Eravikulam National Park

eravikulamThe Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Idukki district. The park is bordered by Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and the tea estates of Munnar. It lies at a height of 450 m to 748 m above sea level. It was established with the aim of protecting the endangered species Nilgiri Tahr. But due to its wide range of flora and fauna and also its ecology, it was considered as a National Park. Around 16 km northeast of Munnar is the hill side where the Neelakurinji flower is grown which blossoms once in 12 years.

There are about 300 species of animals which includes mammals, birds, amphibians and butterflies. Atlas Moth which is the largest of this species found in the world can be seen here. It is one of the major attractions of this place. An endangered species found in this park is the Nilgiri Tahr which gives pride to this area. The highest peak in south India i.e the Anamudi hills are located here. Nature lovers get s chance to trek in these hills. These areas are covered with beautiful grasslands and are found mainly in the upper regions of the valley. Many streams flow through this park and form the tributaries of the rivers Periyar and Chalakudi.

The view of the hills is an attractive sight to the visitors. The one day trek from the Lakhom waterfalls to the Pakkumarathery is exciting as the people can also take a look of the Anamudi peak and can also have an overnight stay at the huts here. Close to the Eravikulam National Park lies the Munnar which is a hill station famous for its wide variety of spice plantations and cool climate. Some attractive places that are near to this Park include Athucacad and Cheeyapara Falls, Mattupetty and Sethuparvathipuram Dams, Lockhart Gap, Pothanmedu, Nyamakad Gap, Director’s Leap Viewpoint etc.

How to Reach
District : Idukki
Nearest Bus Station : Munnar bus station at a distance of 15 kms
Nearest Railway Station : Aluva railway station
Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport / Madurai International Airport