Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Devakulam Taluk, Idukki KERALA
Kurinjimala Sanctuary protects the approximately 32 km² core habitat of the endangered Neelakurinji plant in Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Devakulam Taluk, Idukki district of Kerala
Spreads over 32 sq kms, this Kurinjimala sanctuary is the only one of its type in entire South India to conserve the natural habitat of endangered flowering shrub Nilkurinji occurs at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 metres. Along with Nilakurinji, the sanctuary also protects the biodiversity of other vegetations that is native to the south Western Ghats. Situated in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district, the sanctuary has high altitude Shola and Montane grasslands with deciduous and evergreen forests at lower altitudes along with Nilakurinji and Shola forests in the valley. Besides these, the sanctuary plays home to Nilgiri wood-pigeons, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Gaur, Sambar Deer and some of the rare species of Tiger, Nilgiri tahr etc. A hotspot for adventurous trekking and rapelling, kurinjimala attracts a lot of thrill seekers to its core. For someone to gaze into the wilderness of nature this sanctuary is a haven and it attracts the wildlife photographers too.