Kerala’s first national park, Eravikulam National Park is famous for its collection of tahr. Located in Munnar, the National Park covers 97 square kilometer area along the famous Western Ghats. The park is a heritage site and houses some rare and endangered species of animals, butterflies etc. Offering a great view of tea plantation, rolling hills and neelakurunji, the Park is famous for Anamudipeak, which is the highest peak in South India. The Eravikulam national park’s terrain includes hill plateau, grasslands, sholas, mountain peak, perennial streams that merge with Periyar River or Pamba River, waterfalls and others.


An important tourism zone of the park, the Rajmalai mountain slope is the best place to spot tahr from close quarters. The park is closed during the months of February and March due to mating season. Another major attraction here is the Lakkom Waterfalls that starts inside the park and ends in Pamba River.

Broadly classified as grasslands, forests and shrublands, the terrains inside the Eravikulam National Park are predominantly grasslands. Many species of orchids and balsams can be found in the grasslands. Other top species to spot here are Neelakurunji, cyanotis species and others.

The Park also houses 26 species of mammals including the Nilgiritahr, which has the largest population here. Other mammals to spot are sambar deer, jungle cat, wild dog, leopard, tiger, golden jackal and others. Nilgiri langur, Indian porcupine, Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, dusky palm squirrel, and small clawed otter are among the top small animals spotted here.

Bird lovers can also enjoy the view with 132 bird species residing here. Top bird to spot here are black and orange flycatcher, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri flycatcher, white bellied shortwing, and Nilgiri pipit.

Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park
With a typical tropical montane climate, the peak area of the Park gains heavy rainfall than other parts of the park. March to May marks the summer season in the region and April and May are the hottest months here. Summers are also the best time to spot animals with their cubs as they come to the water sources to quench their thirst.
June to August is the monsoon season here and the place receives high rainfall due to its altitude. The flora might be rich during this season but spotting animals becomes harder.
The winter season starts in October and ends in February. The extreme cold makes it difficult to spot animals. The early and late winter seasons are good times to get a glance at tahr with their small ones.

How to Reach Eravikulam National Park
By AirTrivandrum and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to reach Eravikulam National Park. From the airport, many other transportation options are available to reach Munnar.
By TrainThe nearest railway station is Aluva, located 120km away from Munnar. Many trains from the neighboring states and cities reach Aluva.
By Road - Cabs can be hired from Munnar to reach the park. Government and private buses are available to reach Munnar and from Munnar, hiring cab is easier. 


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