Kochi: Visitors entry have been banned at the Eravikulam National Park from January 21 to March 21.
The chief wildlife warden Surendrakumar informed that visitors are restricted as it is the breeding season of Nilgiri Tahrs.
Eravikulam National Park is a sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of the South, the Nilgiri Tahr(Hemitragus hylocrious). The park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km on the Rajamalai hills.
Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary. The slopes abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind, is a unique inhabitant here. Other rare species found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area.
Visitors are usually allowed only upto the tourism area - Rajamalai.
Best Season to visit: August to March
Closure Period: February to March
Visiting hours: 7:30 am – 4.00 pm
Transport Terminals: Munnar (13 kms)
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Stations: Alwaye (120 km) and Coimbatore (160 km) in Tamil Nadu
Nearest Airports: Madurai (Tamil Nadu)142 km; Cochin International Airport, 150 kms away