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Eravikulam National Park

Location : 17 Kms From Munnar, Kerala
Coverage area : 97 sq. Kms
Main attraction : Nilgiri Tahr, Atlas Moth
Best time to visit : November to April
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Arrival Information : 
-- By rail : Nearest railway stations: Kottayam, about 142 km from Munnar; Ernakulam, about 130 km from Munnar.
-- By air : Nearest airports: Madurai (Tamilnadu) about 142 km; Cochin International Airport, about 150 km.
-- By road : A motorable road is there up to Rajamalai, the park headquarter
Nearby excursions : Anamudi (2,695 m) is the highest peak in south India, Mudapetty Dam
Nearby cities : Munnar, Marayoor is 42 km from Munnar  

A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills.

Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. 

Flora :
The vegetation type of this region is mainly tropical evergreen forest. Grasslands, shrubs, and forests are what one finds throughout. Grasslands with patches of forests known as sholas in between cover almost the entire region.

Fauna :
Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.
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