Located at an altitude of 450-748 mt above
sea level, Idukki National Park
is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, full with
natural splendors and wildlife wonders. Idukki National Park
sprawls over an
area of 97 sq km park spreading along the high ranges of the western coast
in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. Home to endemic
Nilgiri Tahr, this park offers refreshing rolling grasslands and exotic
wildlife including tigers and elephants.
Best Time : October to April
Wildlife Species in Idukki National
Entry Fee :15 (Indian) & Rs. 200 (foreigner)
National Park is largely covered by dense tropical evergreen and deciduous
trees. Idukki national park is carpeted by different kind of orchids and
balsams. The most prominent flower is Neelakurunji which blossoms in mass
scale and has a 12 years life cycle. It has large variety of plants which
are considered as having medicinal value.
Idduki National Park is known for harboring the largest surviving
population of Nilgiri tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius), which is endemic to the
southern Western Ghats. Himalayan tahr and Arabian Tahr are two other
relative species found in the park. Some other animals include sambar,
barking deer, striped goat, mongoose, monitor lizard, bison, bear, flying
frog, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, jungle cat, jackal, Indian
giant squirrel and various species of snakes.
Idukki National Park has around 120 species of birds- both migrants and
indigenous. Some frequently seen birds in the park are mynah, jungle fowl,
black bulbul, laughing thrush, woodpecker, darter, grey heron, little spider
hunter, Malabar parakeet, peafowl and kingfisher. Black and ornage
flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pegeon, white bellied shortwing,
Nilgiri verditer flycatcher and Kerala laughing thrush are recorded as
endemic birds in the park.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- The Mudapetty Dam, (Mattupetty Dam) 10 km from Munnar is the top
attraction. Here you can indulge activities like boating and horse
- Nature walk and hiking through the numerous tea estates of Munnar is
highly exhilarating experience. Must make a trip to enjoy the seer green
beauty of the land.
- Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is just 60 km away. This beautiful
sanctuary is the only protected area in Kerala having semi arid and dry
deciduous scrub forests. Refresh yourself in rejuvenating environment.
Rajamalai is the key point to reach if you are in search of way to Idduki
National Park. It is the headquarter of the park. It is well connected by
road with all cities in Kerala. Cochin International Airport (143 km) is the
nearest airport from Eravikulam and offers regular air services to all
Important destinations of India. Nearest railway station is Aluva in
Ernakulam district, 115 km from Munnar is the nearest railway station and
offer regular trains to important cities of south India. Kottayam (142 km)
is another railway station.
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation and PWD has arranged sufficient
number of resorts and lodges to cater the requirements of the tourists. You
will have here private resorts at Cheruthoni about three km from the
- Tea County
- Sterling Resort
- Vagamon Hideout
- Victoria International