The Eravikulam National Park is placed at a height of around 7,000 ft above sea level and is home to striking diversity of flora and fauna. The park is situated in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki District, which was originally established to preserve the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, owing to fact of the National Park’s abundance in ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological. The flower Neelakurinji that blossoms once in 12 years covering the entire region in blue colored blanket, can also be witnessed at this place.
The place was the former hunting place of the Britishers. Today it personifies wildlife at its best. Another major attraction of this park is the Atlas Moth, which is the largest of its kind in the world, though the pride of the park is still the endangered species- Nilgiri Tahr. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi Peak, is also located at this place. The hill offers exciting opportunities like trekking and wildlife spotting at this park.
Eravikulam National Park is home to endangered Himalayan goat also called Nilgiri Tahr. Including these, the national park is home to various other species like Dhole, Dusky Palm Squirrel, leopard, wild dog, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Sambar deer and Indian Muntjac. Apart from fauna, avia fauna has also been special feature of this sanctuary. Some bird species found here are Black and Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Pipit, White Bellied Shortwing, Nilgiri Verditer Flycatcher, etc.
- Rare Habitat– The most significant feature about this park is that it holds the endangered species of Nilgiri Thar. The sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit as the place is featured with rolling grasslands and shoals, stretched over an area of about 97 sq. km in the Kannan Devan hills. The park includes around 25 species of mammals, 120 species of birds and 100 varieties of butterflies, Atlas Moth and 20 species of amphibians.
- Highest Peak– Anamudi Peak is the highest peak here and is also the highest peak of South India.
- Activities: Jungle Trekking, Angling and Photography
- Dressing Restrictions: Nothing as such, but don’t wear flashy dress or dresses with bright in colors, as it might catch the attention of the animals and you might miss their sight.
- Nuisance: Nothing as Such.
- Entry Fee: For Indians, it is Rs. 15 per head and for foreigners, Rs. 200 per head. Ordinary cameras’ fee is Rs. 25 and for movie and video cameras, Rs. 2000 per day. For heavy vehicles, fee is Rs. 200 and for light vehicles Rs. 50.
- Best Time to Visit: Can visit any time of the year, except monsoon season as the park remains closed, but the best time is from September to November and April to June.
- Accessibility: By Bus, Train and Airways. Munnar is the nearest place for accessibility to the park.
- Visiting Hours: The Park is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.