Wild Life

Nestled in the luxuriant forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala are fourteen wildlife sanctuaries. And skirting these exotic destinations are some of the most delightful trekking trails in the country. All awash in the spice-scented air of endless acres of plantations ranging from cardamom, vanilla and pepper to tea and coffee.

Wild Life

Neyyar Sanctuary:

(30 km from Thiruvananthapuram) A haven for exotic flora and fauna, 12000 hectares of natural vegetation is spread across an undulating terrain interspersed with rushing brooks, flat meadows and gentle slopes. An ideal trekking destination, the 1868 m Agasthyamala Peak is its highest point. Permitting Authority Ph: 0471-2360762, 2272182

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary:

(50 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This sanctuary spread over 53 sq. km on the Western Ghats, has rich flora and fauna and is dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations. Permitting Authority Ph: 0472-2892344, 0471-2322217, 2360762

Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary:

(66 km from Kollam) Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, the region is unique for its bio-diversity, remains of Stone Age culture and an important ecotourism resource, Thenmala. Permitting Authority Ph: 0475-2344600, 0471-2329770

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary:

(55 km from Thodupuzha in fdukki) A charming canopy of dense tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests fringe the scenic lake that surrounds this protected area on three sides. Permitting Authority Ph: 04862-232271

Periyar Tiger Reserve:

(4 km from Thekkady in Idukki) Snuggledin the Western Ghats, one of the world's richest bio-diversity spots, is the fascinating natural wildlife sanctuary ofThekkady - the protected Periyar Tiger Reserve. There are two watch towers inside the forest teeming with exotic wildlife. Permitting Authority Ph: 04869-222027

Eravikulam National Park:

(15 km from Munnar in Idukki) The main attractions of this park situated in the Devikulam Taluk are the Nilgiri Tahr and the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom just once in 12 years. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi (2695 m), is located in the southern region of the park. Permitting Authority Ph: 04865·2531587

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:

(60 km from Munnar in Idukki) Situated on the Tamil Nadu border, the Rajamala-Udumalpet Road (SH 17) winds right through it, enabling travellers to view wildlife including elephants, sambar, gaur etc. Permitting Authority Ph: 04865-2531587

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary:

(20 km from Kothamangalam in Ernakulam) Also known as Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad, nestled in evergreen forests, was discovered by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali and is named after him. Permitting Authority Ph: 0485-2588302

Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary:

(20 km east of Thrissur) Established in 1958, this is one of Kerala's oldest wildlife reserves. Formed around the twin reservoirs of Peechi and Vazhani, the sanctuary is a rich repository of bio-diversity with several endangered herbs, shrubs, rare medicinal plants and innumerable variety of orchids. Permitting Authority Ph: 0487-2699017

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary:

(37 km from Thrissur) With its dense forests, a variety of birds and butterflies and innumerable trekking trails, this is a  sanctuary that provides a heady experience for nature enthusiasts. The Forest Department organises trekking and bamboo rafting programmes in and around the sanctuary. But the highlight of all excursions is the Moonlight Sonata, which involves rafting on full moon nights. Permitting Authority Ph: 04802-701340

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary:

(110 km from Palakkad) Sprawled across 285 sq. km, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare wild  animals. Boatingl cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. Permitting Authority Ph: 0491-2556393

Silent Valley National Park:

(40 km northwest of Mannarkad in Palakkad) The 89.52 sq. km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. Permitting Authority Ph: 04924-222056

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:

(17 km east of Sui than Bathery) Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses an area of 344.33 sq. km and is made up of two discontinuous pockets - Muthanga in the south and Tholpetty in the north. Muthanga is located 18 km west of Sulthan Bathery while Tholpetty lies 15 km from Mananthavady.Permitting Authority Ph: 04936-220454

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary:

(35 km from Thalassery in Kannur) At this 55 sq. km sanctuary, nature walks, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree houses in Pariputhodu and Bhoothamkallu etc. are possible. Permitting Authority Ph: 0490-2413160