District: Idukki, Kerala, India
Elevation: 2,695 metres above sea level.
Eravikulam, the biggest National Park in Kerala acclaimed as the roof of the state (97 sq kms of Kannan Devan Hills). This high elevation rolling grasslands and sholas ecosystem was originally established as a sanctuary for the protection of the Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered mountain goats of South India. This protected area is divided into three regions – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area calledRajamalai, lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Here one can observe the Nilgiri Tahr at close quarters. Visitors are taken to Rajamalai in forest department vehicles and given an opportunity to see all this. Private vehicles are not allowed here. The National Park is usually closed at the time of calving of Nilgiri Tahr which is usually during the early months of every year.
The slopes of this Kannan Devan hills abound in many kinds of rare flora which include rare terrestrial and epiphytic orchids and wild balsams. Major animals here are the Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, leopard, tiger, Indian bison, etc.
How to Reach:
Nearest railway station: Aluva, 109 K.ms,
Nearest airport: Kochi Airport (COK), 150 K.ms & Madurai Airport (IXE), 142 K.ms