Kerala Wildlife Sanctuaries


Kerala a verdant state in South India has some well-known wildlife sanctuaries where you can see the rare and unique wildlife of this tropical region. Some of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries are:

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:
This wildlife sanctuary in the Idukki district of Kerala, is set around the Periyar Lake - an artificial lake created by a dam on the Periyar River. Originally the royal hunting ground of the Maharajas of Travancore, Periyar is now a protected national park. A boat cruise on the lake lets tourists observe the animals from nearby, as they come to the waters edge to drink. Herds of elephants come together and can be seen drinking, bathing and playing nears the water. Other wildlife that can be seen in Periyar include tigers, leopards, monkeys, nilgai, sloth bear, porcupine, the Malabar Flying Squirrel and many birds including the Great Indian Hornbill. The best time to visit Periyar is between December and April.

Silent Valley National Park:
Situated in Palghat district in Kerala, the Silent valley nature reserve is believed to be the last pristine region of tropical evergreen forest in India and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary, which is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, is home to elephants, leopards and other rare creatures such as the Malabar Giant squirrel.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Located 60 km from Munnar in Idukki district. the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary provides a home to elephants, leopards and many other animals including the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel in the 90 sq km of the sanctuary.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary:
Threatened by the Idukki dam, the remaining forests in this region of Kerala have been protected in the Idukki wildlife sanctuary. Some of the animals you will see in this region are elephants, deer, gaur, tiger, wild boar and many birds including jungle fowl, wood peckers and king fishers who fish in the Idukki reservoir, which is a part of this sanctuary.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary:
Located near Munnar, this sanctuary extends across 25 sq km and is known for the variety of birds that inhabit this region. This sanctuary was established due to the interest of Dr Salim Ali and is home to over 200 species of birds including the Malabar Trogon, Common Grey Hornbill and Malabar Hornbill. The best time to visit is from September to March when the rains have stopped and bird watching is easier for the nature enthusiast in the forests of this bird sanctuary in Kerala.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Eravikulam National Park
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Silent Valley National Park

 

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