NATIONAL PARKS OF INDIA


Eravikulam National Park - Kerala





Eravikulam National Park is located in the Devikolam Taluk of Idukki district in Kerala. The park is nestled in the high ranges of the Kannan Devan Hills of the Southern Western Ghats. It is spread over an area of about 97 sq. km. and is about 2000 meters above the sea level.

Brief history
During the colonial period, the area was managed by the High Range Game Preservation Association as a Game Preserve for the renowned Kannadevan Hills Produce Company. It was declared a sanctuary in 1975 and as a national park by the government in 1975.

Flora
Three major types of vegetations found in Eravikulam National Park are - grasslands in the upper regions; Shola forests in the folds and valleys and Shrub lands in the bases of the cliffs.

Fauna
The Nilgiri Tahr, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Leopard, Tiger, Giant Squirrel, Panther, wild dog, Civet cat etc. are important animals of the park. The Atlas moth, the largest moth in the world, is also found here.

Travel information
Munar is an important entry point to the park. The town is well connected by roads with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The closest railway station to Munar are Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu (about 165 Km away) and Aluva in Kerala (about120 Km away). The Coimbatore airport in Tamil Nadu (almost 175Km) and the Kochi airport (almost148 Km) in Kerala are the nearest airports.

Tourist information
No accommodation facilities are available within the park. However, several staying options are available at Munnar. Littering within the park is prohibited. Private vehicles are not allowed but a 30-minute Mini-bus trip takes tourists up the hill along the scenic beauty. Visitors can also trek back in 30 minutes (1.3 km) from where buses take them back to the park entrance.

General Information
Address: Eravikulam National Park, Wildlife Warden, Munnar PO, Idukki District, Kerala - 685612, India
Contact no.: +91-4865-231587
Ideal time to visit: September to March
Visiting Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (daily)
Entry fee applicable

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