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      The Western Ghats, the natural mountain barriers of Kerala, bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are home to the majority of Kerala’s forests and wildlife. Kerala has numerous wildlife national parks and Sanctuaries. The enchanting green forests with elephants, tigers, leopards, and many indigenous and water birds give the tourist a rare & unforgettable sight.

Periyar Tiger Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Idukki
Location : Thekkady , About 160 kms from Cochin International Airport

      A combination of the forests of the Periyar tiger reserve and the mountains of Munnar is more than anything one can ask for. Just 180 km from Kochi, is the thickly forested wildlife sanctuary at the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady is one of the country's major sanctuaries.

      The journey from Periyar to Munnar takes you through rough mountain roads, passing through the cardamom plantations. You may chance upon the enchanting flying squirrels, herds of elephants or even the tiger,birds like the Malabar pied hornbill or the crested serpent eagle or even butterflies like the Malabar tree nymph. On the mountains of Munnar, you can witness the peaceful world of the shola-grasslands at over 7000 feet. During 1895, a reservoir across River Periyar was constructed in the present reserve area. This area covering 600 Square kilometers was declared as Nellikkampetty Sanctuary in 1934. In 1950, some area was added to the existing land and the sanctuary was renamed as Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.


      The drive to Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. The artificial Periyar Lake (spreading on an area of 26 square kilometers), which encircles the wildlife areas, adds beauty to the sanctuary. The animals, water and land birds can be seen from the boats available at the lake.

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Idukki
Location : Munnar , 180 kms from Cochin International Airport

      Eravikulam National Park opens up a secure sanctuary that protects the Nilgiri Tahr apart from a number of other wild animals. Eravikulam gained the status of a National Park in the year 1978. The Eravikulam National Park is located on the Eravikulam Plateau that lies at an altitude of 2,000 meters above the sea level on the base of the Anaimudi Peak on the Western Ghats in Munnar, Kerala, South India. The Nilgiri Tahr or Hemitragus hylocrius - an endangered mountain goat which is a very close relative of the mountain goat found in the Himalayas is the main attraction of this National Park.

Nilgiri Tahr

      The members of the wildlife family at the Eravikulam national park include tigers, elephants, gaur, leopards, sambhar, jungle cats, sloth bear, civet cats, lizards, lion-tailed macaque, snakes, squirrels, wild dogs, small clawed otters, ruddy mongoose et c.Some of the popularly sighted birds at the Eravikulam National Park located in Munnar, Kerala, South India include warblers, flycatchers, Indian Cliff Swallow, Kites, Buzzards, Laughing Thrush, Scimitar Babbler, Nilgiri Pied Bushchat, Harriers, Eagles, India Kestrel, Sandpipers, Large White Rumped Swift and other birds.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Idukki
Location : Chinnar , 200 kms from Cochin International Airport

      Chinnar wildlife tours takes you to a nature rich land that offers a natural habitat for wild animals such as the grizzly giant squirrel, gaur, elephants, sambhar, munjtac, hanuman monkey, loris, panthers, sloth bear, chital, rabbits, leopards, elephants, star tortoise and other wildlife .

      Follow the jungle trails that take you deep into the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary on your Chinnar wildlife tours. As you follow this nature trail you are bound to come across a plethora of bird and animal life that enchant you completely. You can spot different bird species on your Chinnar wildlife tours such as minivets, orioles, drongoes, bulbuls, parakeets, hawks, eagles, egrets, herons, kingfisher and other birds. Be pleasantly taken aback as you reach the panoramic Thoovanam waterfalls deep inside the Chinnar wilderness on your Chinnar wildlife tours with Kerala Flexi Tours. Climb up the tall watchtowers located deep inside the Chinnar forests and get a birds-eye-view of the untamed beautiful Chinnar wilds and its inhabitants.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Palakkad
Location : Parambikulam , About 170 kms from Cochin International Airport

      The Palakkad Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 285 square kilometers over the lush green Anna Malai hills. The undulating landscape of the sanctuary provides the perfect set up for a wildlife sanctuary to thrive in its fullest. The Kerala Parambikulam national park has a thick cover of bamboo, rosewood and sandalwood trees.

      Parambikulam has a varied wildlife that include species of wild animals like leopards, wild dogs, sloths, crocodiles, civet, tigers, elephants, wild boar, barking deer, spotted deer, monkeys, langurs, porcupines and macaques. Parambikulam boasts of around 140 species of rare and exotic birds. It is said that this sanctuary has the largest population of the Indian bison also known as the Gaur. The sanctuary can be visited anytime during the year but it is best to avoid visiting during the monsoons.

Indian Bison or Gaur

Silent Valley National Park
District : Palakkad
Location : About 190 kms from Cochin International Airport

      Located in the lush green Kundali hills of Palakkad, Silent Valley national park is the last known region that is untouched by man. Scientists value the rich biodiversity of this place and take pains to keep it this way. The vegetation found in this park is varied and has been categorized into four major types. These include tropical hill forests, temperate, grasslands and moist tropical evergreen.

Giant Squirrel

      The wildlife found here is rich in not just big animals but also small animals, reptiles and insects. The animals over here include elephants, leopards, tigers, boars, etc. The endangered Lion tailed macaque and Nilgiri Langur are found over here. Along with the animals, one can find number of reptiles like snakes, amphibians, etc over here.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Location : 50 kms from Trivandrum International Airport

      Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 1983, in order to protect and preserve its rich and diverse flora and fauna. The Peppara Dam, a large water reservoir built on the Karamana River and covering an area over 5.82 sq km, is situated in the heart of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. The topography of Peppara chiefly comprises of highly undulating hills with elevations varying between 100 meters to 1,717 meters. The major wildlife in Peppara include Elephants, Indian Bison, Sambars, Barking Deer, Wild Boars, Tigers, Panthers, Wild Dogs, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Malabar Squirrels and Mouse Deer to name a few. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in its avifauna, especially water birds, including Darters, Little Cormorants, Pied King Fishers and Egrets and diverse population of moths and butterflies.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
District : Wayanad
Location : About 20 kms from Kozhikode (Calicut)

      Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipore national parks of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Located 15 km from Calicut in Kerala, the sanctuary is an integral part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which was solely created to protect and conserve the extremely rich bio-diversity of the region. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is also a famous Project Elephant site of India, as it has a very rich population of these wonderful pachyderms.


      The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary shelters a wide variety of wildlife which includes Asian Elephants, Leopards, Tigers, Guar (Indian Bison), Giant Squirrels, Jungle Cats, Civet Cat, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Dogs, Deer etc. Among birds Peacocks, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Jungle Fowls, Cuckoos and Mynas are commonly seen in the sanctuary.

      Other nearby tourist attractions : On tours to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, you can visit the enchanting Chembra Peak, the highest peak in Wayanad, offering ideal conditions for trekking. Other must see tourist attractions here includes the Edakkal Caves with some interesting ancient carvings on the walls representing human and animal figures, Kuruva Island, Pookat Lake and Sentinel Rock waterfalls. Visitors can also enjoy exciting elephant rides in the lush surroundings of the sanctuary.

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