To be in the closest touch of the Nature and its residents, Kerala welcomes you to its 5 most loved and thus frequented National Parks, Wildlife and Bird Sanctuaries. Don’t worry; the size of the forest area would never let you feel being crowded.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Besides having birds and a beautiful setting amidst nature, you have Kavanar River and Vembanad Lake to enjoy the most in the bird sanctuary spread over 14 acres. Managed by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, here birdwatchers can have a great time looking for migratory as well as some local birds. You can also choose to ride a house boat just for the purpose of bird watching. Anytime between June to Aug and November to February is great; the latter is the time for migratory birds.
Located in Thekkady of the Western Ghats, the reserve is mostly frequented in the hopes of seeing tigers but with fewer days in hand tourists often have to face disappointment. But for those who have safari on mind, every moment in the lush green forest is full of excitement. Sighting numerous birds and variety of animals is quite natural, especially elephants with their immediate and extended family members. Even elephant safari is a great idea in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Have fun riding boats in Lake Periyar after which this haven for animals is named.
Eravikulam National Park
Another Western Ghat star for the nature lovers is Eravikulam National Park, the land of Neelakurunji, the flower that takes 12 years to bloom. Highest peak of South India, named Anamudi, is also one of the attractions. Earlier a hunting preserve meant for the amusement of the erstwhile British. You can also see the tea plantations in Iddukki. The endangered species of Goat, Nilgiri Tahr is also found here in maximum number. So plan a good amount of time to really see the place and enjoy.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Ever known of Giant Grizzled Squirrel? Well, most people researching on the wildlife of Kerala would know this by now having read a lot about these. They are endangered species and could be seen only here in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The flora of the place consists of thorny scrub in the deciduous forest which can serve as a perfect place for the trekkers among the tourists. Elephants, Hanuman Langurs, Spotted Deers, etc can be seen here.