Eravikulam Wildlife Diaries
In the series of Wildlife Hotspots of Kerala, next comes Eravikulam National Park in Idukki. This is a hero amongst the wildlife spots as it is world renowned for various uniqueness in it.
Idukki is one of the precious crown jewels of God’s Own Country and has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries due to its natural splendour.
The Eravikulam National Park lies hidden inside the wilderness of Idukki near Munnar.
The Park is home to the world famous Nilgiri Tahrs. This sacred haven for this exotic animal is a relief in a time when different species are disappearing off the face of the planet. Some rare animals and endangered species of butterflies can be spotted here. The park is also famous for great view of tea plantation, rolling hills and Neelakurinji. Situated in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district, people also flock to this park to view the special Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once every 12 years. The next sighting is expected to be in 2030.
Eravikulam National Park is the first of its kind in Kerala. Yes - it is Kerala’s first national park. This park is famous for its collection of tahr. Nilgiri tahr is a goat like species that is endangered.
Munnar wildlife division and the Forest and wildlife division of Kerala runs the park. The park is a heritage site. The Eravikulam national park’s terrain includes hill plateau, grasslands, sholas, mountain peak, perennial streams that merge with Periyar River or Pamba River, waterfalls and others
The park also boasts of hosting South India's highest peak, Anamudi (2695 m), in its southern area. This park is spread over an area of 97 square kilometres and packs tons of fun spots for people to have a good time in. One can see the crowds around the Echo Point, where the natural view and unique setting adds to the eponymous phenomenon. The Rajamalai region of the park is open to the public and from here; the exotic Nilgiri Tahr can be viewed.
The Rajamalai region falls under the tourism zone of the area. The other two are the Core area and Buffer area which are both not open to the public. There is a host of trekking options as well in the area.
The rare flora and fauna present in the park also attract visitors. Official vehicles take people on trips where one can experience the biodiversity of a high elevation shola-grassland system. One can view rare terrestrial and epiphytic orchids and beautiful wild balsams along with the Nilgiri Langur, leopards and the Indian Bison as well. The early months of the year are the only time when the park is closed as this when the Tahrs are calving. The rare habitat and sanctuary is open to everyone throughout the year.
Except for the calving times, the visit hours of the park are between 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.