Periyar Tiger Reserve
This is one of the most prestigious regions on the high ranges of the western ghats. One of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, the Periyar reserve is noted for its geomorphology, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscape. The drive to Thekkady itself is enchanting as the road winds through Tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. The sanctuary, declared a tiger reserve in 1978 under the project tiger scheme, attracts travellers from all over the world.
This is the only sanctuary in India where the wild elephant can be observed and photographed at close quarters.
Best time to visit: October – May entry to the reserve 0600 – 1800
Vegetation: over 1800 flowering plants including 171 grass species and 143 species of orchids. The only south
Mammals: 35 Species Including The Wild Elephant, Tiger, Panther, Wild Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Civet, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur Etc.
Reptiles: King cobra, Viper, Krait, a number of
Eravikulam National Park
15 Km North Of Munnar. Established In 1975 To Protect The Nilgiri Tahr, The Eravikulam Sanctuary Was Declared A National Park In 1978 Considering Its Ecological, Faunal, Floral, Geomorphological
Mammals: Tigers , Panther, Wild Dog, Civet Cats, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Wild Boar, Nilgiri Tahr etc
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the rain shadow region of the western ghats, the
Mammals: Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Panther, Sambar, The Endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel, Hanuman Langur, Rabbit Etc
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Mammals: Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Porcupine, Three-Striped Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Bonnet Macaque Etc.
Reptiles: Cobra, Viper, Python, Rat Snake, Flying Snake, Lizard Etc
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Mammals: Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Malabar Squirrel, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Mouse Deer, Nilgiri Langur Etc.
Reptiles: King Cobra And Python.
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Pathanapuram taluk, 66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam – Shencotta road. The Shenduruny forest was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984. The Name Shenduruny comes from an endemic species of tree called Chenkuruny (
Mammals: Macaca Radiata, Bonnet Macaque, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Giant Squirrel, Three-Striped Palm Squirrel, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Mouse Deer, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Langur etc.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Tucked away in the valley between the Anamala ranges of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the majestic western ghats is the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary. Three dams have been built here by the
Mammals: Bonnet Macaque, Lion Tailed Macaque, Loris, Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Civet, Mongoose, Fox, Bear, Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Pangoline Etc.
Birds: Carter, Little Cormorant, Black Eagle, Lesser Adjutant Strork, Black Kingfisher, Great Indian Hornbill, Broad Billed Roller, Black Woodpecker.
Reptiles: Crocodile, Varanus, Pond Terapin, Cane Turtle, Gecko, Skunk, Chameleon, Snakes Like King Cobra, Spectacled Cobra, Krait, Viper, Python, Green Keel Back, Rat Snake Etc.