Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

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Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

Kerala city has ample of spectacular wildlife sanctuaries. Each of these wildlife sanctuaries is home for rich and fascinating flora and fauna. Also, many endangered animals and birds such as Bengal Tigers, Nilgiri Tahr and Sri Lankan Frogmouth can be found in these sizzling wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

Here is the list of 8 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

1. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kannur

Being the northernmost wildlife reserve in the whole of Kerala and the only wildlife sanctuary in Kannur, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is quite a big deal. Amidst these sky-touching trees and mesmerising greenery, many exotic wildlife species have marked their territory. Taking a safari through the thick verdure and venturing deeper into the forests, you will encounter many striking and remarkably extraordinary species of animals as well as birds that will leave you stumped and in awe of nature's wondrous creations.

2. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar

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The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats and is a part of the Idukki District. Spread over an area of 90.44 km², This region is richly populated with a wide array of indigenous flora and fauna which makes it a popular tourist destination. Chinnar houses a myriad variety of medicinal plants, and as the home to start tortoise. Since it is a government protected enclosure, you can experience flora and fauna in its natural habitat, uninterrupted by the clamour of the city.

3. Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Trivandrum

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Famous for its Lion and Deer Safari, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat for nature enthusiasts. The park houses a crocodile farm and elephant rehabilitation centre. Ask for a guided tour of the sanctuary which is quite informative.

4. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Palakkad

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Kerala's Palakkad district gives you a chance to venture right into the laps of the wild with its Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Best known for its constant efforts to preserve the dwindling tiger population, this destination is a popular tourist spot as well. This sanctuary is also home to four different indigenous tribes- Kadar, Malasar, Muduvar and Mala Malasar. Jungle treks and safari here are quite unique and eye-opening experiences.

5. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Ponmudi

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Open all year round, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located along the catchment area of the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River. The sanctuary rich in flora and fauna offers a natural habitat to around 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 27 species of fishes.

6. Periyar National Park, Thekkady

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The Periyar National Park in Thekkady, Kerala, is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and the best-protected reserve area that one can lay eyes on in India. Famous for its gorgeousness, greenery and stillness, the park is the dwelling place of abundant significant species, including the royal tigers and majestic elephants apart from other reptiles, fishes and birds. This National Park is an amazing coming together of nature, adventure and beauty.

7. Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, Kollam, Kollam

Located in the Western Ghats in the Kollam district of Kerala, the Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area that serves as the natural habitat for a myriad of plants, birds and animals, and provides them with a safe reclusive spot, far away from the dust and dirt of city life. The sanctuary was established on 25 August in 1984 and is presently under the control of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. This majestic site is like a treasure trove for all nature lovers, photographers, archaeologists and biologists since the place is home to endless flowering plants, birds and trees.

8. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka. Founded in the year 1973, the wildlife sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which was the first biosphere out of the 14 present in India. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 345 square km and comprises of two parts namely Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad.

Do visit these astounding wildlife sanctuaries to have some astonishing wildlife experience.

This post was published by Harshitha

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