The Amazing Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

 

From the famous wildlife sanctuary I headed towards the Eravikulam National Park, Kerala, which is located on the Western Ghats in the Idukki district. The whole area is under the Kerala forest department and the Munnar wildlife division. There are several other parks and wildlife sanctuaries surrounding the place and the area is under consideration for the UNESCO world heritage site. I came to know that the committee is reviewing all the details before they declare it as one of the heritage locations in the country.  However, there are different types of animals and habitats in the wildlife sanctuary. The largest number of surviving animal is the Nilgiri Tahr.

 

Eravikulam National Park Kerala
Eravikulam National Park Kerala | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 

I could also see many other animals such as the wild dog, cat, jackal, sambar, gaur, mongoose, Indian porcupine, and squirrel amongst others. However, I learnt from a local person that elephants visited the place seasonally. Apart from all that there were 132 species of birds available in the area and there were some famous birds such as the wood pigeon, short wings, flycatcher, laughiungthrush, Nilgiri pipit, and many more.

 

 

The place also marked the presence of various butterflies and nearly 101 species of different kinds of butterflies were found in that area. According to reports nearly 19 species of amphibians were reported in that particular area. The whole national park was spread over an area of 97 square km and the valleys surrounding the park gave a nice view. I had an amazing experience while moving around the park. The park was best known for some endangered species and held the largest population of such species.

 

Anamudi
Anamudi | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 

I had a great experience at the Eravikulam National Park, Kerala and loved every bit of my stay there. I loved national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and those helped me to collect some of the best collection of photographs on my camera. The park is situated at an elevated height of 2,000 meters and the terrain consisted of high grasslands. Anamudi, which is the highest peak in South India, was inside the park as well. I could also see many tributaries, which emerged from the park.

 

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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