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Wildlife & Bird Sanctuaries
  • Idukki
  • idukkibirdsanctuaryIdukki is one of the best locations in Kerala to enjoy the wild beauty of nature. Nestled up in the mountains, Idukki extends an invitation to identify oneself with Nature. Dark and deep forests with springs trickling down rocky crevices, falling steep into unfathomed chasms and rivulets flowing past rare flora and fauna, is indeed an idyllic setting to set oneself free of all fetters, understand, feel and perhaps realise, the beauty, power and glory of life.
  • Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary
  • chinnarwildlifeChinnar is a wild life sanctuary with an area of 90 sq km. The terrain here is undulating and rocky through out at an elevation ranging from 500 to 2400 metres above sea level. The thorny scrub jungle is the unique phenomenon of this sanctuary. The flora in this region consists of thorny scrub jungle, dry deciduous forests, sholas and grass lands.
  • A wide range of wild life is housed in its sanctuary. Elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, tiger, panther, wild dog etc. inhabit in this sanctuary. The aviary includes jungle fowl, spotted dove, pea fowl, jungle crow, Kerala laughing thrush, red vented bulbul, Indian hornbill, small green bee eater, blue throated barbet and a host of other small birds. This sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor - Udumalpet road and is hence accessible by road.
  • Thekkady
  • thekkadywildlifethumbWith its matchless scenic beauty and the facilities offered by the Periyar Lake, Thekkady attracts a large number of tourists. The sanctuary spreads over an area of 673 sq km and is situated at a height of 900 to 1800 metres above sea level. Facilities are available for cruising in this lake.
  • Wild animals seen here include elephants, bisons, sambar, monkeys and wild bear. Fortunate visitors can have a glimpse of the tigers foraging in this area. However on sunny summer days one can see herds of wild elephants bathing in the lake. Bisons are a wary and hardy lot and usually never allow any intruder to approach them and the sound of the motor boats scares them away. But a keen animal lover can stay in one of the few observation towers for a couple of days and luck will surely come his way.
  • Parambikulam
  • parambikulamwildlifeThe Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, which is 130 kms away from Palakkad, extends over an area of 285 sq, Kms. It offers a scintillating sight of rare wild animals. There are quite a few hill tribes here like Malayars, Kadas and Muthuvaans.
  • Boat cruises can be arranged in the Parambikulam Reservoir. The rest houses of State Forest Department at Thoonakadavu, Thellikkal and Elathode offer comfortable lodging facilities. Tree house in the Reserve forest area in Thoonakkadavu has to be booked in advance.
  • Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
  • muthangawildlifeThe wild life sanctuary at Muthaga 20 Kms from Sultan Bathery is developing into a major centre of tourist attraction. Herds of elephants, bear, deer, wild pig etc can be seen here. It is near the Begur wild life sanctuary at Karnataka.
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • thattekkadpicThattekkad bird sanctuary in Devicolam Taluk of Idukki lies on the northern bank of the Periyar River. The area of the sanctuary is 25 sq km. The presence of more than 200 varieties of birds in this area attracted the renowned ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali and his efforts are also behind the formation of this sanctuary. This sanctuary is 80 Km from Cochin and 60 to 450 metres above sea level.
  • Important birds found here include large falcon, gray jungle fowl, white breasted water hen, hornbill, jungle bush-quail, etc. A study conducted by Bombay Natural History Society during 1985 identifies 253 species here.
  • The vegetation in this area consists of tropical evergreen, semi evergreen, moist deciduous forests and plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany etc. Further, more than 28 varieties of animals and nine varieties of reptiles have accepted this area as their natural habitat.
  • Eravikulam Wild Life Sanctuary
  • eravikulamwildlifeEravikulam is proclaimed as a National Park since it supports the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr existing in the world now. Anamudi peak (2695 Metres), the highest point south of the Himalayas falls in the southern part of this park. The park is 135 km from Kochi and is accessible only by road.
  • Most of the park is either grassland or part of the shola ecosystem and the average altitude is 2000 metres above sea level. The temperature varies from -3 degrees Celsius in winter to 29 degrees Celsius in summer. Severe frost occurs between the months of December and January and the average rain fall is 4800 m.m. During the monsoon, lashing rains, high velocity winds and poor visibility makes the area practically inaccessible.
  • A wide variety of plant life is present here. The famous Strobilanthus Kunthianus, popularly known as Neelakurinji is one of the rare and threatened species that grows here.
  • The Nilgiri Tahr is seen in the highlands and rocky regions of this national park. Sambar, barking deer, gaur, giant Malabar squirrel, tiger, panther, wild dogs, civet cat, jungle cat, Nilgiri langur, giant squirrel, grass owl, black winged kite, wood pigeon, black bird, Eurasian kestrel, jungle crow etc. is seen here.
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