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