The Teeming Wildlife of Kerala

Do not Miss Enjoying the Rich Biodiversity of Kerala

The Teeming Wildlife of Kerala

Kerala has an abundant biodiversity, where lush landscapes teem with exotic flora and fauna, creating a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. This verdant state is home to numerous endemic species, thriving within its vast expanses of forested terrain. The majestic Western Ghats blanket over 50 per cent of Kerala, providing a vital habitat for a diverse array of wildlife, including endangered species. From north to south, Kerala is dotted with wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, dedicated to preserving and safeguarding its rich natural heritage and making it an ideal destination for wildlife tourism. Animal and bird species like Nilgiri Tahr, Asian Elephant, leopard, Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), grizzled giant squirrel (Ratufa macroura), Storm Petrels, Cormorants, Bitterns, egrets, Shearwaters and Grebes can be found in these sanctuaries.

Kerala hosts some of India's most meticulously managed national parks, with Eravikulam National Park standing out as a shining example. Covering an expansive 97 square kilometres in the Idukki district, this park is renowned for its conservation efforts, providing a sanctuary for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr species. Meanwhile, the Silent Valley National Park, also located in Idukki, has the largest population of lion-tailed macaques and serves as a vital tiger habitat. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Periyar National Park offers an unforgettable experience as India's largest tiger reserve. Here, visitors can witness a myriad of animals and deer roaming freely in their natural habitat, adding to the allure of Kerala's pristine wilderness.

You can traverse through northern Kerala's natural wonders, where Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in Wayanad and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Palakkad beckon with their untamed beauty. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the prestigious Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, alongside the verdant expanses of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka.

Venture southward to discover Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. Bird enthusiasts will find their paradise in Kerala, with the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, each offering a haven for rare avian species and unforgettable bird watching experiences.

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