After lunch at the forest department canteen, we began our hike to the log house including one guide named Kannan and his brother. The guides provided us clear advice on how to conduct ourselves in the woods. If you aren't careful, this mysterious jungle can become dangerous. Always make sure you don't get left behind and pay attention to the guides' hand gestures. Also, never try to speak loudly because it may alert wild animals, causing you to miss your chance to spot one.
From the beginning, the walk follows the "Chinnar" river. The famed Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest in Tamil Nadu is located on the other side of the river. After an hour of walking along the Chinnar River's banks, we arrived to the intersection of the "Chinnar" and "Pambar" rivers, which merge to form the "Kootar" river, which flows to the Amaravathi reservoir in Tamil Nadu, according to the locals.
During our journey, the Hanuman Langurs, also known as Tufted Grey Langurs, are the main hosts and can be found in large numbers. The faces and ears of these Langurs are black, and they are mostly grey. The guides warned us that there are crocodiles in the river, but we were not fortunate enough to see one.
Chinnar is the home of the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, a huge tree squirrel, found in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Grizzled Giant Squirrel is exclusively found in the Chinnar Sanctuary's riparian woodland. Two protected tribal communities, the Hill Pulaya and Muthuva communities live as different settlements in various parts of the sanctuary. The profit from the trek goes to the development of these communities.
Chinnar is located in the Western Ghats' rain shadow zone, receiving only little rainfall compared to Munnar. As a result, the vegetation appears to be relatively dry, and diverse plant species that can endure moderate rainfall can be found.
The trek trail deviates from the river meeting place to the Pambar river's banks, where we had to walk on top of rock surfaces along the river for half an hour before reaching the Pambar log cabin on the Pambar river's banks. Once they get at the log house, the guides will begin preparing dinner and will ensure your safety throughout the night. We had a bath in the shallow areas of the river after arriving. There are certain locations where the depth exceeds 8 feet. If you're visiting, always follow the recommendations of your guides. We had a wonderful experience with the guides that accompanied us on our journey.
Our guide brought us black tea in the morning and we took a different route to the checkpoint. There is a watchtower on the return journey from which we had a fantastic view over the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary and Periyar tiger reserve. We returned to the forest office after spending 20 minutes there, completing our one-day journey. From the log house, the morning walk took an hour and a half. We returned to Devonshire Greens resort in the vehicle that the resort had already sent for us after eating breakfast in the forest department canteen.
In comparison to the other main woods in and surrounding Munnar, Chinnar will be a unique experience. The climate and weather are completely different from those found in the adjacent wildlife sanctuaries. It's intriguing to consider how nature can display such a wide range of atmospheres in only a few kilometres.