Munnar, Munnar Tourist Attractions

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district in Kerala. Eravikulam National Park was established in 1975 to protect the Nilgiri Tahr. Eravikulam was declared as a National Park in 1978 considering its ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphologic and zoological significance. The park is breathtakingly beautiful as comparable to the Alpine ranges. Anaimudi peak, the highest mountain peak in South India is situated in the southern region of the park. 

Eravikulam National Park, Munnar

This park covers an area of 97 square km. This park is one of the wettest regions in the world. The park is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed to visit only the tourism area which is in the Rajmalai region. The vegetation comprises of rolling grasslands, exotic flora and the shoal forests. The Neelakurinji is the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here. This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD.

Wildlife attractions in Eravikulam National Park

Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park

The major wildlife attractions in the Eravikulam National Park are the Nilgiri Tahr. Almost half of the world population of Nilgiri Tahr is found in the Eravikulam National Park. According to 1991 census, about 1317 Nigiri Tahrs are found in this park. The various other animals which are found in the park are the Tigers, panthers, Wild dog, Civet cat, Jungle cat, Sloth bear, Nilgiri langur and wild boar. These animals can be sighted in the open grasslands and shoal forests. The Altas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, can also be seen in this park.

Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park

The best time to visit the Eravikulam National Park is in the early morning and evening. The best season to visit this park is from September to November and from April to June. The visitors are not allowed to visit during the monsoon.

How to reach here
By Air:
The nearest airport is located at Kochi which is about 135 kms.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Aluva which is about 115 km from Munnar.

By Road:
Eravikulam National Park is about 15 kms from Munnar, 135 kms. from Kochi and 148 kms. from Kottayam by road.
 
 
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