MATHIKETTAN SHOLA NATIONAL PARK
Mathikettan area is part of the Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR) notified in the Travancore Government gazette 24th August 1897, wherein the area was constituted as a Reserve Forest under section 18 of Regulation II of 1068. The control over the land rests with the Revenue department and tree growth with the Forest department. However in 2002 , Government have transferred 1281.7419 hectares of land to the administrative control of Forest department considering the unique nature of the Shola forests in Mathikettan and its importance as an elephant corridor. The erstwhile State Wildlife Advisory Board has also recommended to declare the area as a National Park. The Government therefore declared (Govt. order GO (MS) 50/2003 F&WLD dated 10th October 2003 ) an area of 1281.74 hectares in Udumbanchola Taluk, Poopara Village Idukki district as a National Park for protecting its ecological, faunal, floral and geographical wealth and its environment.
ANAMUDI SHOLA NATIONAL PARK
An extent of 750 ha. in Idukki District, Devikulam Taluk, Marayoor Village was declared as Anamudi Shola National Park vide Government Notification 12876/ F2 /2003/ F&WLD dated: 14.12.2003. The proposed National Park includes all the areas notified as reserve forest under Idivara Shola Reserve, Pullardi Shola Reserve and Mannavan Shola Reserve.
PAMBADUM SHOLA NATIONAL PARK
An extent of 131.80 ha. in Idukki District, Devikulam Taluk, Marayoor Village has been declared as Pambadum Shola National Park as per notification No. 12875/F2/2003/F&WLD dated: 14.12.2003.
The areas under each of the Shola National Park are known to have high ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphological, zoological and botanic significances.
These areas were declared as National Parks to ensure long term protection of the majestic vegetal stretch, which contains many botanical rarities and novelties to Science.
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK, MUNNAR
One of the major hill stations in Kerala, Munnar is famous for the Eravikulam National Park, where the single largest population of the endangered, endemic Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocreus) exists. The highest peak in Kerala viz, the Anamudi- and the adjacent areas form the natural home of the endangered Tahr. Trekking, wildlife watching and photography are permitted in this area.
How to reach:
From Kochi by road –135 km.
From Kottayam by road- 148 km.
Nearest Airport – Kochi – 130 km.
Nearest Railway station – Aluva – 115 km.
Govt Guest House at Munnar and Devikulam
PWD rest house, Forest RH, Dormitory.
The Wild life Warden,
Munnar Wild life Division,
Phone 04865 231587
SILENT VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Silent Valley National Park, stands as an eloquent testimony to the conservation consciousness of the people of this country. The tropical evergreen forest is the abode of rich biodiversity. From Mukkali the tourist has to walk 24 Kms to the interior of the park by trekking. Vehicular traffic is allowed only up to Mukkali. The National park has to be perambulated by foot. Bird watching, trekking, wildlife photography are permitted.
How to reach:
Nearest bus station- Mannarkkad – 32 km,
Nearest Airport – Coimbatore – 115 km.
Forest rest house, dormitory at Mukkali,
PWD rest house at Mannarkkad.
The Wildlife Warden
Silentvalley National Park
Mannarkkad. P.O. Palakkad