Kerala encompasses beautiful beaches, tranquil backwaters, misty mountains, ancient ports, wondrous waterfalls, Ayurveda. 14 wildlife sanctuaries boasting an array of rare wild animals.
ARALAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Picturesque part of Kannur, home to the Barking Deer, Nilgiri Langurs, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Asian Elephants, butterflies. Trek to Meenmutty Falls, Katti Betta, area’s tallest peak.
CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Beautiful mountains of Western Ghats, pristine forests. Indian Leopards, Bengal Tigers, birds, butterflies, reptiles, star tortoise, amphibians.
MUTHANGA/WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Part of a vast UNESCO Nilgiri Bisophere Reserve. Huge herds of Asian Elephants.
THATTEKKAD BIRD SANCTUARY
In lowland forests along Periyar River, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Ceylon Frogmouth, Indian Pitta, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Parakeet, Cormorants, Cuckoos.
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK
Tallest peak in South India (Anamudi, 2700 mtr), rare endemic animals like Indian Porcupine, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Small-clawed Otter. Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered goat-like ungulate.
PARAMBIKULAM TIGER RESERVE
In Palakkad district. Claim to fame is Tigers. Indigenous tribes like Kadar, Malasar, Muduvar, Mala Malasar.
PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE
Cardomom Hills of Thekkady. Stunning tiger reserve. White Tigers, Lion-tailed Macaques, Dholes (Wild Dogs), Birds.
SILENT VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Endangered Lion-tailed Macaques, birds. Indigenous Irula, Muduga, Kurumba tribes.