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Eravikulam National Park, Munnar

Elephant in Eravikulam National ParkThe top of the Annamalai range is the home to dense forests and grasslands and this is the very area that forms the Eravikulam National Park. The park is rather nascent as it was established only in 1978 and is home to the largest population of the beautiful Nilgiri Tahr. It was declared a national park to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr which, it was feared, was on the brink of extinction then. On this count, the Eravikulam National Park is a success story for the recovery in the population of this species is remarkable.

It is located in the Idukki district of Kerala within the Devikulam Taluk. The beautiful hill station Munnar is only 15 km away from here. The lush green landscape of the park encompasses undulating hills and grassy hillocks within itself which is a treat for the nature lovers. The natural forests of the region are known as the Sholas and there are several characteristic patches of the Sholas complete with their flora and fauna for you to observe.

Best Time to Visit
The months from October to March are most suited to visit the Eravikulam National Park.

The south western monsoon is the main factor affecting the climate of Eravikulam National Park. The maximum rainfall is received by the region in the months of June to August whereas April and May happen to be the hottest months.
It is 2695 meters high and is the highest peak of the region. Tourists like to trek to the peak which usually takes a day.

It is a hill station which is famous for its picturesque settings and sprawling plantations which seem straight out of the post card.

The park has broadly been divided into three different regions – the core area, the buffer area and tourism areas.

The Rajamalai is the only region where the tourists are allowed. The trekking enthusiasts will love the place as they'll be provided every possible facility to explore the area. You'll be allowed up to Anamudi on foot.

Backwater Cruise
There is one more activity which you can indulge in either way. Either you can choose to go on a backwater cruise from the Eravikulam National Park or you can do the reverse of it. Go on a backwater cruise and enjoy the sights of wildlife at its very best at the Eravikulam National Park.

How to Reach?
Cochin is the nearest airport from the Eravikulam National Park which is 143 km away. The airport is connected with major cities by regular flights. Ernakulam (Cochin) is the nearest railway station which is 115 km away. The park headquarters is located at Rajmalai and there is a motorable road which leads you to it. Rajmalai is well connected by road with the major nearby cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The wildlife resorts at Eravikulam National Park are the following:
» Tall Tree Resorts
» Club Mahindra Resorts
For exploring the Eravikulam National Park Munnar is also a right place to stay at. The major accommodation options that are available here are:
» Royal Retreat at Kannan Devan Hills
» Residency at Top Station Road
» Hotel Isaacs
» S. N. Lodge
» Govt Guest Houses at Munnar and Devikulam

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