Eravikulam National Park




Brief


Eravikulam is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala in the higher altitudes of the Western Ghats. The park extends from the latitude 9°40′ in the North to the longitude 77°20″ in the East. A part of the Idukki district, Eravikulam is very near to the scenic hill station of Munnar.

During the British Raj, the North Travancore Land Planting Society owned the region of Rajamalai and Eravikulam, but they later handed over the area to the Kannan Deven Hill Produce Corporation. The Corporation turned the region into a private hunting area, as it was found unsuitable of tea plantation. The region of Rajamalai was declared a wildlife sanctuary way back in 1936, but the present sanctuary was established only in 1975. In 1978, the status of the sanctuary was upgraded to the level of a national park.

The Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered specie of the wild goat and the only one to be found south of the Himalayas. Rich in forest and grasses, this park is relatively new as it was in 1978 that the area was notified as a park. 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 is extends as the Annamalai National Park.

In and Around


Anamudi Peak
It is located at the interior of the Eravikulam National Park, the Anamudi Peak serves as the crown for the reserve area being accomplished with variant flora and fauna. The peak is also being recognized for possessing the endangered species of animals like Nilgiri languors, leopards, tigers, and macaques. Lying at a peak of 2695 m, the Anamudi peak shelters many animals. This is the location that brings a perfect chance to meet the nature with the fantastic longing for trekking on the hills.

Atukkad Waterfalls
This is a scenic waterfall that lies 2 kms away from the town of Munnar. This is the most visiting site for the tourists to find some lucrative and romantic escapes along with the wildlife longings.

Echo Point
Tourists prefer this place for trekking and nature walks and is the worthy place located at the distance of 15 kms from the reserve. This point is being illustrated with lush green hills where the tourists can get a fascinating effect of their voice echo in the valley especially by the youngsters. The sot is also being studded with great panoramic views of the area, clean mountain air, misty hills to make the place worth visiting.

Lakkom Waterfalls
The Lakkom waterfalls is being located around 25 kms from Munnar towards Udumalaipettai and is an essential part of the Eravikulam stream of the national park belonging to one of the main tributaries of Pampar River. The Lakkom waterfalls even if having a lower heights will bring an amazing view to make the area ideal for swimming for the tourists due to the formation of a natural pool puckered in a complete privacy.

Forest Rose Garden
This famous garden located at a distance of around 2 km from Munnar is an impressive rose garden with a variety of flowers. Being treasured with ample ranges of flowers is a must visiting place during Munnar trip or on the way to visit the national park.

Munnar
Known for pristine natural beauty, salubrious climate, untouched landscape, vast stretches of tea & cardamom plantations, Munnar is just around 45 minutes drive from the national park. A perfect destination for the adventure freaks, honeymooners, nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
A biodiversity hotspot, located in the Nilgiri Mountains, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 580 species of fauna that includes 34 species of mammals and 29 species of snakes. About 65 km from Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala, Chinnar is spread over an area of 90.44 sq km and is among the 12 wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

Idukki
Idukki, the district of Kerala that boasts Munnar and Eravikulam National Park, is the area blessed with abundance of natural beauty, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, waterfalls, spice groves, impressive climates and scenic beauty.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Named after the legendary ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Ernakulam district of Kerala is one of the noted bird sanctuaries of India. By spreading across an area of 25 sq km, the park is home to over 280 species of birds including Crimson-throated Barbet, Sunbird and Fairy Blue bird.

Vagamon
A perfect hill station for the honeymooners, Vagamon is located on the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts in Kerala. Lush green vistas, sparkling rivulets, waterfalls and dense pine forests make the place very romantic and beautiful.

Best Time


September to November and from April to June is the best season to visit Eravikulam National Park. The park is closed for the visitors during the monsoon.

How to Reach


By Air
Nearest airports are Cochin International Airport in Kerala, about 150 km and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, about 175 km. Taxi and Buses are easily available from both the cities.

By Rail
The nearest railway station is Aluva in Kerala, about 120 km from Munnar, which is well connected from the other cities in India.

By Road
Eravikulam is about 13 km from Munnar, well connected to other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by Public transport buses.

Stay / Eat


Where to Stay
The Panoramic Getaway
Chithirapuram, Anachal Munnar Rd,
Idukki Dist, Munnar, Kerala 685565

Orchid Highlands
Chithirapuram, Kerala

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