Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary View

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats, India. It is located in Kollam district of Kerala and comes under the control of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve.The sanctuary is having an artificial lake of nearly 18.69Sq.km size and also surrounded by the reservoir of Thenmala Dam. The Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure house of plant diversity. About 1257 species of flowering plants belonging to more than 150 families are reported from this sanctuary of which 309 species are endemic to Western Ghats. Birds from 267 species including migratory, endemic and endangered species have been reported here. The first eco-tourism project in India, Thenmala Eco-tourism Project has been formulated in and around Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary. Interestingly, the sanctuary is located in and around Thenmala’s Ecotourism project, which is the first of its kind in India. It is named after the locally-named Chengurinji tree which is native to this place. There are a number of trekking packages available for tourists to experience the luxuriant greenery and wildlife up close and personal. And if you are lucky, you just might get to see a prowling tiger or leopard or the flighty Sambar deer and mouse deer or the Indian Giant squirrel or the Nilgiri langur. The trails take you through altitudinal variations of up to a 1000 meters, but amazing sights of beautiful birds and butterflies keep you going, wanting to see more of wildlife in their natural habitat. All the bevy of trekking packages start at the Thenmala Information Center.