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National Parks in Kerala

By Krishna Teja - June 25, 2020
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Kerala isn’t just known for its rich biodiversity, long sun-kissed beaches and dazzling backwaters. Prevalently known as God’s Own Country, the state has much more to offer regarding pleasant evergreen woods. These forests of Kerala lie in the southern locale of the Western Ghats. They are honoured with infinite vegetation. The national parks in Kerala are a window to the green gaudy that surrounds Kerala, and you can enjoy this at the following national parks. 

1. Anamudi Shola National Park 

Safari road through Anamudi Shola National Park
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Anamudi Shola National Park was formed to secure the wildlife and their ecosystem. Situated in Idukki, the National Park lies in a zone of 750 hectares. It is home to a few endemic creatures and plants. It comprises of Mannavan shola, Idivara shola and Pullardi shola backwoods. 

You would enjoy going on a trekking trip inside the forest. En route, you can catch a couple of the 62 types of trees, 39 kinds of climbers and 174 herbs. The one of a kind biodiversity and the environment of the place is another fascination for Wildlife aficionados. 

The ideal time to visit: November to April 

2. Eravikulam National Park 

Eravikulam National Park Rd, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala
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The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is one of the most viewed national parks in Kerala and is known for the jeopardised Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from that, you can see rare and remarkable animals. 

Settled among the mesmerising tea plantations and misty hills, the Wildlife reserve is a fascination you can’t help it. Eravikulam is also known for the blooming of Neelakurinji flowers, which happens once in 12 years, and there is a huge rush to see those first blossoms laid in a floor covering of characteristic green. Situated inside the Wildlife centre is the Anamudi Peak with a height of 2695 meters. If you are a wisecrack, you can climb the hill and watch the overlying scene. 

The ideal time to visit: November to April 

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3. Mathikettan Shola National Park 

Situated in the Udumbanchola taluk of Idukki locale, Mathikettan Shola National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in Kerala. With prevailing verdure comprising of different varieties and even the perfect measure of gems, it would be an excellent encounter to go on a trek or a jeep safari. The Forest division permits you to make game plans for trekking in the timberlands. This will also give you a glimpse of Offbeat travel in Kerala. Various attractions in the National Park are the crocodile park, elephant safari, lion safari and the deer park. En route, you can treat your eyes on the waterfalls too. 

The ideal time to visit: November to April 

4. Pambadum Shola National Park 

Situated in Marayoor town of Idukki, Pambadum Shola National Park is an easily recognised name amidst nature-loving sweethearts. It was perceived as a national park in 2004. It had been drawing in an enormous convergence of visitors from that point forward. 

The rough landscape in the tropical evergreen timberlands of Kerala with all the natural vegetation never forgets to astound every wildlife enthusiast. It is said that the national park houses 93 types of moths and 10 types of butterflies, with many elephants, buffaloes, wild canines, deers and langurs too. 

The ideal time to visit: January to March 

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5. Periyar National Park 

Lake view in Periyar National Park
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Periyar National Park, also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is located close to the hills of Western Ghats. This heaven has some unfathomable natural life to keep an eye out during jeep safaris and trekking endeavours. You could likewise do elephant riding in the wilderness or take the boat safari in the Periyar Lake to see more animals and birds in their unique natural surroundings. 

It is believed that there are more than 1800 flowering plants, 265 bird varieties, 143 types of orchids. The Park itself lies in the excellent spread of 675 square kilometres. 

The ideal time to visit: November to April 

6. Silent Valley National Park 

The Silent Valley National Park is notable for its endangered species, such as tigers, sambhars, jaguars and a variety of unique vegetation. Those searching for experience can go on a 7-kilometre trek to take your risk at untangling the riddles of the forest and even go at a rise of 1376 meters above ocean level, with uncommon authorisation, obviously. It is also one of the Haunted places in Kerala.

The quiet greatness of the woodland never forgets to tempt even a person with interest in rain forests.

The ideal time to visit: September to March 

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7. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism 

Elephant spotting in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
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Known to be the second-biggest National Park in Kerala, the zone is home to a variety of wildlife. This national Park in Kerala is a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve beside Nagarhole and Bandipur territory of Karnataka. Promising a charming view with a lot of encounters, the sanctuary has been pronounced a Project Elephant site. You can spot these creatures wandering around if you drive along the road. 

Being a thick forest arranged amidst the hills of western ghats, the sort of animals you can spot here would incorporate Indian bison, tigers, elephants, deer, panthers, wilderness felines, civet felines, monkey, wild mutts and bears. With the natural view and the untamed wildlife, the haven draws in photographers and natural life lovers. 

It is no big surprise why people who love the wild and the greenery make it a point to visit these Forests regularly. These National Parks in Kerala are must-visit places for every nature lover out there. Just book your stay with Pickyourtrail and enjoy your vacation in Kerala.

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