Kerala Wildlife Tours
wakes up to some festival or the other every day of the year and Keralites are addicted to the festivals. In short ‘
Keralisation’ of the festivals of different communities is
the unique feature of Kerala life.
Aralam Kerala Wildlife Tours
Wildlife Tour to Aralam Kerala The Sanctuary is spread in an area of 55 sq.kms and located
on the western slopes of the Western Ghats. This Kerala wildlife
sanctuary is the northern most wildlife sanctuary of Kerala,
established in the year 1984. The sanctuary borders the Central
State Farm at Aralam.
The prime attractions of the place are the Forest coast tropical
evergreen and west coast semi evergreen forests. There are about
490 hectares of teak and eucalyptus plantations within the forest
The common trees found in the semi evergreen areas of the
sanctuary are Cinnamomum
Zeylanicum, Hopea parviflora,
Largestroemia lanceolata, Xyliaxylocarpa, Mallotus, and
One can find a variety of animals and birds in
the Western Ghats with different kinds of deer, boar,
and bison. You can also sight Leopard, jungle cat and various
types of squirrels at the Aralam
The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary comes under the Wayanad Division
with headquarters at Sultan Bathery.
The sanctuary is under the
direct charge of an Assistant Wildlife whose office is at Chathiroor near Irutti.
Chinnar Kerala Wildlife Tours
Devikulam taluk of Idukki district Kerala, Chinnar Wildlife
Sanctuary is a well-known reserve that extends over an area of
over 90 sq km. Recognized as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, it
lies in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats. As a result,
Chinnar gets only about 48 rainy days in a year during the months
of October and November when Northeast monsoons are at work.
Apart from being the habitat of the endangered giant grizzled
squirrel in India, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to
tigers, elephant, bonnet macaques, gaur, Kraits, spotted deer,
spectacled cobras, sambar, turtles, vipers, little cormorants,
darters and black eagles. The place is also ideal for boating and
The sanctuary abounds in a variety of trees, including the unique
thorny scrub forest with Xerophytic species. The flora of the
sanctuary comprises dry deciduous forest, thorny scrub forests,
high sholas and wet grasslands. It is, indeed, a reservoir of
tranquil greenery ensconced the verdant valley. Among the species
of flora include Acacia arabica (Karivelam), Acacia leucofolia
(Velvelam), Santalum album (Chandanam), Anogeissuslatifolia
(Mazhukanjiram), Elaeocarpus recurvatus (Bhadraksham) and
Strobilanthus kunthianus (Neelakurinji).
The rippling topography with breathtaking spectacle of craggy
rocks adds to the scenic grandeur of the sanctuary. Best Season
to visit the sanctuary is from December to April. As far as
accommodation is concerned, private lodges are available at
Marayoor, Munnar and Udumalpetta. You can also find accommodation
in the government guesthouses at Munnar and Udumalpetta.
Eravikulam National Park Tours
Wildlife Tour is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of
the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park has the largest known
population of Tahr's existing in the world and also shelters
Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque,
Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards. Spread across an area of 97
sq. kms, the Park exhibits the breathtaking natural splendor of
rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the highest peak
south of Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic
The Eravikulam (15 kms from Munnar) is situated in the Devikulam
Taluk of the Idukki District. The park lies along the high ranges
of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki
district in Kerala. It is situated on the border of Kerala and
Tamil Nadu in the north where it extends as the Annamalai
National Park. The mountains covered with the rolling grasslands
and high level sholas is breathtakingly beautiful. This Park
spread over an area of 97 sq. km, was established to protect the
Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Nilgiri Ibex.The Rajamala is the
natural habitat of this rare mountain goat. Half the world
population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres)
lives here. (Around 1317, according to the 1991 census). It was
declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological,
faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it
was declared as a National Park in 1978. The Park is divided into
3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area.
Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the
Rajamala region. Trekking facilities are available here. Anamudi
(2694 m), the highest peak, south of the Himalayas, is situated
in the south of the Park.
Besides the Nilgiri tahr other important fauna are elephant,
leopard, tiger, malabar civet, sambar, barking deer, nilgai,
langur, phyhon etc. The birds found are imperial pigeon, grey
jungle fowl etc.
Neyyar Kerala Wildlife Tours
The Neyyar reservoir is
easily navigable and extends 9.06 sq. km. The vegetation varies
from tropical wet evergreen to grasslands. The Agasthyakoodam
hill, 1890 metres high, lies in the premises of the sanctuary.
Elephants, gaur, sloth bear, Nilgiri tahr, jungle cat, wild boar,
Nilgiri langur etc. are seen. A crocodile rearing centre, deer
farm and lion safari park are the main attractions
The vegetation varies from tropical wet evergreen to grasslands.
The Agasthyarkoodam hill, 1890 metres high, lies in the premises
of the sanctuary.
Declared as a sanctuary in 1958, it is the drainage basin for the
Neyyar River and its tributaries - Mullayar and Kallar.
Periyar Kerala Wildlife Tours
National Park and Tiger Reserve has a picturesque lake at the
heart of the sanctuary. his reservoir meanders around the
contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial source of
water for the local wildlife.
Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs wander down to
the lake-side and can be observed from the launches that cruise
the lake. In March and April, during the driest period here, the
animals spend a lot of time near the lake and the elephants can
be seen bathing and swimming in the reservoir. A glimpse may be
had even of the tiger during this season, as it comes to the
Among the unusual species found at Periyar are the flying lizard
and the flying snake. With wings of orange or yellow, the flying
lizard is seen as it glides from one tree to the other. The
flying snake is also
brilliantly coloured in yellow and black
with a pattern of red rosettes.
Periyar also harbours the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and
mouse deer. On the rocky outcrops along the lake, monitor lizards
can be seen basking in the sun. Visitors who trek into the Park
often see a python and sometimes even a king cobra.
The lake attracts birds like the darter, cormorant, grey heron
and ibis and they are seen perched on the snags of dead wood that
dot the lake. The great Malabar hornbill and grey hornbill are
often seen flapping their ponderous way between trees.