Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park
Varayadu or Nilgiri Tahr, spotted in Eravikulam National Park, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eravikulam National Park is located in the Idukki District of Kerala in south India.

Eravikulam National Park is part of the Western Ghats. The highest peak after the Himalayas, Anamalai, is inside the National Park area. This National Park is famous for some of the rare species of animals like Varayadu or  Nilagiri Tahr (resembling Goat), Golden Jackal, etc,. Eravikulam National Park helps in animal conservation.

Many mammals, including some of the rare species, are found here in the Wildlife sanctuary. There are a total of 26 species. Birds numbering 132 species are there in  the National Park.

Lokkam Waterfalls, located in the Eravikulam National Park, is a major attraction

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana)
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Park of Eravikulam has “NeelaKurinji’ (Strobilanthes kunthiana), which flowers once in every 12 years. NeelaKurinji flowered last In the year 2006. 46 species of Neelakuringi, out of the total of 200 plus species, are estimated to be in India. Different species flowers differently; some once in a year, some others once in 16 years!

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady, is another nearby National Park in the same district.

How do I Go to Eravikulam National Park?

Eravikulam National Park is accessible by road from Munnar. National  park is at a distance of 15 kilometers from Munnar city which is one of the beautiful tourist sites in India.

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary at 148 kilometers away. Aluva (120 kilometers), Ernakulam (145 kilometers)  and Kottayam (157 kilometers) are the railway stations to nearer to Eravikulam Biological park.

Thekkady

Boat Safari inside Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Indian Elephants in Periyar National Park

Wild Indian Elephants in Periyar National Park, India. (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Pathanamthitta and Idukki Distrcits of Kerala state. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala.

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for elephants and Indian tigers. Periyar Tiger Reserve is part of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This is an animal conservation project to save Bengal Tigers and is called ‘Project tiger’

There is boat safari facility inside Thekkady lake, which offers memorable moments like the sighting of wild elephants playing in the lake and spotting of many other wild animals. You come across many big stumps (bottom part of   trees with no trunks), inside this magnificent lake surrounded by thick forests.

Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Dholes in the Periyar National Park, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Western ghats along the Kerala – Tamilnadu state borders.

Periyar National Park is rich in Flora and Fauna. Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by evergreen and semi-evergreen rain forests. 62 species of mammals including endangered species and threatened species are found here. Many reptiles, birds, insects, etc, are found here.

How Do I Go to Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

The most convenient entry point to Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is from Kumily Town, on the Kottayam – Kumily road (K.K. Road). This road goes further to Kumbam, Theni, Dindigul, Trichy, and other towns of Tamilnadu.

Kottayam railway station is the nearest railway station to Thekkady at 110 kilometers distance. Cochin and Madurai airports are the nearest airports at around 140 kilometers distance from Tkekkedy Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park .

Good Hotels in Thekkady Near Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Lake Palace hotel on an island inside the Periyar Lake offers you the ultimate in comforts, romance and adventure. This property was the erstwhile summer retreat of the Kings of the princely state of Travancore.  Entry to this hotel is allowed only in-between 6 am and 5 pm.

There are many other hotels in Thekkady at Kumuly town and suburbs. Carmelia Haven Resort Vandanmedu, is a good three star resort with a treetop house, near to Thekkady (1 hour drive on your way to Munnar). Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club is a one among the good resorts in Thekkady at Kumily.