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Location: Idukki
Also Known As: 40 Km from Thodupuzha, 155 km NE of Kochi, 148 km S of Coimbatore
Main Attraction: Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time To Visit: Nilgiri Tahr(Wild-Goat)

Idukki (Eravikulam) National Park - The Silence of The Tahrs

Nilgiri Tahr Kid
Nilgiri Tahr Kid at Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Major Wildlife Attractions : Egrets, Herons, Darters, Drongoes, Teals and Hundreds of Other Birds.
Major Safaris : Safaris in Wildlife Sanctuary, Temple Visit, Tour of Spice Gardens.
Other Attractions : Malankara Dam, Kurasha Para, Thomankuttu Water Falls, Annamalai Temple, KariKodu Bhagawathy, Sri Krishnaswamy Temple.
Best Time To Visit : September to October.
Don't Miss : The view from the National Park that is situated 7000 ft above sea level is absolutely breathtaking.
Getting Around : Kalvari Mount, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Moolamatton, Peermade, Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, Cheruthoni Dam.
To Shop : East Fort Compound – Mundus, Gold Jewellery, Brass Lamps, Kairali Handicrafts near Statue Junction – Straw Bags, Mats.
Getting There : Nearest Airport - Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery -55 km.
Nearest Rail - Ernakulam Junction – 57 km.
Road - 65 km E of Kochi, N-H-49, S-H-8.
Inside Tip : Try to record the melody of birds using your Binoculars.
Important Distances : Kochi – 65 km, Ernakulam – 57 km, Thekkady - 60 km, Munnar - 50 km, Thodupuzha - 60 km, Neriyamangalam - 22 km, Vellathooval - 33 km.
Where to Eat : Gopuram, Hotel Aarathi, Hotel Woodlands, Pappen's Restaurant, Maurya Monarch.
Staying Options : River Banks, Greenberg Resort, Pimenta, Maurya Monarch, Hotel Stoneage.

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"A voice so shrilling ne'er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
I listen'd, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more"

--- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Take up Kerala tourisn to visit the Idukki wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. The first time when you will drive through the narrow, muddy and slippery paths of the Nilgiris, you will be swiftly ferried - over the wild flowers abundant on South Indian hilltops - to another world of fantasy, altogether. It is a completely different experience to look at the waves of grassy hillocks, lay like an unbroken sheet of green, stretching in every direction one can imagine. Crisscrossing these grasslands are many white streams, bubbling in perpetuity like an infatuated coryphée, eager to embrace the melody of love. Said to be the apogee of evolution - reached the perfect state of harmony possible - the Eravikulam National Park in Kerala is a magnificent board to dart your holiday vacations.

Where The Grass Goes Green

Once a hunting preserve of British planters, the forest tract of Eravikulam today epitomizes wildlife conservation in Southern India. The main attraction is the Nilgiri Tahr (locally called as varai-aadu), a highly endangered species of the wild goat, which was all but poached into extinction in the 1950s, until the deep greens were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1975, and in 1978 a national park. Thanks to total absence of poaching over the years, the vulnerable specimens can now be seen in handsome numbers, and are said to be so habituated to human presence that now, they often have to shooed off the roads to allow vehicles to pass! Look at the ease with which these mammals negotiate the slippery, rocky drives, and the speed with which they run, would make anyone wonder if they have somehow bypassed the laws of gravity.

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Outpost of Wilderness

Idukki Dam near Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Idukki Dam near Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

The famous wildlife attractions in Idukki national park is colassal. From the main road, a smaller estate road leads you 5 km to the Rajamallay Checkpost, gateway to the Eravikulam National Park. After getting an entry ticket, one can walk along the road, keeping an eye open for the famous Tahr. The whole route is bedecked with wild flowers and green creepers, that provide a grand vista to the beholder. At one time, the tahr would be baited in the reserve with salt, but fortunately, they have now became so ubiquitous that their fearlessness has become a cause of concern for the forest department. The mere sight of terrestial orchids by the road and a couple of green imperial pigeon and emarald doves playing with them, is enough to transform a weary soul into an alcove of imagination. You might have to murmer "Paadasparsham kshsmaswa may" (forgive me for stepping on you) which is even better than to be attacked by blood-thirsty leeches that infest the dark and deep patches of the forest. Don't forget to visit the Interpretation Centre, which houses a small collection of wildlife exhibits, hundreds of photos and books of wild animals and plants. Take up Eravikulam National Park safari to see the most popular wildlife attractions of Kerala.

The Nilgiri Retreat

While on wildlife tours to Kerla, enjoy the popular Idukki wildlife sanctuary in Kerala India. Unfortunately, there are no dwelling facilities amid the greens at the Eravikulam-Rajamallay sanctuary. However visitors can find options to suit every budget at Munnar. One of the finest staying options is provided by Kerala Tourism at the Tea Country, located a kilometre from the city centre. It offers excellent four-star facilities including a health club and an ayurvedic massage centre. One can fly up to Kochi (155 km) and can get a taxi from the airport to reach Munnar. One can even drive Chinnar to Munnar (uphill) and enjoy the picturesque landscapes carpeted around. A motorable road is there up to Rajamallay, the park headquarter from where one needs to travel on foot for around 18 kms to reach the park gate. Rajamallay is at a distance of around 17 kms from Munnar town connected to many places in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by regular bus services. Otherwise, tourists can also ride a bus, which depart on every 15 mins from Thodupuzha's KSRTC bus stand. Do remember that picnicking is discouraged inside the reserve due to fear of pollution and consequent threat to wildlife. Littering, particularly of plastic articles, is strictly forbidden. For more tourist related information, visit their own website

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Idukki Wildlife

Paint Your Eyes Green
Welcome to the wilds of Idukki, also known as Eravikulam National Park, and explore life from its wildest side. Chase a Tahr, see a deer dart and capture a crowd of elephants in your camera.

Wings of Paradise
Come to see the famous wildlife attractions of Idukki nationsl park. Spot egrets, herons, darters, drongoes, teals and hundreds of other birds dwelling in the interiors of Idukki. Hear them sing. Take their family photograph. See them dance and make love and you cannot resist yourself appreciating their acrobatic skills.

A Rendezvous With The Nilgiri Tahr
Half of the world populaton of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr dwells in the the greens of Eravikulam National park safari in Kerala. Friendly as they are, pat them on the back or pose with them for a beautiful picture.

If Only You Have Carried More Films
Incidentally, the view from the Idukki national park, situated 7000 ft above sea level, is incredibly breathtaking in its extent and diversity from the favourite picnic spot at the Director's Leap viewpoint.

A Walk In The Greens
Enjoy a cruise through the dark patches of Idukki wildlife safari tours. Try to record the melody of the birds with every beats of nature. Try to catch a butterfly. Look for some long tailed drongo perching on tree tops. Whatever you do with nature, you will always have a colourful memory to cherish.

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