Kerala is famous for a number of reasons. However, the primary reason because of which one is attracted towards this land is its tropical climate and sprawling greenery. Smugly nestled among these stretches are a number of wildlife sanctuaries and protected forests, which form an abode for a number of rare and common species of flora and fauna. The main reason behind such diverse climate is the close proximity to the Western Ghats along with other factors like presence of a number of mountain ranges and peaks. Hidden under the numerous covers of greens are these exotic destinations and some of the most delightful trails in India. All the reserves and sanctuaries are unique and are delightful in different ways. Some protect enormous and enchanting natural wealth, while the others are famous for their adventure quotient. This land is bestowed with an eternal repertoire of natural beauty. Having such climate and topology it isn't a surprise that Kerala is home to a large number of bio-diverse reserves, which includes wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries and national parks.
Agasthyavanam Biological Park
Established in 1997, Agasthyavanam Biological Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Kerala, under the Agasthyavanam Project. The park is located near Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. The park has been named after the mesmerizing Agastimalai Agasthyakoodam Peak, which can be seen at a distance from here. In the year 1992,
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary has an expanse of 55 km. Located in Kannur district of Kerala, the sanctuary runs along the gradual slopes of the Western Ghats spreading over the rippling highlands. It has different altitudes at different regions.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 20 km Wayanad town. The sanctuary is situated at a place called Mananthavady, which is near the Western Ghats in Wayanad district of Kerala. The sanctuary is located amidst a thick forest cover, which enhances the beauty and charm of the place.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Beautifully cuddled amidst the Southern Western Ghats, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary shelters a large variety of flora as well as fauna. Located in the beautiful state of Kerala, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is the most populated Sanctuary of India. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is shadowed and receives less rainfall.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park, located 15 km north of Munnar in Idukki District of Kerala, is one of the important destinations of wildlife tour in Kerala. Also known as Rajamalai National Park, the sanctuary is famous for its biodiversity.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is counted amongst the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. The place is renowned for its rich and varied flora and fauna. The sanctuary is spanning over an area of 77 square kilometers. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary was raised to the status of a National Park in the year 1976.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Malappuram district of Kerala. The sanctuary is situated 19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore Port. The bird sanctuary is spread over an area of clustered islands, which is surrounded by little hammocks.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
If you have always been interested in birds and you want to know how the birds thrive in their natural habitat, then you must visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Located in Kottayam district of Kerala, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in India.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled amidst the south-east part of the Western Ghats, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the prime destinations for wildlife tours in Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary, located in Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, is the abode of thriving flora and lush green fauna.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Located at Chittur in Palakkad district of the state, the sanctuary has become prominent because of the diverse fauna in the dense woods in this area.
Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1958, which makes it the second oldest wildlife sanctuary of Kerala. Located in Thrissur/Trichur district, this wildlife reserve consists of Palappilli and Nelliyampathi forests.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, the preserved forest of Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of the catchments of Peppara Dam, which has been constructed across Karamana River.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Thekkady, Kerala, on the higher altitudes of the Western Ghats. The sanctuary was built after the completion of a dam in the year 1895, after which a reservoir was formed which runs around the placid contours of the well forested hills.
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Kollam district of Kerala, derives its name from Shenduruny tree, which grows in abundance here. The sanctuary was established in 1984.
Silent Valley National Park
Silent Valley National Park, located in Palakkad (Palghat) district of Kerala, is one of the prime tourist attractions of the state. The park is a part of the bigger Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, popularly known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is situated at the foot of Western Ghats. The sanctuary expands over a staggering 25 km on the North side of Periyar River.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in Wayanad district of Kerala. Also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.
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