Wildlife Sanctuary travel information Kerala
Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Munnar in Kerala. This wildlife sanctuary
is spreaded across an area of 97 sq. kms, the park exhibits the breathtaking
natural splendor of rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the
highest peak south of Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic
pride. The Atlas Moth, largest of its kind in the world, is a unique possession
of the park. Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the
preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Main Attraction : Nilgiri
Tahr, Atlas Moth, Best Time to Visit : November to April
The park is divided
into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area.
Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamalaregion.
Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on
foot up to Anamudi. The Eravikulam (15 kms from Munnar) is situated in
the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. The park lies along the high
ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district
in Kerala. It is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the
north where it extends as the Annamalai National Park. The mountains covered
with the rolling grasslands and high level sholas is breathtakingly beautiful.
Park spread over an area of 97 sq. km, was established to protect the
Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Nilgiri Ibex.The Rajamala is the natural
habitat of this rare mountain goat. Half the world population of the endangered
Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres) lives here. (Around 1317, according
to the 1991 census). It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering
the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance,
it was declared as a National Park in 1978. The Park is divided into 3
regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors
are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region.
Trekking facilities are available here. Anamudi (2694 m), the highest
peak, south of the Himalayas, is situated in the south of the Park.
The vegetation type of this region is mainly tropical evergreen forest.
Grasslands, shrubs, and forests are what one finds throughout. Grasslands
with patches of forests known as sholas in between cover almost the entire
Other rare species
of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards,
tigers, etc. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here
and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.
How to reach
Cochin is the nearest
airport from Eravikulam - 143 kms - is and connected to many places in
India by regular flights.
The nearest railway
station is Ernakulam (Cochin), - 115 kms - from where there are regular
trains to all the metros in the country.
A motorable road is
there up to Rajamalai, the park headquarter. From Rajamalai, one needs
to travel on foot for around 18 kms. Rajamalai is at a distance of around
17 kms from the Munnar town connected to many places in Kerala and Tamil
Nadu by regular bus services.
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