Eravikulam National Park– Kerala
Famed as the first national park in Kerala, the Eravikulam National Park also boasts of being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country! Perched along the magical beauty of the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of God’s Own Country, this scenic wildlife reserve is also the home to the soaring Anamudi Peak; the highest peak in South India.
Adding more to the alluring charm and appeal of Eravikulam National Park, there are numerous perennial streams and dense grasslands that make this park a must visit national park in Kerala. Visitors to this protected reserve can easily spot exotic species like Tigers, Elephants, Leopards, Nilgiri Tahrs, Sambar Deer, Golden Jackals, Jungle Cat, Wild Dogs, and several others. For the birdwatchers too, this national park serves as an ideal place to spot avifauna like Nilgiri Pipit, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, and much more.
Along with all these, Eravikulam National Park also takes the pride of being the indigenous home to a newly found species of frogs. Nature and wildlife lovers can also revel in the untouched flora of this park and make their Kerala trip memorable!
How to Reach Eravikulam National Park:
Munnar is the nearest attraction to this scenic national park in Kerala; only 15km. Visitors can easily reach Munnar from almost all major cities in South India, and can hire private vehicles to reach Eravikulam National Park.
Aluva, which is around 120km away from Munnar, is the nearest railway station to this park. Coimbatore also has a railway station that is around 165km from Munnar also serves as an ideal point to reach Eravikulam National Park.
Cochin International Park; within a distance of 148km from Munnar, and Coimbatore Airport; with a distance of 175km from Munnar, are the nearest airports to reach Eravikulam National Park.
Best Time to Visit Eravikulam National Park:
Eravikulam National Park remains closed during the monsoons due to the heavy showers within the vicinity. Visitors on their Kerala trip must visit this astound wildlife abode during the months of September to November and April to June for the best wildlife experience.
Safari Timings in Eravikulam National Park:
The parks remain operational form 07:00AM to 06:00PM every day. However, it remains closed for around 45-60 days from the 1st of February every year as it is the calving season.