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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 hrs
Vegetation: over 1800 flowering plants including 171 grass species and 143 species of orchids. The only south indian conifer podocarpus wallichianus grows here.

Wildlife Population
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 non poisonous Snakes, Bicoloured Frogs, Tortoise and Crocodiles.

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 And Zoological Significance. The Park Is Breathtakingly Beautiful And Comparable To The Alpine Ranges. This Land Of The Neelakurinji Is 7 Km From The Rajamalai Hills.

Wildlife Population
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 sanctary occupies the forested region on either side of the Marayoor – Udumalpet road. This is the second habitat of the endangered giant grizzled squirrel of india. The location of sanctuary offers the unique advantage of watching its fascinating wildlife at close quarters from the road without venturing deep into the jungle. The Marayoor sandal forest and the beautiful Thoovanam waterfalls are located here

Wildlife Population
Mammals: Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Panther, Sambar, The Endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel, Hanuman Langur, Rabbit Etc

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Thiruvanandapuram district, The sanctuary strectches from Neyyatinkara Taluk to the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. It is the drainage basin of the Neyyar river and its tributaries – Mullayar and Kallar – which originate in Agasthyarkoodam, the second highest peak in Kerala (1868m). The sanctuary was established in 1958. Neyyar is famous for the crocodile park, located near to the Neyyar dam.

Wildlife Population
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
50 kms northwest of Thiruvananthapuram city in Nedumangad Taluk. The catchment area of the Peppara dam constructed across the Karamana river, was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1983. There are 13 tribal settlements in the sanctuary – 11 of them in the Athirumala section and 2 in the Thodayar saction. The sanctuary is accessible from Vithura on the Thiruvananthapuram – Ponmudi road.

Wildlife Population
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 (gluta travancoria), mainly confined to this region. The artificial lake formed by the parappar dam built across the shenduruny and kulathupuzha rivers occupies the central region of the sanctuary.

Wildlife Population
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 tamil nadu government under the Parambikulam – Aliyar project. The reservoir harbours several varieties of aquatic fauna. There are provision to stay at the tree houses inside the jungle, from where you can have a close watch on the wild.

Wildlife Population
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.

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