sanctuary is famous for its Nilgiri Tahr,
an endangered animal. Actually this was set up
specially for the preservation of this Nilgiri
Tahr. Now the number of Tahrs has increased and
they constitute the largest known population of
Tahrs existing in the world. In addition to Tahr,
this park shelters is a good reserve for
elephants, sambars, gaurs, lion-tailed macaque,
Nilgiri langoor, tigers and leopards.
and board facilities are available at Munnar,
the nearest town, which is connected to Kottayam
(148 km.) and Ernakulam (130 km.) by road. There
is a motor able road upto Rajamally. Further,
travel is on foot, but the trekking is really
Silent Valley contains India’s last
substantial stretch of tropical evergreen rain
forests and it is perhaps the only vestige of a
near virgin forest in the whole of the Western
Ghats. Elephants, tigers, wild dog, flying
squirrel and lion-tailed macaque are found here.
traffic is allowed upto Mukkali from Munnarghat.
From Mukkali one has to cover at least 24 km on
foot to reach the source of river Kuntipuzha,
which flows through the valley.
railhead is Palghat, 75 km away. Admission to
this part is restricted. Prior permission is
required to visit the part. For further detail
contact: The Divisional Forest Officer, Palghat.
bird sanctuary is by the side of branches of
The rivers are rich in fish life and has abundant
of water for most of the year. The avifauna
includes both resting indigenous birds and water
birds. The most notable of the indigenous birds
are Malabar grey hornbill, grey jungle fowl,
heron, egret, jungle myna, wood pecker, rose
winged and blue winged parakeet. Rare birds like
Ceylon frog-mouth, rose billed roller etc. are
also seen. Parambikulam is endowed with
luxuriant vegetation. The most noted animals
located here are gaur (bison). Sambar,
spotted deer, jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque,
common otter, sloth bear etc. are also seen.
There are also a few tigers and leopards.
Facilities for boarding and lodging are
available at the sanctuary. There are forest
rest houses at Thunacadavu, Thellikkal and
Elathode. Motor transport and boat cruise can be
arranged on request. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife
Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu lies adjacent.
is accessible from Vithurai on
Thiruvananthapuram Ponmudi road. This
sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is
emerging as a big attraction to wildlife
enthusiasts. 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. Elephant, Sambar,
Leopard and Lion tailed macaque are commonly
of this sanctuary is 40 km from
Mananthavady. There are no bus services to
Nagarhole from Mananthavady, only jeeps and
trucks are available. There is a PWD Rest House,
Forest Rest House and Forest Inspection Bungalow
at Mananthavady. The reservation authorities are
the District Collector, Waynad and the DFO,
Mananthavady. There are also mid range hotels
and an Indian Coffee House here. From Cannanore,
Tellicherry and Calicut there are frequent buses
an area of 777 sq. km. of lush green tropical
forests, it is the natural habitat of elephant,
bison, spotted deer, sambar, bear etc. The drive
to Thekkady itself is enchanting as the road
winds through tranquil countryside, rich
plantations and thick jungles.
The sanctuary offers a lovely and comfortable
way to see the animals via boat rides on
the man-made lake, which the wildlife areas
encircle. In addition to the wildlife,
there are water and land birds galore here, and
one can sometimes find dedicated bird watchers
setting in for one or two weeks of serious
variety of birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill,
Grey jungle fowl and the Jungle Myna are seen.