Munnar Eravikulam National Park Re-opened for visitors

The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar has been re-opened for visitors from 11th April 2014. It was closed for last two months  due to the birth season of Nilgiri Tahr. Eravikulam National Park harbors the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr ( Nilgiritragus hylocrius). This endangered animal is endemic to the Western Ghats of the Southern India. Every year the park closes during February-March for about 30 to 45 days for the birth season and also the wildlife authorities conduct Census of the new born animals in the park. The Nilgiri Tahr population in the Eravikulam National Park is estimated to be about 750.

Eravikulam-National-park

The park opens its gates at 07:00 in the morning and closes by 18:00 in the evening. Due to the long weekends and other public holidays the park witnessed a huge rush last couple of days and this trend is expected to continue for few more weeks. Expect long waiting in the queue if you plan to visit the park. There is no online booking facility for the entry tickets.

Nilgiri-Tahr

Nilgiri Tahr

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6 Responses

  1. Satish says:

    If we are planning to stay 3 days 3 nights in munnar from , How should we plan our site seeing, so that we cover all long distance ( more than 3-4km) by ourselves and book local cab for 1 day to cover long distance sites ( to avoid booking cab for all days).We are staying in a hotel on Chilling Plant Road.Also please let me know, if I want to travel from Ernakulam to Munnar ( with family having 1 year old), which is the best time and bus ( govt or pvt bus) to take. I have booked a hotel close to Ernakulam South Rly Stn from where I wish to travel to Munnar

    • roy says:

      Hi Satish, Most of the site seeing spots like “Mattupetty” and “eravikulam park” are close to 10km from munnar town. Moreover there are huge number of tourists due to summer vacation hence you might loose lot of time standing in queue for boat ride, park visit etc. Hence I think you may have to book cab for 2 days if you want to cover places like Mattupetty, GapRoad, Eravikulam Park etc. Because all of these are in 3 different directions from Munnar town. Also, nowadays daytime will be bit hot in Munnar so it will be difficult to go out with small kid. Nearby places you can cover in one day for which you can catch an auto.

      From Ernakulam it is better to start by early morning if you are planning to go by Bus. Morning time the bus will not be crowded. Govt Bus station is just 1km from the south railway station.

  2. Hitesh says:

    Hi
    I am visiting Kerala for the first time with my wife. We might be accompanied by another couple. How many days are sufficient to visit Munnar and Wayanad both? And is their any other stuff to experience apart from the houseboat in alleppey. The houseboat rentals are too high during december and that’s why we are thinking of skipping it.
    Also, can we visit these places on our own or shall we opt for some tour package offered by travel websites? We are fluent in English and Hindi only.
    Also, we are looking for budget accommodation like homestays. Would you recommend them over hotels?

    Thanks
    Hitesh

    • Roy says:

      Hi Hitesh, Actually You can finish site seeing in Munnar within one day if you start early. If you are planning to visit national park, then you will lose lot of time just standing in the queue. Same for boating in Mattupetty dam. If there is lot of tourists on that day, then for boating also you will have to wait for long time. If you are not planning to do these, then you can finish withing one day. If you have two days, that is more than enough to cover Munnar.
      Munnar to Wayanad, travel will take 8 to 10 hours. Wayanad site seeing also can be finished by one day. I would suggest you plan for 2 days at Munnar and one day at wayanad.

      Alleppy boating rates will be sky high during November to January. You can check the rates for going to back water in the morning and coming back by noon. Usually they will charge huge rates for night stay in the house boat.

      In munnar most of the home-stays are far from Munnar. Though the rates are less, you will not feel the real Munnar climate.

  3. kunal says:

    Hello Mr.Roy,
    I am travelling from Mumbai to Cochin by train and then next day me and my family (4 females, 1 child of 10 yrs and myself) moving to Munnar in the month of November after diwali. We are planning to come via tour, but it looks they are charging a lot not only for stay but also for sight seeing by Innova car. Can you suggest me are home stay safe to stay(And also suggest the same). And also if I book car locally in Cochin will they cover sight seeings the way tour people do. Can you suggest me some car rentals if you are aware of.

  4. anand says:

    Hello Mr Roy,
    I am travelling from Bangalore to Munnar by car on the 22nd of Dec, planned to stay there for a couple of days..how is the climate out there?…….

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