If you are in Munnar, you cannot miss a visit to the Eravikulam National Park, the first national park set up in Kerala and home to a number of endemic species, notably the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Here, the diversity of the high-altitude Shola grasslands is in full view as you are drive to Rajamalai in vehicles owned by the Forest Department. The sight of the rolling grasslands and mountains is breathtaking in itself, with the park spread across 97 square kilometers along the Kannan Devan hills. Another notable point of interest here is the Anamudi Peak, lying at an altitude of 2,695 meters above sea level. This is the highest mountain in India south of the Himalayas, and is a prominent sight from the core area of the park.
The Eravikulam National Park is abundant in some rare endemic flora as well, including beautiful wild balsams and epiphytic orchids. And apart from the Nilgiri Tahr, the park is also home to such majestic creatures as the Indian bison, tiger, leopard and Nilgiri Langur. As a tourist, you’ll be taken through the Rajamalai tourism zone of the park, which includes an interpretation center. The rest of the park – the buffer area and core area – are restricted entry. The park generally remains closed in the early months of the year for the calving period of the Nilgiri Tahr. You also have some soft trekking trails, like the Kurinji Trail that takes you through the tracks of the Nilgiri Tahr and the Neelakurinji-filled grasslands. Another sight to be seen here is the Lakkom waterfall that lies along the Pambar River.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MUNNAR
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