Anamudi Shola National Park near Munnar Hill Station

Anamudi Shola National Park is near Munnar Hill station, in Idukki District, Kerala state. Anamudi Park is one of the smallest national parks in India.

Anamudi Shola National Park Entrance
National Park Entrance

Anamudi-Shola National Park is at an altitude of 2,152 meters (7,060 feet) to 2,305 meters (7,562 feet). It is located along the Western Ghats. Anamudi Wildlife Park is a protected area, spread over seven and a half square kilometers. It covers Idivara shola, Mannavan shola, and Pullardi shola.

Black-naped Monarch seen on the Western Ghats.
Image courtesy – Biju P. John.

This national park is rich in flora and fauna. Tigers are seen in the protected area.

Pambar River flows through the sanctuary. This river is one of the three rivers that flows eastwards from Kerala (River Kabani and River Bhavani are the other two rivers originating in Kerala and flowing eastwards).

Mathikettan Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary are the surrounding national parks to Anamudi-Shola National Park. Thoovanam waterfall is a fall inside the nearby Chinnar sanctuary.

Anamudi National Park is around 130 kilometers from Periyar National Park. Periyar National park is the most famous national park and wildlife sanctuary in the state of Kerala.

How Do I Go to Anamudi Shola National Park?

It is situated around 36 kilometers from Munnar Town. Anamudi-Shola National Park can be accessed from Kanthalloor-Perumala Road. Kanthalloor town in Idukki district is the nearest village. Kanthalloor is around 4.5 kilometers away from the entry gate of the Anamudi-Shola park.

Kanthalloor is known for fruits like Apples, Strawberries, Blackberries, Plums, Gooseberries, Oranges, egg fruits, peaches, and passion fruits. Kanthalloor is the only place in South India to grow apples.

Pollachi railway station is the nearest station, at around 100 kilometers from the Anamudi-Shola National Park.  Aluva Railway Station (near Ernakulam) is around 150 kilometers distance.

Coimbatore International Airport and Cochin International Airport are situated at around 150 and 160 kilometers distance, respectively.

The Wildlife Warden’s office at Munnar can be contacted by Phone number +91-4865-231587.

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