The Eravikulam National park: This national park lies at the crest of Anamalai ranges near Munnar, spreading over 97 sq kms of evergreen tropical forests. The Nilgiri Tahr in this park is a rare breed of mountain goat. Herds of Tahrs grazing the hillside are a common scene here. Inside the park and the estates around in Anamalai, elephants roam freely. Nilagiri Langur, lion tailed macaques, monkeys and Sambars are often seen. Wild dogs and even leopards and tigers can be spotted in this park.
Eravikulam is accessible only by foot from Rajamala (18 kms), which is 17 kms away from Munnar.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is situated 60 kms away from Munnar. It spreads over an area of 92 sq kms inhabited by wild animals like elephants, leopards, bears, Gaurs, Sambars, Spotted Deer, boars and several other species. This is the only sanctuary protected with semi arid and dry, deciduous shrub forest in Kerala. Diabolic Point is really a frightening mountainscape where the high peaks of Rajamala steeps down to the deep valley.
Marayur: Marayur is the nearest town to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the only place in Kerala where sandalwood trees grow naturally. The childrens park covering about a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree is a fascinating spectacle. The sandal wood factory run by the forest department is also worth seeing.
Mattupetty: Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 metres above sea level. It is the seat of the IndoSwiss Dairy Farm Project. About 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. The green meadows, the exotic cattle and the rose garden attract a lot of tourists to Matupetty. A few yards away from the dairy farm is the beautiful Mattupetty Lake and dam. Mattupetty is situated at a distance of 13 kms from Munnar. The rare and attractive Neelakurinji (Strobilatanthes) flowers are found in this region. There are about 46 varieties of this plant in Kerala and Strobilatanthes is widely seen in Munnar. It takes 8 to 12 years for the Strobilatanthes to flower. The whole valley is bathed in the violet of Kurunji flowers during the flowering season.
Devikulam: Devikulam is a small town lying 16 kms away from Munnar. Its velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna and cool mountain air makes Devikulam a nature lovers retreat. The picturesque surroundings of the placid Sita Devi lake with its mineral water is an ideal picnic spot.
How to reach there
Nearest bus station: The only way to reach Anamudi is by trekking for 45 hours from the Eravikulam National Park which is 13 kms away from Munnar.
Nearest airport: Nedumbassery (103 km ) and Madurai, Tamil Nadu (162 km).
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam Junction, 140 km and 142 km from kottayam.
Best time to travel
September to February are the best time to visit this park.
- Those who wish to trek should take permission from the Eravikulam National Park authorities. It is also recommended to contact the authorities for details on trekking and weather.
- The only motorable road inside the Park passes through the southern extremity inside the tourism zone (Rajamala) to the Rajamalai tea estate. Another road head leads to Lakkom Muduvakudy on the periphery and is not usable at present. All other movements inside the Park are on foot along trails and footpaths.
For information contact:
Forest Information Centre
Wildlife Warden's Office
Munnar PO, Idukki
Kerala, India 685 612
Tel: +91 4865 231587