6 National Parks in Kerala a Tourist Must Visit

Kerala is not only known for its affluent biodiversity, expansive sun-kissed beaches and extremely beautiful backwaters. Popularly known as God’s Own Country, the state has a lot more to offer in terms of luscious evergreen forests.

These forests of Kerala lie in the southern region of the Western Ghats and are blessed with an abundant vegetation and several varieties of indigenous flora and fauna.

The national parks in Kerala are a window to the green grandiose that surrounds Kerala and you can enjoy this at the following national parks:

1. Anamudi Shola National Park

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Anamudi Shola National Park was built to protect the wildlife and their natural habitat. Located in Idukki, the national park lies in an area of 750 hectares and is home to several endemic animals and plants. It consists of Mannavan shola, Idivara shola and Pullardi shola forests.

You would enjoy going on a trekking trip within the forests, and along the way, you can enjoy a few of the 62 species of trees, 39 types of climbers and 174 herb varieties. The unique biodiversity and the climate of the place is another attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.

Best time to visit: November to April

2. Eravikulam National Park

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The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is one of the most sought after destinations for spotting the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from that, you can see rare and exotic animals.

Nestled among the mesmerizing tea plantations and rolling hills, the park is an attraction you cannot resist. Eravikulam is also known for the flowering of Neelakurinji flowers, once in 12 years, and there is a huge rush to see those beautiful flowers laid in a carpet of natural green.

Located within the park is the Anamudi Peak with an elevation of 2695 meters. If you are an adventure freak, then you can climb the peak and watch the overlying view.

Best time to visit: November to April

3. Mathikettan Shola National Park

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Located in the Udumbanchola taluk of Idukki district, Mathikettan Shola National Park is the thrill destination for those who love wildlife and a bit of adventure.

With dominant flora and fauna consisting of various varieties and even a good amount of rarities, it would be a memorable experience to go on a trek or a jeep safari. The forest department allows you to make arrangements for trekking in the forests.

Other attractions in the national park are the crocodile park, elephant safari, lion safari and the deer park. Along the way, you can feast your eyes on the numerous waterfalls as well.

Best time to visit: November to April

4. Pambadum Shola National Park

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Located in Marayoor village of Idukki, Pambadum Shola National Park is a household name for wildlife lovers. It was recognized as a national park in 2004 and has been attracting a heavy influx of tourists ever since.

The rugged terrain in the tropical evergreen forests with all the indigenous flora and fauna never fails to amaze even the seasoned wildlife lover. It is said the national park houses 93 species of moths and 10 species of butterflies, with a healthy smattering of elephants, bisons, wild dogs, barking deers and langurs as well.

Best time to visit: January to March

5. Periyar National Park

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Periyar National Park also goes by the name, Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary. Nestled near the hills of Western Ghats, the sanctuary has some incredible wildlife to watch out for during jeep safaris and trekking expeditions. You could also do elephant riding in the jungle or take the boat safari in the Periyar Lake to see more of the animals and birds in their natural habitat.

It is believed that there are over 1800 flowering plants, 265 bird varieties, 143 species of orchids and more within the deep and dark confines of the sanctuary. The sanctuary itself lies in the beautiful expanse of 675 square kilometers.

Best time to visit: November to April

6. Silent Valley National Park

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The Silent Valley National Park is well-known for its endangered species, plenty of tigers, sambhars, panthers and a healthy collection of rare and varied vegetation.

Those looking for adventure can go on a 7 kilometer trek to take your chance at unraveling the mysteries of the forest and even go at an elevation of 1376 meters above sea level, with special permission, of course.

The silent grandeur of the forest never fails to beckon even a person with passing interest in rain forests, and to get mesmerized in its magical depths is virtually impossible.

Best time to visit: September to March

Conclusion

It is no wonder why people who love the wild and the greenery make it a point to visit these forests often, year after year. They are the ones who love the animals, the birds and the flora. The perpetual chain of mesmerizing hills along these national parks only seems to pulsate the beauty of the wild, making it akin to paradise.

There are a few precautions to take care of when you are trekking in the forests, but when you are in there, every superlative affixed to the greenery and freshness of forests seem inadequate.