state of Kerala is situated on the western coast in the far south of India.
It is a tropical state - green and lush and is shadowed with the natural
beauty of mountains & hills, rivers & lakes, backwaters .The western
ghats of Kerala provide a natural habitat to wildlife and and houses 16
wildlife Sanctuaries. The enchanting flora and fuana attracts tourist from
all over the world and is a much saught wildlife destination in India.
Periyar wildlife Santuary
Periyar wildlife Santuary in kerala is one of the largest and most visited
wildlife reserves in India . It occupies 777 sq.kms. of the Cardamom Hills
region of the Western Ghats The Santuary is 150 miles away from Cochin and
is surrounded by green rich plantations and dense forests. The park makes a
convenient place to break the long journey across the Ghats between Madurai
and the coast.
The exotic scenery is beautified by lake Periyar created by the British in
the year 1895. Boats are considered the ideal source to cover the mystical
scenery around the lake. Periyar is a veritable paradise for elephants,
sambar, wild pig, Malabar flying squirrel, gaur, stripe-necked mongoose and
over 260 species of birds including Nilgiri wood pigeon, blue-winged
parakeet. The unusual species found in Periyar are flying Snake and Flying
lizards. The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between October to June.
Idduki Wildlife Santuary
The Sanctuary is located just above the Idduki arc dam, one of the first
major hydroelectric project in kerala. The sanctuary was build in the year
70 sq km area of forest land between the Periyaar and Cheruthoni rivers. The
Santuary is 40 km fom Thodpuzha, Kerala and the nearest airport is 143 km.
IDDUKI is surrounded by lake on three sides which offers panoramic view to
the tourists.The Santuary houses elephants, bison, sambhar, deer, wild dogs,
jungle cats, tiger, wild boar etc reptiles such as cobra, viper, krait and a
large number of non- poisonous snakes
Chinar Wildlife Santuary
A well Known wild life santuary of South, Chinar is the habitat of the
endangered Giants Grizzled Squirrel of India. It is spread over an area of
90, 422 Sq Kms and is within the proximity to Eravikulam National Park and
Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu .This sanctuary is easily
accessible from Udumalpet in Tamil Nadu and Munnar in Kerala. The ideal time
to visit the santuary is between October and November. The nearest airport
is Cochin International Airport about 150 kms from Munnar and the nearest
Railway station is at Ernakulam.
The Eravikulam National Park is a must for tourists wishing to experience a
bit of wilderness while on Kerala travel. The foundation of the santuary was
laid for the preservation of Niligiri tahr, one of the endangered species of
the planet.. It spreads over 97 sq km and was declared as National Park in
the year 1978.The nearest airport is 135 km away at Kochi and the nearest
railway station is at alluva, 115 km . The park is 17 Kms from Munnar.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
This Santuary is located at South east corner of the Western Ghats and
covers the total area of 128kms. The Santuary is easily accessible and
extends 9.06 kms. A crocodile rearing centre, deer farm and lion safari park
are the main attractions.
Silent Valley National Park
Located 40 kms from Mannarkkad in the Palakkad district, The Silent valley
cultures Indias exclusive stretch of tropical rain forests. The Valley
houses over a 100 species of Butterflies and 400 species of Moths and other
animals like the Ceylon Frog Moth, Great Indian Hornbill, the Nilgiri
the Lion-Tailed Macaque. The nearest airports is at 55 km at coimbatore and
the nearest railway station is at Palakkad/Palaghat . The ideal time to
explore the beautiful flora and fuana is between September to March.Prior
permission is required from The Divisional Forest officer at Palakkad to
visit the Santuary.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom is ornothologists paradise as it is regularly visited by
exohirbitant number of birds from all over the world. Kumarakom is near
Kottayam , 80 km from Cochin.and is situated at the bank of Vembanad
lake.The best time to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is between November
and March, when it serves as a winter home for a wide range of migratory
birds, most of them from Siberia.Water Fowls and Siberian cranes are the
prominent species that captures tourist attractions.
Aralam wildlife Sanctury
Aaralam is small sanctuary on the slopes of the Western Ghats. It is rich
in both Flora and fuana. Leopards, Jungle Cats and fauna endemic to the
Western Ghats are found here. Aralam is easily accessible from the airport
located at Kozhikode as well as railway station at Thalassery. Th
Peppara National Park
Peppara is an emerging wild life Santuary attracting tourists from all over
the world .It is spread over an area of 53 Sq Kms and is surrounded by large
hills and Eucalyptus Plantations. There are 13 tribal Settlement in the
Peppara is easily accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram Ponmudi
road and is 55 Km from the nearest airport at Thiruvananthapuram. The best
time to visit is from October to June.
Jeeps and trucks are the only vehicles which could take you to the
Sanctuary located 40 km from Mananthavady. The tourists can stay at PWD rest
house, Forest Rest house and Forest Inspection Bungalow at Mananthavady.
As the state of Kerala reveals itself, you gradually find out the richness
of the state in terms of wildlife as well as its divine natural beauty. Dig
a little deeper and you discover the untouched environment of the Wayanad
Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll actually have to visit in flesh and bones to
experience the spell the place casts on you.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
How come Kerala gets it right every time when it comes to being an
attractive tourism destination? You are now on a virtual tour of one of the
most popular National Parks of Kerala. The location of these dense tropical
evergreen and deciduous forests is in the Kotrhamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam
district. There are about 500 bird species in this bird sanctuary which was
notified in the year 1983 after a recommendation to the effect was made by
Dr Salim Ali. The sanctuary covers an area of about 25 sq km which can only
be termed as a paradise for the nature lovers.
Other Important Sanctuaries
» Parambikulam National Park
» Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
» Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary