Kerala in South India is a paradise for travelers, honeymooners, environmentalists, ornithologists- in a word, to everyone. The pristine natural setting of the state satisfies your aesthetic need, thus blessing you with some memorable moments that would refresh your body and soul. The wildlife and biodiversity has become an important aspect of the state tourism. It hosts a large number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Rajamala wildlife sanctuary, a part of the Eravikulam national park is a popular tourist destination.
Wildlife of Kerala:
We give you a brief idea about the wildlife of Kerala. Wet evergreen rainforests, highland deciduous and semi evergreen forests are the primary vegetation of the state. Kerala's biodiversity is considered as the world's most significant biodiversity.
24% of the total landmass of the state is covered by the forests. Indian hornbill (Buceros bicornis) is the state bird and elephant is the state animal (cocos nucifera). The state tree is the coconut tree and golden shower is the state flower.
The sanctuary which is a steep hike up like a winding trail is located at a distance of 15 km away from Munnar.
Rajamala wildlife sanctuary is known for the Nigiri Tahrs. It houses a considerable number of the total population of these mountain goats. As you trudge up, you will see these mountain goats roaming here and there. The beautiful scenery of small herds of this rare species will entice you. A total of 1317 Nigiri Tahrs are estimated in the sanctuary.
Apart from this rare species many wild animals are also found. These are- Sambars, Tigers, Elephants, Leopards, Langurs, Malabar Civets, Barking Deer and Pythons.
Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels in Munnar. Hill View, Autumn Trees, Club Mahindra Lake View Resort, Great Escapes Resort are some of the best hotels and resorts in the Munnar.
When to visit?
The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to March.
Kochi or Cochin Is the nearest airport that is located at a distance of 130 km from the park. It is connected to major destinations in the country.
Kottayam railway junction is the nearest railway station. It is at a distance of 142 km.
The sanctuary area is well connected to premier places like Anarmusi, Munnar, Kodaikanal and Kumarakom.
Some other places to look for:
Once in Munnar, you should visit the rolling tea estates and the unending spice plantations. Pothamedu, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Devikulam, etc. are some of the best places in Munnar. You can plan a tour of 2-3 days where you can enjoy the wildlife of the sanctuary along with visiting all these attractions.
The sanctuary is a part of the Eravikulam national park. Travelers are not allowed to tour the whole of the sanctuary area. This is done in order to preserve the Nilgiri Tahrs from the act of poaching and other harmful activities. So you are advised to obey the rules and regulations.
You should not plan a trip during the monsoon in the park. Visitors are not allowed in the sanctuary at that time.
You should buy entry passes from the permitting authority, Wildlife DFO Munnar.
The temperature in the sanctuary ranges from 0 to 30 degrees; so you should take some woolen clothes, windcheaters and tough walking shoes.
Photography is allowed in the sanctuary; but be careful while taking photographs. You should click photographs from a considerable distance so that this activity doesn't scare off the goats.
Try to maintain the ecological balance within the Rajamala wildlife sanctuary. It is a veritable haven for the mountain goats and other animals. Enjoy the graces of nature and collect some moments of joy and happiness.