New Amarambalam reserved forests and other nearby areas were proposed as a new wildlife sanctuary called Karimpuzha National Park. Karimpuzha National Park is spread over the Malappuram and Palakkad Districts of Kerala and Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. It is contiguous to Silent Valley National Park to the south and extends up to Nadugani pass.
This new proposed wildlife sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (the first International Biosphere reserve in India). It is part of Western Ghats, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Karimpuza was listed as a proposed Wildlife Sanctuary by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, in 2006.
Karimpuzha National Park is also called as New Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary. It has an area of around 265 square kilometers. The proposed Wildlife sanctuary is at an altitude of 40 meters (131 feet) to 2,554 meters (8,379 feet). It is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state of Kerala.
New Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Mammal species numbering around 25 (almost all Mammal species of Western Ghats), including endemic & threatened Lion-tailed macaque and Nilgiri Tahr are found here.
Bird species numbering around 212 are found here in this wildlife park and its surrounding areas. Restricted range of bird species numbering around 16 are seen here. One critically endangered bird species and two vulnerable bird species are also found here. At least, 3 among 52 near threatened bird species of India are found here.
How Do I Go to Proposed New Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary or Karimpuzha National Park?
Proposed Karimpuzha National Park or New Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary route map is given above.