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Periyar National Park
Periyar (also known as Thekkady) is one of the most prestigious regions on the high ranges of the western ghats. Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. The Periyar reserve is noted for its geomorphology, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscape. This sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978, under the project tiger scheme, attracts travellers from all over the world. This is the only sanctuary in India where the wild elephant can be observed and photographed at close quarters. There are two watch towers in the Periyar forest. This place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat.  

Spanning 777 square kilometres, the mixed forest of deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen flora is set around a 55 square kilometres reservoir that is the epicentre for wildlife viewing by boats, are the ideal way to get around and game-view for sightings of the sanctuary.

Main Attraction: The wildlife here includes tiger, sloth bear, wild dog, elephant, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boar, otter, porcupine, civet, common and Nilgiri langurs, lion-tailed and bonnet macaque, giant and flying squirrel, great and grey hornbill, darters, cormorants, mynahs, oriels, racket-tailed and other drongoes, bulbuls, kingfishers and birds of prey. Turtles, snakes and lizards of various species can be seen basking near the lake. Besides boat rides, nature treks are offered by the forest department, and there are longer tiger trails trekking tours with staying facilities inside the sanctuary.

Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala in the higher altitudes of the Western Ghats. Many tourists visit Kerala for its natural and wildlife bounty.
 The Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered specie of the wild goat and the only one to be found south of the Himalayas. Rich in forest and grasses, this park is relatively new as it was in 1978 that the area was notified as a park. The park lies along the high ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful  and is easily comparable to the best   mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.

Eravikulam National Park, Eravikulam, Eravikulam Kerala, Eravikulam India, Travel Eravikulam, Kerala wildlife EravikulamMain attractions : Tigers, panthers, wild dogs, civet cats, jungle cats, sloth bears, leopard, elephant, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langurs wild boar and giant squirrel.  

Chinnar Sanctury
60 km from Munnar, with its unique thorny scrub forests and xerophyte species. Lying in Devicolam Taluk of Idukki district, chinnar was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984. It is located in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats. With an area of 90.422 sq kms, Chinnar is a unique thorny scrub forest. Chinnar is one of the last shelters for the endangered giant grizzled squirrels, which are said to be less than 200, world over. Lying in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, Chinnar gets much less rain than Kerala's other wildlife sanctuaries. The extensive sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction to the place and is an ideal place to watch herds of gaurs passing through the area.

Main attractions: Elephants, gaurs, panthers, spotted deer, sambars, gizzled gaint squirrels, Hanuman langurs, peacocks, star tortoises and Travancore evening browns.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary here spreads over an area of 77 sq km in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of the district, sanctuary was formed in 1976. Situated at an altitude of 450-748 m above sea level, this sanctuary occupies the forest land between the Cheruthoni river and the Periyar river. There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary, covered by an enchanting canopy of tropical ever-green and deciduous trees, and offers boat rides. The wildlife here is similar to that of Thekkady. This sanctuary lies adjacent to the world renowned Idukki Arch Dam.

Main attraction: animals: Elephants, gaur, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tigers, wild boars etc. Birds: Jungle fowls, mynas, laughing thrushes, black bulbuls, peafowls, woodpeckers, kingfishers etc. Snakes: Cobras, vipers, Kraits and a number of non poisonous snakes.


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