A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.
An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area - Rajamalai - the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Here one can observe the Nilgiri Tahr at close quarters.
Best Period to see
September to November and from April to June is the best season to visit Eravikulam National Park. The park is closed for the visitors during the monsoon.
How to obtain there
Nearest airports are Cochin International Airport in Kerala, about 150 km and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, about 175 km. Taxi and Buses are easily available from both the cities.
BY RAIL The nearest railway station is Aluva in Kerala, about 120 km from Munnar, which is well connected from the other cities in India.
BY ROAD Eravikulam is about 13 km from Munnar, well connected to other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by Public transport buses.
More great attractions can be found in the Explore Wildlife in India page.