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Devikulam Taluk, Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. map


The sanctuary was declared by the Kerala Forest Minister Benoy Viswam at the Neelakurinji Fest at Munnar on October 7, 2006. During the 2006 bloom, massive flowering of Neelakurinji attracted nearly ten lakh (1,000,000) people to Munnar and other places.[1]

The Government notification said that the sanctuary would ensure the long-term protection of the unique biodiversity of the area, especially Strobilanthes kunthiana and its habitat. Private land holdings having legal titles are excluded from the sanctuary area.


The sanctuary is home to threatened species of elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri tahr and deer.

The new sanctuary is contiguous to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to the northwest, Manjampatti Valley in Amaravati reserve forest of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to the northeast, Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park to the west, Pampadum Shola National Park to the south and the proposed Palani Hills National Park to the east. The sanctuary provides continuity and connectivity to these five protected areas.[2][3]


  1. ^ Mathew Roy (May 07, 2007) "Neelakurinji - generation next" the Hindu, retrieved 5/12/2007 the Hindu
  2. ^ Government of Kerala, Forest and Wildlife Department, Notification No. 36/2006 F&WLD (6 October, 2006) retrieved 5/12/2007 Kerala Gazette
  3. ^ Mathew Roy (September 25, 2006) "Proposal for Kurinjimala sanctuary awaits Cabinet nod", retrieved 5/12/2007 The Hindu