WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

 

A huge number of tourists visit the Kerala State for a fun filled holiday with some exhilarating adventure activities. The lush green forest area in Kerala has few national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Kerala is the home for many endangered species. The mountain ranges provide the opportunity of rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking and various other interesting activities. Countless flora and fauna lovers come to Kerala to observe these stunning animals in their natural habitation.

The wildlife sanctuary stretched most of the parts of Kerala and provides a great possibility to celebrate the magnificence of the Mother Nature.

 

PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Situated in Thekkady town, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady wildlife sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife spot in Kerala. The sanctuary witness several rare and endangered species of animals.

This sanctuary been named after Periyar Lake which is located within this sanctuary. The wildlife reservoir is home to some 265 species of birds, 35 species of mammals, many species of Orchids and other flowering plants etc.

One can experience to see many interesting wildlife such as flying squirrel, Malabar giant squirrel, lion tailed Macaques, cobra, sambar, deer, Bengal tiger, Indian elephants, woodpecker, kingfisher etc they all brighten up the surroundings of the Sanctuary.

Some of the famous tea gardens are also located around this place.

Major Activities: Boat cruises on the lake, elephant rides, trekking, Wildlife photography,bird watching.
Best time to visit – November to April
Nearest Town: Kumily (4 kms)
Nearest Rail: Kottayam (120 kms)

 

IDUKKI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Idukki wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Thodupuzha, the Idukki wildlife sanctuary occupies the forested area and is situated between two rivers, Cheruthoni and Periyar Rivers. It is considered as the most beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala, covered with evergreen forests, lush green grasses and is the home to wide range of Wildlife includes animals such as Tigers, Wild dogs, Jungle cats, Elephants, Deer, and Wild Boar etc.

The avian population includes Bulbul, woodpecker, Kingfisher, Myna etc.

With prior permission from the forest department, one can enjoy trekking adventure sports and boat rides, boat cruise.

The tropical evergreen, semi evergreen and moist deciduous forest covers the region and beautiful lake adds the shine to the Sanctuary.

The great reservoir formed by the construction of the Idukki arch dam and dams of Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.

Major Activities: Trekking, boat cruise.
Best time to visit: December to April
Nearest Town: Thodupuzha (40 kms)
Nearest Rail: Kottayam (135 kms)

 

CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary in the Idukki district is distinct from other sanctuaries due to thorny scrub forests. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous for sandalwood forests, waterfalls.

There are watch towers from where you can observe animals. Numerous species of birds are present in the Sanctuary. The major highlight of the Sanctuary is the endangered Giant Squirrels roaming around in groups in good numbers. Other species in the Sanctuary are Tiger, Gaur, Elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, spotted Deer, Hanuman monkey and even peacocks.

Major Activities: Trekking, Wildlife photography, nature walk etc.
Best time to visit: December to April
Nearest Town: Ernakulam (130 kms)
Nearest Rail: Aluva (200 kms)

 

WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an extension of the Bandipur National Park, compromising of thick forests; the sanctuary is home to wide variety of animals including tigers, leopards, elephants, bears. The Sanctuary is recognised under ‘Protect Elephant’ project and hence can be seen around roaming in groups.

Other wild animals in the Sanctuary include different types of birds in the area are Black woodpecker, Pariah Kite, Babbler. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to many animals like monkey, elephants, panther, wild dog, deer etc.

Best time to visit – June to October
Nearest Town: Sulthan Bathery (22 kms)
Nearest Rail: Kozhikode ( 130 kms)

 

PEPPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Peppara wildlife sanctuary is located at about 50 kilometres from the capital state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

The forest of the sanctuary constitutes the catchment of Peppara dam constructed across Karamana River to supply drinking water to Thiruvananthapuram city and under other suburban areas.

The sanctuary is known for its thick forests, dam site, plantations, rocky terrains etc. It is home to wild variety of species such as Tigers, Pantherss, mouse deer, wild dog, elephants, Langur. Many fascinating birds varieties can also be sseen here like Sunbird, Grey Hornbills, Whitebellied Treepie along with fishes, reptiles.

Best time to visit – October to March
Nearest Town: Thiruvananthapuram (50 kms)
Nearest Rail: Thiruvananthapuram (50 kms)

 

PARAMBIKULAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Adjacent to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, this sanctuary offers a fascinating sight of rare wild animals. There are three dams within Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary i.e. Parambikulam, Thunakadavu and Peruvaripallam. The surroundings bounds with variety of trees namely teak, neem, sandalwood and rosewood.

The sanctuary has the largest population of Gaurs (Indiab Bisons). Apart from 150 species of birds, the sanctuary consists of tigers, leopards, elephants, lion-tailed macaques and many more.

There are two watch towers to observe the action of animals.

Major Attractions: Boating, trekking, photography, cruising
Best time to visit – November to April
Nearest Town: Palakkad (125 kms)
Nearest Rail: Palakkad (125 kms)