This is a description of the rare and exquisite wildlife that is viewed in the forests of Kerala in southern India. The wildlife of Kerala is enchanting and rare providing a great scope for adventure tourism.
The lush green thick forests, and the rivulets and lakes make Kerala the home of rare birds and animals.
Following are some of the popular national parks and wild life sanctuaries in Kerala.
Periyar National Park
It is the most celebrated wild life destination in Kerala. It is one of the twenty seven tiger reserves in Kerala, extending over 300 sq. miles in Thekkady. It is considered as one of the oldest wild life sanctuaries in India.
Eravikulam National Park
It is situated between the exotic Kannan Devan Hills and Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. It is spread along a sixty mile area decorated with grasslands. Neelakurinji – the flower which blooms once in twelve years and the Nilgiri Tahrs are major attractions of the Eravikulam National park.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
It is the first Bird sanctuary in India. It is also known as Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary named after the great ornithologist who was instrumental in its set up. It lies between two arms of the Periyar River and it is surrounded by the Anamalai Hills. It houses about 300 rare species of birds including woodpeckers, drongos, crow pheasants, darters etc.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
It is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere sharing borders with the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka and the Mudumalai Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu. It extends over an area of 135 sq. miles. Rosewood, silver oak and Teak forms a unique feature of the wildlife sanctuary. Tiger, elephants and leopards has made the sanctuary their habitat. Bison, Sambhar and spotted deer can also be seen in the sanctuary.
Silent Valley National Park
It is situated in the Western Ghats. It is a tropical rain forest that is known for its rich biosphere reserve. The absence of the noisy Cicada insects makes it a silent valley. Deer, tiger, Nilgiri langur, Malabar giant squirrel, lion-tailed macaque, flying squirrel, civet cat etc. are some of the species that you can see here.