From rolling mountains, labyrinthine backwaters to sun-kissed beaches, Kerala is a land of vivid topography. However, this is not what Kerala is all about. The God’s own Country is also famous for its rich and vivid wildlife. Here’s a list of wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala that are a must-visit:
1. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Thodupuzha, this wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by the rivers Periyar and Cheruthoni. Extending over 77 square kilometres, the wildlife sanctuary is covered in thick foliage.
Tourists who want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place can opt for boat rides in the rivers. The animals that are commonly sighted here include wild dogs, sambhars, tigers, and jungle cats. You can also go for trekking in this wildlife sanctuary but for that, you have to take prior permission from the forest department.
3. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is located amidst the hills of the Western Ghat. Extending over an area of 675 square kilometres, the Periyar lake forms the heart of the sanctuary. It is home to many local and threatened species of plants, animals, and birds.
There are over 1800 varieties of plants, over 171 species of grass, 265 species of birds, and about 35 species of animals. It houses some of the most exquisite wild animals such as lion-tailed Macaques, Malabar Giant Squirrel, and Flying Squirrel. Also, there are provisions for adventure activities such as boating in the lake, trekking, and elephant riding.
4. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is under consideration to be selected as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Located near the Tamil Nadu border in Idukki district in Kerala, this sanctuary extends more than 90 square kilometres. This sanctuary is different than others as it receives rain for only 48 days and is, therefore, ideal for a certain type of vegetation.
Apart from the forest of thorny scrub, the highlights of the flora here include the famed sandalwood forest. Watchtowers are located throughout the sanctuary for the tourists to observe the wildlife. You can also enjoy trekking, nature walks and camping inside the sanctuary.
5. Parimbikulam wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Palakkad district of Kerala, this wildlife sanctuary is also home to four native tribes. There are about 39 species of mammals, approximately 268 varieties of birds, different types of butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians. With watch towers located throughout the sanctuary, you can spot wildlife easily from these towers.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this sanctuary is an ideal place for you to watch animals such as storks, lion-tailed macaques, rollers, and king cobras. Trekking inside the sanctuary is also permitted; however, you have to seek prior permission from the forest department. November to April is the best time to visit this place.
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