Kerala, rightly christened as “God’s own country” is a land bestowed with lush greenery and exotic wildlife. Amidst the serene greenery, one can lose themselves in the tranquility of the pristine backwaters and beaches. The scenic beauty that Kerala has to offer will sweep you off your feet. It is a very popular tourist site for the newly married couple. This article will find you a number of exciting places to visit in Kerala.
Kerala is located at a favorable climate
Located in the southwestern part of India, a Southeast Asian country, Kerala has a favorable climate all-round the year and is home to some exotic wildlife. It is quite enchanting to see animals frolicking in its natural habitat. The forest area takes up 11,125 sq km of Kerala and has 13 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 National parks. Let us have a look at some of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Named after the Periyar lake, this sanctuary is also commonly called Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the lap of the undulating hills of Western Ghats, this sanctuary inhabits some of the endangered animals and is host to rare species of flora. A hot tourist spot and where people can also indulge in boating, trekking and even hop on the elephant’s back for a ride.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the district of Palakkad in Kerala, the Parambikulam sanctuary is a place to explore wildlife and the rich flora. The Anamalai Wildlife lies adjacent to this sanctuary. Parambikulam sanctuary is home to 268 species of birds, 39 varieties of mammals, 61 kinds of amphibians and 124 different types of butterflies. Many tribes have also found abode in this sanctuary. UNESCO is in the process of declaring the Parambikulam Sanctuary as a World Heritage Site.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most captivating wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala, the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located between two beautiful rivers Periyar and Cheruthoni. The dense evergreen forests in this sanctuary add to its beauty and inhabits many animals. Animals like tigers, wild dogs, sambhars and jungle cats can be spotted. Trekking is possible with permission and is an opportunity to absorb the enchanting beauty of this place.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
This Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls in the Idukki district of Kerala. What makes this sanctuary different from the rest is the thorny scrub vegetation because of less rainfall in this area. This sanctuary has sandalwood forests and beautiful waterfalls. This Wildlife Sanctuary is also being considered to be declared as a World Heritage Site.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread across the Wayand Plateau, the Bandipur National Park extends to the Wyanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Animals like tigers, wild dogs, civets, leopards, bears and many other exotic animals have found their habitat here. Many tribal colonies also inhabit this wildlife sanctuary.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Though this sanctuary is smaller when compared to others sanctuaries in Kerala, it still inhabits a variety of wild animals like sloth bears, tigers, elephants, leopards. Neyyar Sanctuary is a great place to go for tiger and lion safari. An Elephant Rehabilitation Center and Deer Rehabilitation Center were set up in this sanctuary. This sanctuary also has some marsh crocodiles.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the north Kerala, this sanctuary sits in the lap of beautiful hill ranges and also in the Western Ghats. The Aralam wildlife sanctuary hosts a rich flora and fauna. Different types of squirrels can also be spotted here. One can also sight jungle cats and leopards in this sanctuary.
Other Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala
Some of the other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala are Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, PepparaSanctuary, Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, ShendurunySanctuary, Begur Wildlife Sanctuary and Kurinjimala Wildlife Sanctuary. The National Parks of Kerala are Karimpuzha National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulam and Silent Valley National Park.
- Kerala has an exotic wildlife.
- There are 13 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 National Parks in Kerala.
- The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is in Thekkady district.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is in the district of Palakkad.
- Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Idukki district.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is also in Idukki.
- Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is in Wayanad.
- Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is near the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
- Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the north of Kerala.
- There are several other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.
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