Eravikulam National Park – Experience the Wildlife Adventure Safari in Kerala

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.

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Eravikulam National Park Entrance | Image Resource : flickr.com

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.

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Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

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.

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Eravikulam National Park | Image Resource : keralatourism.org

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.

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Golden jackal in Eravikulam National Park | Image Resource : josefarms.com

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.

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Alappuzha Beach, Kerala – The Venice of the East

The trip to the Southern backwaters of Kerala from Kollam to Alappuzha was a very scintillating and divine experience. It was one of those journeys which completely relaxed my mind and made me fall in love with this beautiful state of Kerala. It truly lives up to its reputation of God’s own country. While reaching Alappuzha, I decided to visit the famous Alleppey beach of the city.

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Alleppey Beach | Image Resource : flickr.com

The beach is considered as a very famous tourist attraction in the city and state and attracts thousands of tourists from all over India. It is an ideal place to spend a weekend and relax on the sandy beaches. The massive Arabian Sea in the west and the dense palm trees on the opposite of the sea makes the place look beautiful.

The beach and surrounding areas are comprised of many lagoons, fresh water rivers and the vast lakes that enhance the natural beauty of the place. One of the main attractions at the beach is the 140 year old pier which also extends into the sea. The place is also called as India’s Venice by the western tourists. It is an awesome place to reconnect with your inner self and enjoy the environment to its fullest. There are plenty of street food shops nearby the beach to enjoy the local food.

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View of Alleppey Beach | Image Resource : blog.sterlingholidays.com

The calmness and solitude one feels while relaxing at the beach is beyond words. I felt very free away from the mechanical life for a while and enjoying the cool winds and staring at the sea waters. There is also a children’s park nearby where one can enjoy boating facilities too. An old light house situated near the beach adds dimensions to its beauty.

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Lighthouse Near Alappuzha Beach | Image Resource : myhindiforum.com

There are many facilities for the tourists to indulge in water sports like swimming, beach volleyball, surfing and sailing. There are many boat races which forms the major part of Kerala tourism. Once I was done with the visit to the Alappuzha beach, I headed back for my houseboat for the night stay and next morning it was time to experience the Aqua tourism of the city.

Destination of The Week : Kumarakom Kottayam Kerala

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VIew of Kumarakom Kottayam Resort | Image Resource : 2camels.com

Kumarakom Kottayam Kerala : Even a spec at the Gods Own Country is beautiful in appearance. I wanted to explore the eventual exquisiteness of this place and after a research came to Kumarakom Kottayam. This little village on the Vembanad Lake side offered views of plenty of flora and bird varieties. It was the most colorful vacation ever in my life.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala – The Majestic Shrine of Lord Vishnu

The air travel was a fantastic one. It was not a very tiring journey and in 7 hours I reached Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. After checking in at my hotel, I got a quick shower and was ready to begin my excursion in this wonderful state. I had shortlisted many places and beautiful tourist spots for my short travel.

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Padmanabhaswamy-Temple |Image Resource : scoopwhoop.com

The first place which I visited during my travel to Kerala was the majestic Padmanabhswamy temple. This is one of a kind temple in the entire world. The main attraction of which is the 100 feet tall gopuram or the tower. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu and devotees from all over the world come to this temple to get blessed by the Lord.

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple | Image Resource : keralatourism.org

The best part about the temple was the idol of lord Vishnu which can be seen through the three doorways of the shrine. The first and second door shows the torso, head and hands of the Lord while the third door gives a glimpse of the feet of Vishnu. It is a majestic 18 feet tall idol which is reclined on Anantha, the great snake.

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Padmanabhaswamy Mahavishnu Idol | Image Resource : srirangaminfo.com

This is definitely one of the most glorious Hindu temples I have seen in my life. Being from the state of Odisha, I have seen many temples dedicated to Gods and Goddesses, but a temple of such majesty and beauty was a treat for the eyes. The Royal family of Travancore, which oversees the maintenance of the temple, has done a very good job in crowd management and preserving the beauty of this amazing temple. There is also a festival named Arattu, which happens in the temple and is said to be the biggest attraction of the city.

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View of Arattu Festival | Image Resource : thirunakkaratemple.org

The food was also very delicious and gave the taste of Southern delicacies. It is very easy to reach the temple. It is well connected with all the major parts of the city and can be reached by railways, roadways buses or private taxis.

After this visit, I headed for the next place. It was the southern backwaters houseboats of Kollam.

Destination Of The Week : Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady | Image Resource: gokerala.org

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady : Some things always bring utter happiness. Seeing an elephant is one of them… Well, not just one, but I happened to see herds of elephants at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. I was thrilled to see them drinking water on the riverside during the boat ride in the river Periyar.