Kerala is a land of sheer fascination where tourists come from across the globe. Endowed with rich flora and gorgeous greenery, Kerala is not only known for its beaches and backwaters but also for its enchanting wildlife. The wonderful tropical forests of this state are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Kerala wildlife sanctuaries are among the major attractions of Kerala tourism.
Some of the famous wildlife destinations of Kerala are:
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
It is a Tiger Reserve and a National Park located in Thekkady in the beautiful Idukki district. Sprawling over an area of 778 km sq, the Park boasts of a variety of wildlife species such as 62 species of mammals, 320 bird species, 45 reptile species, 27 amphibian species and 160 insect species. You can enjoy a boat ride on Periyar lake inside the Park. The best time to visit this park is from September to March.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
This wonderful sanctuary is marked with thick forests, springs, rivulets and rich flora and fauna. Covering an area of 77 sq km, located at an altitude of 750 m above sea level, the sanctuary is famous among wildlife enthusiasts. Wildlife species like tigers, elephants, jungle cats, cobras, woodpeckers, kingfishers, cobras and deer are found here. This destination is famous for its elephant population. The best time to visit this place is from December to April.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
It is a bird paradise where bird lovers come from across the globe. It is ideally located on the banks of Vembanad Lake in the Kottayam district in Kerala. Its exotic collection of birds and picturesque environment make it a must-visit destination of Kerala. Some of the other inhabitants of this sanctuary are leopards, tigers, Nilgiri Tahr and wild pigs. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to February.
Eravikulam National Park
This popular park is known for being the home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. It boasts of the highest population of Nilgiri Tahr in the world. The landscape of this park is very beautiful. It is also the home to the Atlas moth which is the largest moth in the world. Anamudi peak, the highest peak of South India, is also located inside this Park. It is also a perfect place for trekking. The perfect time to visit this park is from September to February.
There are several other wildlife destinations in Kerala such as Wayanad, Silent Valley National park, Chimmony and Chinnar.
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