Things to know about Eravilulam National Park

Posted by Travbroad Holidays on December 3rd, 2020

The place’s scenic landscapes and beauty allure nature enthusiasts around the world. The National Park has announced a wildlife sanctuary in 1975. Eravikulam National Park achieved its reputation from tourists especially mountaineers and nature admirers. The major attractions of the park include the endangered species of Nilgiri and the beautiful but rare flowers of Neelakurinji. The flowers only bloom once in twelve years and the estimated time of the next sighting is 2030. The tour to the national park is regulated by the Forest Department to lessen air pollution and protect the park.

Among Kerala sight-seeing places, Eravikulam National Park influences the leading position because of its enormous diversity. Eravikulam National Park is positioned in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and extended across 97 square kilometers. The park has high rolling hill plateau with a 2000m height and grasslands. The park is the abode of many different wildlife species such as Gaur, Nilgiri Tahr, Sambar Deer, Indian Muntjac, Nilgiri Langur, Small-clawed Otter, Nilgiri Marten, Indian Porcupine, and Elephants. Travbroad provides the best packages for Kerala. Not just animal species the park is also home to various bird species too which involve Orange and Black Flycatcher, Nilgiri Pipit, White-bellied Shortwing, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, and Kerala Laughing Thrush.

Echo Point: Experience Natural Echo Phenomena

The echo point is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. The view and the sound illusion it serves never failed to shock the visitors. The point also provides a breathtaking view of the tea plantations. The Core Area and the Buffer area of the park are restricted but the Rajmalai area is open for tourists. A minibus takes the travelers to the Rajmalai area and the trip terminates at the photo gallery and store. After the echo point, one can try a trek up to the vantage point. The buses take visitors back down to the start. Private vehicles are not allowed in the park in order to keep air pollution under control.

The Peak of Anaimudi

The peak of Anaimudi that resides within the park has an elevation of 2,695m and is one of the most visited tourist places in Kerala. The north and south slopes are unsafe but the other slopes are more trophic. The word Anaimudi signifies ‘Elephant’s Forehead’ because the mountain looks like an elephant’s head. The travelers can walk up to 2 km up the foothills but special permissions are mandatory from the forest Department if one wants to get to the peak.

Keep in mind that the park stays closed during February and March due to the mating season of Nilgiri Tahr. The park has around 26 species of mammals, 132 species of birds, and 19 species of amphibians. Apart from that, it also consists of 101 species of butterflies. Scientists recently spotted a new bright reddish-orange-colored species of frog with exceptionally short legs.

Neelakuranji Flowers: Wait of 12 Years

The park is formerly covered by grasslands but it changes into a bluish carpet when the Neelakuranji flowers bloomed once every 12 years. Apart from the majestic Neelakuranji flowers, Eravikulam National Park is also popular for its orchids and balsams. A rare species of orchids called Brachycorythis wightii was also discovered here. The park also is the home of some medicinal plants. Another type of terrains named sholas is the home of butterflies which also lies here.

Besides wildlife species, the park is also known for its medicinal plants. The park is engaged in the development of biodiversity that’s why activities like hunting, grazing, forestry, and other developmental works are inhibited. The park is opened daily from 7 AM to 4 PM but remained closed in February and March. Eravikulam National Park is the must-visit place of Keralawhich helps to associate therapeutic beauty.

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