Snuggled in the verdant foliage of the Western Ghats in Kerala
are 12 Wildlife sanctuaries and 2 National Parks. Kerala plays
host to an enviable wildlife brimming with mountains, sprawling
grasslands, dense forests coupled with the chirping of birds,
whistling of crickets and other typical jungle sounds. The exciting
Kerala Wildlife will bind you in an intangible bond with the warmth
and finesse of nature. Kerala, nicknamed as “God's Own Country”
is bequeathing with natural bounty – mountains, hills, rivers,
lakes, backwaters, shoreline, beaches, pilgrimage and historic
sites. The enchanting green woods with its rich flora and fauna
make Kerala a haunt for tourists and wildlife aficionados.
Kerala owns many wildlife national parks and sanctuaries that
provide shelter to multiple forms of animal life. Kerala Wildlife
provides tourists a unique opportunity to view various rare creatures
amidst natural backdrop adding to the thrill of your holiday in
Kerala. On your tour of Kerala with Kerala Backwater you can see
wild animals like elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, tigers, leopards, lion-tailed
macaque, deer, monkeys, civet cats, squirrels including the Malabar
giant squirrel. You will also notice varieties of birds including
woodpeckers, Malabar hornbills, kingfishers, darters, plovers,
kites and many multihued butterflies and moths flutter by as you
drift along a Kerala Backwater. The shoreline will showcase various
genus of crabs, mudskippers, turtles and deeper in the water you
can see fishes and even crocodiles.
Periyar National Park Kerala
The Periyar National Park, in Kerala is acknowledged as one of the
preeminent wildlife sanctuaries in India. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
is situated at the fabled land of Thekkady in the Idukki district
of Kerala around the artificially created Periyar Lake.
Silent Valley National
The Silent Valley National Park brilliantly tucked in the Palakkad
district of Kerala is a treasured resource of biodiversity. Situated
in the Kundali Hills, 40 Kms from Mannarkkad, in the Western Ghats
in Kerala, the Silent Valley National Park is one of the few remaining
pristine forest areas in the Western Ghats.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary stretches over 9.06 sq. km. The sanctuary
is abundant in natural vegetation which varies from tropical wet
evergreens to grasslands. The terrain with its treasure of flora
and fauna makes this sanctuary a perfect gene pool preserve.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise. Kumarakom
is a preferred haven of migratory birds like the Siberian stork,
egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary festooned
with the lavish green woods will leave you bewildered as you witness
the multi-hued native kingfishers, egrets, night herons, golden-backed
woodpeckers. You can also relish the acrobatics of the fly-catchers
and bird lovers.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is located in the Devikulam taluk in the
Idukki district of Kerala, 15 km north of the hill station of Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park was legitimatised as a wildlife sanctuary
in 1975 and declared as a national park in 1978. Eravikulam National
Park with its sprawling lawns extending over an area of 97 sq km
proudly shelters a hefty populace of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr
(mountain goat found in South India).
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Straggling over an area of 90 sq km in the Devikulam taluk of the
Idukki district, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a much sought after
wildlife reserve. Cuddled up in the warm lap of the Western Ghats,
Chinnar was recognized as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984. Chinnar
is placed within the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, so
it receives very little rainfall.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 450-748 mt above sea level, this sanctuary occupies the forest land between the Cheruthoni River and the Periyar River.
The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is an ornithologist’s
paradise. Home to various species of rare birds, Parambikulam Wildlife
Sanctuary is also copiously wooded with Bamboo, Sandalwood, Rosewood,
Teak, some marshy land and sprinkled patches of grassland.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Nedumangad taluk of Thiruvananthapuram
district. Topographically mountainous, the wildlife sanctuary expands
over an area of 53 sq. km Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary encapsulates
dense forests and the Peppara dam built on the Karamana River to
multiply the supply of drinking water to Thiruvananthapuram and
its neighboring suburbs.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is acknowledged as an idyllic abode
for tigers and leopards. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was certified
as a wildlife sanctuary in 1973. The sanctuary forms a major part
of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.