My stay in Kerala so far was very nice. All the places which I visited so far relaxed me a lot and made the trip worth. The next place which I visited in Kerala was the Idukki district located near Trivandrum. I went to visit a famous National park there known as the Eravikulam National Park. The park is made in a huge area spanning across 97 square km and is located along the Western Ghats.
The Park is currently managed by the Department of Forest and Wildlife of Kerala and Munnar Wildlife Division. There are many animals which can be found inside the park. Nearly 26 species of mammals are said to be living there. It also houses the largest surviving Nilgiri tahr population, a small tribe with 750 individuals.
There are many animals which one can spot at the National park. I was lucky to have spotted the Indian Samba Deers, Golden jackal, Jungle Cats, Wild Dogs, Leopards and a few Tigers during my wildlife safari. Apart from these animals one can find monkeys, mongoose and Porcupine everywhere. Elephants are also said to be inside the Park however I wasn’t able to spot any of them during our safari.
Apart from the animals, the Park also has a rich and diverse collection of flora. Grasslands, Shrub lands and Forests are found everywhere at the National park. One thing about the park must be noted that it is the prime inhabitant of the Nilgiri Tahr population and hence Government of Kerala is doing every possible thing to protect them. The park was declared as a national park in 1978 and ever since it is thronged by tourists from all over the world.
It is a nice and adventurous place to spend an entire day away from the man made monuments and places. Experiencing nature by going into the woods is a thrilling feeling in itself.
My trip to Kerala was reaching the concluding phase, so I decided to make the most of it. Once I was done with the trip to the Eravikulam National Park, I headed for my next place which was the Munnar Hill Station.