Monday, July 4, 2011

Eravikulam National Park and its Attractions

Eravikulam National Park or Rajamalai National Park  is one of the top attractions in Munnar and this national park is home to some of the rare animal and plant species. The park is under the administration of Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife and is also under consideration by UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selecting  it as a World Heritage Site.
The beautiful Eravikulam National Park is home to almost 26 species of mammals and some of the mammals present at the Rajamalai National Park include Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog, Dhole, leopard, tiger, Nilgiri langur, Stripe-necked Mongoose, Indian Porcupine, Nilgiri Marten, small clawed otter, Ruddy Mongoose etc. The park contains three kinds of plant communities such as grasslands, shrublands and forests.
The superb scenery and the amazing weather makes this wildlife park a  favorite travel destination in Munnar. To enter the park, one has to buy tickets and if you are visiting Eravikulam National park during the peak tourist season, then you have to wait in a long line of queue to get the tickets. After gettin the tickets a forest department bus would take you along a narrow mountain road towards the Eravikulam National Park.
The Nigiri Tahr is the major attraction of Rajamalai park and this animal is one of the rarest animal species in the world. You need to walk around 2-3 km after getting off from the forest department bus and here is where you could spot a Nilgiri Tahr. Another major thing that attracts you at this spot is the view of the amazing Nilgiris along with some great waterfalls.

There is a lot to capture in you camera and it is always better to carry your camera with you all the time during your visit to Eravikulam National Park. Also make sure that you carry some woolen clothes so that you can sustain the cool climate that prevails over the Rajamalai National Park.

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