Munnar is among the crown jewels of God’s Own Country and has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries due to its natural splendour. Hidden inside, lies the famous Eravikulam National Park, the home and sanctuary of the Nilgiri Tahr. This sacred haven for this exotic animal is a relief in a time when different species are disappearing off the face of the planet. Situated in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district, people also flock to this park to view the special Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once every 12 years. The next sighting is expected to be in 2030.
The park also boasts of hosting South India’s highest peak, Anamudi (2695 m), in its southern area. This park is spread over an area of 97 square kilometers and packs tons of fun spots for people to have a good time in. One can see the crowds around the Echo Point, where the natural view and unique setting adds to the eponymous phenomenon. The Rajamalai region of the park is open to the public and from here; the exotic Nilgiri Tahr can be viewed. The Rajamalai region falls under the tourism zone of the area. The other two are the Core area and Buffer area which are both not open to the public. There is a host of trekking options as well in the area.
The rare flora and fauna present in the park also attract visitors. Official vehicles take people on trips where one can experience the biodiversity of a high elevation shola-grassland system. One can view rare terrestrial and epiphytic orchids and beautiful wild balsams along with the Nilgiri Langur, leopards and the Indian Bison as well.
Visiting Hours: 07:00 to 18:00 hrs
Eravikulam National Park will be closed from February to March every year for the two months due to the calving season of Nilgiri Tahr.
Trekking acitivities at Eravikulam
Ever wanted to snuggle in the lap of bustling wilderness? Then, Eravikulam is your choice. Here are some of the trekking trails offered at Eravikulam such as Kurinji Trail, Lakkom Waterfalls and Cascade Walk. Know more about the trekking trails of Eravikulam
Camping Stay at Lakkom Log House is the only camping programme at Eravikulam National Park. The Shola forests here guards a deep secret, a ravishing spot hidden deep in the woods- the Lakkom Log House. Want to book this, click here
The Wildlife Warden
Munnar P. O., Idukki
Kerala, India – 685 612
Eravikulam National Park
Ph: +91 4865 231587
Mob:+ 91 9447979093
What is Eravikulam National Park famous for?
A former hunting preserve of the British planters, the Park today exemplifies wildlife at its best. It was declared a Sanctuary in 1975 with the intention of protecting the indigenous population of Nilgiri Tahr (highly endangered mountain goat).
What is the entry fee for Eravikulam National Park?
125 per head while for children it is Rs. 95 per head. For foreign nationals the entry fees is Rs. 420 per head.
How much time is needed in Eravikulam National Park?
The soft trekking trails like that of Kurinji Trail take you through tracks of Nilgiri Tahr and Neelakurinji-filled grasslands. The Eravikulam National Park is open throughout the week and the safari timings are from 8:30 am to 4 pm. A complete Eravikulam National Park Safari takes about 2 to 3 hours.
Are there tigers in Eravikulam National Park?
You can spot Tigers in Eravikulam Overall, the park is home to 26 species of mammals, 132 species of birds and 19 species of amphibians, not to mention the spectacular scenery of the Western Ghats.
What is the best time of day to visit Eravikulam National Park?
Timings -8:00 AM – 4:30 PM on All days of the week (The park is closed Forest in the mating season for the Nilgiri tahr, which is an endangered species and this usually happens in March every year. ) You should reach at least before 830 AM for an enjoyable journey to the park.
Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 109 km from Munnar; Angamali, about 108 km from Munnar
Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamilnadu) about 142 km; Cochin International Airport, about 150 km