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Top Ten Wildlife Sanctuaries To Visit In Kerala

Kerala is endowed with sunny beaches, backwaters, traditional Ayurveda centers, hill station, spice plantation and so on. Mother Nature has been more generous with this state and has blessed it with numerous wildlife sanctuaries. The main reason for this rich wildlife resource is the Western Ghats that run through this state filling the region with different landscape of lush vegetation like moist deciduous, tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen deciduous forest, grassland, wetland and many others.

Here are the top ten wildlife sanctuaries that you ought to visit during your vacation in Kerala. Each sanctuary is different in term of best time to visit, common animals to spot, tourist attractions inside and so on.

  • Wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala

    • Periyar wildlife Sanctuary :

      Periyar wildlife Sanctuar
      • Where : Thekkady, Kerala
      • What : safari, rafting, bird watching, boating, elephant ride, trekking and many others
      • Best time to visit : Winter and early summer (November to April)

      The park is rich with 35 mammal species and more than 260 species of birds apart from the migration birds. If you are visiting during the right season, you can enjoy bamboo rafting and jungle trekking. Top animals to spot are elephants, flying squirrels, macaques and others. Thereare 143 species of orchids which will be at bloom during the early summer. There are more than 1800 flowering plant species inside the sanctuary.

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    • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Idukki, Kerala
      • What : Sandalwood forest, watchtowers, camping, trekking, nature walk, waterfall and others
      • Best time to visit : Winterand early summer (December to April)

      The park receives rainfall for just 48 days in a year and has a unique vegetation. You can find small animals and herbivorous commonly here as the region is filled with shrub forest. If you are visiting during the tourism season, you can camp inside the sanctuary with permission. Tourists can use the watchtowers to spot animals.

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    • Begur wildlife Sanctuary :

      Located in a plateau, this sanctuary is famous for picturesque surrounding, wildlife wealth and others.

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    • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Palakkad, Kerala
      • What : Safari, Bird Watching, Trekking and Many Others
      • Best time to visit : Winter & Early summer (November to April)

      The park is a heritage site famous forspoting king cobra, rollers, macaques and others. You can find many varieties of birds here too. Trekking is allowed only for those who have received prior permission from the state forest department. There are native tribes inside the region.

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    • Peechi Vazhani wildlife sanctuary :

      This is one of the oldest sanctuaries in the state. Surrounded by reservoirs of two dams, this region is a paradise for many lifeforms.

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    • Mathikettan Shola National Park :

      This park is located in the aesthetically pleasing Idukki district. The path through the park is literally a maze and it is better to hire a guide to take you through the park.

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    • Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Near Agasthakoodam, Kerala
      • What : Village Walk, Bird Watching, Nature Walk, Safari And Many Others
      • Best time to visit : October to March

      The park covers hilly regions, which is a thriving place for elephants, sambhars, bears, leopards and others. This park has a rehabilitation center for deers and elephants. There is a crocodile farm, which holds more than 20 crocodiles in it. You can also enjoy safari here to spot tigers.

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    • Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Near Trivandrum, Kerala
      • What : Eucalyptus plantation, rivers, forests and others
      • Best time to visit : October to March

      The park is famous for rocky region with no hint of modern civilization. You can find many tribal groups inside the forest. Top animals to spot here are tigers, mouse deer, wild dogs, elephants, panters and others.

      Other top wildlife sanctuaries to enjoy in Kerala are Aralam wildlife sanctuary, Thattekad wildlife sanctuary and others.

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    • Aralam wildlife sanctuary :

      Located near Coorg of Karnataka, this sanctuary is a magnet for tourists with children. There is a small production center for hybrid coconut seeds inside the park.

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    • Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Near Thodupuzha, Kerala
      • What : Safari, Bird Watching, Boating, Trekking and many others
      • Best time to visit : Winter and early summer (November to April)

      The park is rich with interesting wild animals like sambhar, tiger, jungle cats, wild dogs and others. Prior permission should be obtained for trekking. Boat rides are available during winter season. You can find herds of elephants with cubs during summer season. The best time to visit is during winter and early summer. However, animal spotting is very common during summer season.

    • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary :

      Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Where : Wayanad, Kerala
      • What : Safari, Bird Watching, Elephant Ride, Trekking And Many Others
      • Best time to visit : June to October

      The park covers a lush valley, which is famous for large animals like elephants, leopards, tigers, bears and others. It is a part of Nilgiri biosphere. You can enjoy elephant ride throughout the year inside the sanctuary.

  • Top bird sanctuaries in Kerala :

    • Kumarakom bird sanctuary
    • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
    • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
    • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    • Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Mathikettan Shola National Park

    Top zoos and aquariums in Kerala :

    • Trivandrum zoo
    • Thrissur zoo
    • Parassinikkadavu snake park
    • Varkala aquarium
    • Fish world aqua tourism village, vaikom
    • Vizhinjam marine aquarium

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