Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eravikulam National Park in Munnar Shut for Tahr calving

The Eravikulam national park in Munnar has been  closed for visitors from 29th of January to the 1st of April as it is the calving season of the Nilgiri tahrs. The calving season of the Nilgiri tahrs usually lasts from January-end to the middle of June.  The Nilgiri tahrs is endemic to the south-western ghats and were enlisted as  endangered species by the International Union of Conser-vation of Nature and Natural Resources.

According to a  survey that was conducted in 2017,  there are  around 850 Nilgiri tahrs and 87 offspring  at the Eravikulam  park in Munnar. The largest population of Nilgiri tahrs is present mostly in the high-altitude grasslands. The Nilgiri tahrs in Eravikulam National park are a one of the most major attraction  of Munnar tourism and travellers are seen visiting this national park to get a glimpse of the Nilgiri Tahrs..

A total of 54,759  tourists visited the Eravikulam National park in January 2016 and around   64,396 tourists visited the park  in  December that same year.   52, 393 tourists visited the park in September 2017,  and 77,508 visite in December 2017. The tourist inflow to the National park might increase as Neelakurinji  is all set to bloom after a period of 12 years.
The Nilgiri Tahrs are one of the prime attractions of the tourism industry in Munnar and most of the travellers don't hesitate to visit the Eravikulam national park while they are on their trip to Munnar. The current restriction will really dissapoint the serious traveller who have planned to visit Munnar during the time when the park is shut down.

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