Since Kerala is the greenest destination in the world, it has a lot to offer a soul hunger for wild life and eco tourism activities. There are 14 wild life sanctuaries and 5 national parks in kerala for conserving its rich ecological wealth. Kerala Travel Exotica is offering natural based tourism in responsible manner to make sure the environment is clean and green for the coming generation. With such a view, we are organising various activities including Trekking, Bird Watching, Night safari, Eco trails etc to know the wilderness of Kerala Jungles. Authorised guides are available for such activities and See the major Eco tourism spots of Kerala
Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary is a tranquil little sanctuary on the slopes of the Western Ghats located in Kannur district known to be the north most wild life santury of Kerala. The highest peak is Katti Betta, covered with tropical and semi- evergreen forests rises to a majestic height of 1145 m above sea level. Along with wild animals, its famous for the variety of butterfly groups roaming in the sanctuary.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique thorny scrub forest with xerophytes species and a popular ecotourism spot near to the Munnar Hill station. Chinnar is the habitat of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel, Nilgiri Tahr, and Lion Tailed Macaque etc. Chinnar is located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries. The main attractions of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are Elephants, Gaurs, Panthers, Spotted Deer, Sambhars, Grizzled Giant Squirrels, Hanuman Langurs, Peacocks, Star Tortoises and Travancore evening browns. Trekking and Night safari is available at the sancury.
Its also known as Rajamala, a sanctuary for the endangering mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and shoal forest with a breath taking view of entire Munnar. The national park is spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills & Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. Its the prime attraction for every tourist visiting Munnar as only 30 minutes drive from the town to there.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is thick evergreen forest on the upper side of the Idukki arch Dam. Cheruthoni & Periyar river make this land wet and support the living animals nd plants of The. An area of 77 sq. km. of forestland in between the Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers form an excellent habitat for wildlife and it creates excellent experience for tourist coming there.
Kadalundi bird sanctuary, 19 kms away from Calicut city is home to more than a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds flock here in large numbers in every season. The sanctuary, which is spread over a cluster of islands, covers an area of 3 kms in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks. A hillock, which is 200 m above sea level, provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the Arabian Sea. The sanctuary is a haven for Migratory Birds. Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sandpipers, and other migratory birds flock the place from the month of November and return only by the end of April. The park is also famous for wide variety of Mangroves, Fish, Mussels and Crabs.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kottayam district, situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake is known for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as waterfowls, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. The main attractions are local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Kumarakom bird sanctuary visit is the part a normal tour covers Kumarakom sightseeing.
The Neyyar wild life sanctuary has Keralas one only Lion Safari Park, situated in Trivandrum district with variety animals and its also for the crocodiles in the river Neyyar. Famous peak Agasthyakoodam of 1890 meters elevation is in this sanctuary.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the largest populations of gaur (bison) in south India. The rich fauna includes Bonnet Macaques, Tigers, Spectacled Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Turtles, Darters, Little Cormorants and Black Eagles. The place is ideal for watching wild animals & various activities are available for the tourist inside the forest includes trekking, tree top stay, Tent stay etc.
The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The place is congenial for boating and trekking. The natural habitat at Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary is frequented by Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs, besides the Sambar and the Spotted and Barking deer. There are more than 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants.
Peppara is accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road. It is spread over an area of 53 Sq. km. on the Western Ghats. This is dotted with large hills and numerous hillocks with forests and Eucalyptus plantations. This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts. The sanctuary is home to Elephants, Sambhar, Lion-tailed Macaques, Leopards, and assorted birds. Gaur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Tiger and the Nilgiri Langur are also among the main inhabitants of the park.
Periyar is one of the oldest and world famous wild life sanctuaries in India with lots of tourist attractions and activities. Periyar also known as Thekkady in the tourist map is a prime location for the wild life lovers and adventure seekers. A boating in the Periyar lake surrounded by the Periyar Tiger reserve is the main tourist attraction of the region. During the boating travellers can watch wild animals roaming on the shore freely includes bison, wild elephants, Deer, etc. Many good jungle resorts are available in Thekkady for the travellers.
Kurinji Sanctuary is the latest Sancturay in Kerala for the conservation of the Kurinji flowers which bloom once in 14 years. When Kurinji blooms entire munnar gets blue colours over the hills and valleys. Kurinji Sanctuary is one and only of its kind in south India located in Munnar.
Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary located 70 kms from Kollam (Kerala), is a green valley of splendid forests, situated on the banks of the Shendurny River. Steep and rugged peaks surround the sanctuary. On the northern side of the sanctuary is Palaruvi, a beautiful picnic spot. In the tropical evergreen and mixed deciduous forests here are found a variety of animals.
Silent valley is worlds one of the rarest eco systems & only vestige of a near virgin forest in the whole of the Western Ghats. The Park is the house to the elephants, tigers, wild dog, flying squirrel and lioned tailed Macaque. The park has a huge variety of wildlife, with over a 100 species of Butterflies and 400 species of Moths and other animals. The park has around 26 species of mammals and 120 species of avifauna, many of them considered endangered.
In the dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and grassland patches is located the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary was designed by Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist. This bird sanctuary is spread over an area of 25 sq.km. This sanctuary is in between the parts of river Periyar. This bird sanctuary is the house to the both resting indigenous birds and water birds. The indigenous birds found mostly there are Malabar Grey hornbill, Grey jungle fowl, heron, egret, jungle myna, wood pecker, rose winged and blue winged parakeet. Birds which, rarely seen there are like Ceylon frog-mouth, rose billed roller etc.
Established in 1973, the Wayanad (Kerala) Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, 75 kms from Calicut is bisected by a tract of cultivated land into two distinct parts. One falls in the Kozhikode District and the other in the Kannur District. Wayanad literally means the 'land of swamps’. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, which has been established with the chief objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region.
The smallest national Park of the state located in the Munnar region sharing its wildlife wealth with proposed Palani wild Life sanctuary of Tamilnadu having various endangering animals.
Mathikettan chola also in Idukki district home of various rare plants and animals. Mathikettan Shola can be scene on th way to Thekkady from Munnar at Pooppara. It has some of the oldest plants and trunks in the region.
Its a continuation of Eravikulam National Park contains large variety of Medicinal Plants, shoal forest etc. Pambadum shola means the valley of dancing snakes. Leopad and Indian wild dogs are common in this national park.