Kerala being gifted benignly by nature is an enigmatic ecstasy of inimitable wildlife, palm fringed backwaters, and murky hills, lush green forests and beaches. The wildlife destinations of Kerala are the enchanting places where every minute is worthwhile. The forest covered Highlands embrace the dense foliage, deep, echoing chasms with a rare range of flora and fauna. The Midland encompasses valleys speckled with secluded hills. This region presents a panorama of picturesque beauty which not only beckons vacationers to visit this mystic land but also is a home to the exotic wildlife species. Kerala Wildlife Tour takes you to enchanting Kerala wildlife destinations to make you experience the charm of wilderness. Kerala Wildlife is a big hit with wildlife enthusiasts.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated in the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats in Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a safe haven for the world of fauna. Set up in the year 1934, the Sanctuary upholds the dignity and honor of the place being one of the major attractions in Kerala enveloping the fifty five square kilometres Periyar Lake. The Sanctuary presents admirable sightseeing of wild herds of Asian elephants, gaur, sambar, wild boar and spotted deer. The lion-tailed Macaque monkey, the Malabar squirrel and the 'flying foxes' (bats) are few rare creatures to observe here. The sanctuary is a family comprising of 250 species of birds and more than a hundred species of butterflies. It is one of the largest and premium sanctuaries where one experiences joy in game viewing, carried out in a motor-launch cruise on the Periyar Lake. It is a beautiful Kerala wildlife destination.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the state of Kerala on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the backwaters of Kerala, the bird sanctuary is a nature lover's paradise and a favorite hangout of migratory birds. The sanctuary covers a distance of over 14 acres on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. It has well laid out paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River. The primary attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, heron, cormorant, darter, moorhen, brahminy kite and the duck, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Teal, parrot, flycatcher, lark and other birds are seen here during their relevant migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from far away Siberia. This sanctuary must top your list on your Kerala wildlife Tour.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is one of the most popular wildlife destination of Kerala where you can witness a variety of wildlife, including the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. In fact, it boasts of the highest known population of Nilgiri Tahr in the world. Sprawling over an area of 97 sq km, this Park is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Atlas Moth(the largest moths in the world) is one of the main highlights of the Park. Here you can also enjoy trekking to Anamudi, the highest peak of South India. A variety of birds are also spotted in the Park. The best time to visit is from September to February.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Offering a true wildlife safari, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its elephant population. High on scenic beauty, the Sanctuary shelters wildlife such as tiger, elephant, deer, Jungle Cat, langur, leopard, wild boar, Jungle Fowl, myna, Black Bulbul, woodpecker, kingfisher, leopard, cobra, viper etc. There is a beautiful lake inside the sanctuary, which promises bright chances of wildlife sighting. The best time to visit is from December to April. Tourists from far and wide come to this wildlife destination of Kerala.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The abundance of wildlife in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a home to wildlife species such as tiger, spotted dear, monkey, turtle, gaur, elephant, black eagle, viper, sambhar and darter. In fact it is best known for its endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel and Albizia lathamii (reptile). The Sanctuary is equally rich in avian species, which are around 225 in number. Adding more adventure to your wildlife safari, the Sanctuary also offers boating and trekking facilities. The Sanctuary can be visited throughout the year.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Famous for its huge population of bird species, Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird lovers. It is considered as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. Its foundation was laid by the renowned ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. Locate in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, the Sanctuary boasts of around 500 bird species. Apart from a wide variety of avian species, the sanctuary is a home to 28 species of animals and 9 species of reptiles. Birds are the main attraction of Kerala wildlife.
Wayananad Wildlife Sanctuary
It is inhabited by a variety of wildlife such as mammals, birds and reptiles. Here you can witness wildlife like tiger, elephant, deer, bison, bear, panther, monkey, Jungle Cat, Wild Dog, Monitor Lizard, cuckoo, woodpecker, Jungle Fowl, peacock, babbler etc. This sanctuary is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Kerala Wildlife Tour is surely incomplete without visiting this sanctuary.