Munnar National Parks

Eravikulam National Park

     Eravikulam National Park is about 15km from Munnar. This park spans over an area of 97 sq. km from Munnar. This place again, abounds in flora and fauna.  It is the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr existing in the world now. Anamudi peak, the highest point (2695 m) is located in the southern region of this park.  The park is 144 km from Cochin and is accessible by road. A wide variety of plant life is present here. The popularly known Neelakurinji is one of the rare species that grows here.  The Nilgiri Tahr is seen in the Highlands and rock regions of this national park.  Sambar Barking Deer, Gaur, Giant Malabar Squirrel, Tiger, Panther, Wolf, Pigeon, Blackbird, Jungle Crow etc. are also seen here. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

      Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is about 60 km from Munnar.  There is a wide range of animals and a good number of birds in this sanctuary. Animals include elephant, gaur, sambar, porcupine, lion tailed monkey etc. Birds like jungle fowl, spotted dove, Meralalanghing thrush etc are seen there. A visit to the sanctuary requires the permission of the Wildlife Warden, Idukki Wild Division.


     Rajamalai is the original inhabitant variety of animal species of the region is the ‘Nilgiri Thar’ whose population is dwindling.  The total number of them according to an estimate is a mere 1317 (subject to variations in number with time). The Rajamalai region is the only region out of the three in the park, in which tourists are allowed, the other two being the buffer and the core area.