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Eravikulam National Park

Place

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Idukki District, Kerala

Nearest town

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Munnar (15km)

Best time to visit

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October to March

Main attraction

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Nilgiri Tahr

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The Eravikulam National Park (15 kms from Munnar) is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It lures the travellers with its irresistible grace and beauty. The  97 sq km 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 extends as the Annamalai National Park. The mountains covered with the rolling grasslands and high level sholas is breath-takingly beautiful. This park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Nilgiri Ibex. The Rajamala is the natural habitat of this rare mountain goat. Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres) lives here. (Around 1317, according to the 1991 census).Besides the Nilgiri tahr other important fauna are elephant, leopard, tiger, malabar civet, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, langur, phyhon etc. The birds found are imperial pigeon, grey jungle fowl etc.

  It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978.  The park is divided into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. 

Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. Trekking facilities are available here. Anamudi(2694 m), the highest peak, south of the Himalayas, is situated in the south of the park.The towering Anamudi,  shrouded in a delicate film of mist, and then suddenly swathed in sunlight, is a sight so spectacular that it will remain fresh in the memory of every visitor. Neelakurinji, a unique species of flowers that sprout once in 12 years, grows profusely on these grasslands, transforming vast areas of hilly terrain into floral celebration. A lot of tourists come to Eravikulam to marvel at this blue-spangled phenomenon.