The Eravikulam National Park (15 kms from Munnar) is located in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It lures the travelers with its overwhelming grace and exquisiteness. The park about 97 Sq km lies along the elevated ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. It is positioned on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the north where it has its extention as the Annamalai National Park. The mountains enclosed with the rolling grasslands and towering level sholas is breath taking and fine-looking.
This park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr also acknowledged as the Nilgiri Ibex. The Rajamala is the natural habitation of this rare mountain goat. Half of the global populace of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres) lives here. (Around 1317, according to the 1991 census).Other than the Nilgiri tahr other significant fauna are elephant, leopard, tiger, malabar civet, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, langur, phyhon etc. The birds originate here are imperial pigeon, grey jungle fowl etc. It was affirmed as a sanctuary in the year 1975. Taking into consideration the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological implication, it was acknowledged as a National park in 1978. The park is alienated into 3 regions – the core, the buffer and the tourism area.
Visitors are permitted merely to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. Trekking conveniences are obtainable here. Anamudi(2694 m), the highest peak, south of the Himalayas, is situated in the south of the park. The lofty Anamudi, masked in a delicate film of mist, and then abruptly swathed in sunshine, is a scene so amazing that it will stay behind spanking new in the recollection of every visitor. Neelakurinji, a exceptional species of flowers that spring once in 12 living, grows abundantly on these grasslands, that transforms enormous areas of hilly terrain into floral festivity. A group of tourists come to Eravikulam to observe the awesome sight at this blue-spangled occurrence.
Cochin International Airport (143 km) is the nearest airport from Eravikulam and connected to many places in India by regular flights. The airport is also connected to places in the Middle East by regular flights. Nearest Railway Station is Aluva in Ernakulam district, 115 km from Munnar. Other railway stations are Kottayam about 142 km from Munnar and Ernakulam, about 130 km from Munnar. A motorable road is there up to Rajamalai, the park headquarter. From Rajamalai, one needs to travel on foot for around 18 km.