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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous national parks and sanctuaries in and around Munnar?

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Doesn't the thought of being able to see the rare flora and fauna excite you? If yes, then you will love Munnar it has the most amazing national parks and sanctuaries around it which are really worth a visit.


  • Eravikulam
    National
    Park

    The park is a stretch of rolling grasslands spread over 97 sq. km along the Western Ghats. Formerly, a hunting preserve of the British planters, the Eravikulam park area is now home to the Nilgiri Tahr, a highly endangered species of wild goat. Apart from the Tahr, the park is also home to Sambar Deer, Stripe-necked mongoose, Nilgiri langur and predators like Golden Jackal, Wild dog and the leopard. A record of 132 species of birds found here guarantees that the park is teeming with life forms. A keen eye should be able to spy Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Yellow-throated Martin and Kerala Laughingthrush amongst the many fluttering wings. The highest peak in south India, Anaimudi (2695 m), is located within this park. Also called Rajamalai National Park, you can reach this park within 45 minutes from Munnar


  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    This astounding sanctuary is located at a distance of 60 kilometres from Munnar in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats of Kerala. Towards Marayoor, the park sprawls over an area of 90.44 sq. km with dense green foliage making it look much bigger than it really is. Due to the significant differences in altitude and rainfall, it has a wide range of habitat types like deciduous forests, dry thorny forest, riparian types, sholas and grasslands that are interspersed over plains, hillocks, rocks and cliffs providing suitable habitats for varied forms of life. The rivers make this place ideal for different varieties of birds along with leopards, endangered giant grizzled squirrel, tigers, elephants, reptiles, peacocks, monkeys and exotic butterflies. If you want to trek remember that a prior permission is required to enter the sanctuary for trekking from the forest office in Munnar.


  • Mathikettan National Park

    Located in Poopara village of Udumbanchola taluk in Idukki district of Kerala state, it stretches over an area of 12.82 sq. km. The name literally meaning 'mind confuser' which means that once you go inside the park you will forget the path. The region was declared a National Park only recently to protect rare ecological, faunal, floral and geographical wealth and its environment. The place representing the pristine forests which were a part of the Cardamom Hill Reserve in the high ranges of Idukki district, is a home to Asiatic Elephant, Indian Gaur, wild boar, sambar, wild dog and jungle cat. This park makes for an ideal place for conservation education.

Impressed? Well, these places are truly one of a kind, preserving the natural habitat and providing different kinds of environment for such natural diversity to flourish.

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