We all know Kerala as a haven of incredible sun-kissed beaches, beautiful backwaters, lip-smacking cuisines, and the quintessential Ayurveda treatments. But there is another enticing aspect requiring further exploration that testifies it as the “God’s own country”— the wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. Spread along the length and breadth of Kerala, they offer an opportunity to revel in the glory of nature and get mesmerised by the beauty of its untamed creatures. The wide range of endemic species and rare flora and fauna make these sanctuaries an ideal abode for all types of visitors and are highly appreciated for their natural grandeur.
Did you know the captivating state covers 28% of the forest area and is home to 13 gorgeous wildlife sanctuaries and 5 splendid national parks? Decide in advance where to stay in Kerala and go for an adventurous discovery tour of the state’s wild landscapes, spotting the exotic animals inhabiting the natural paradise of the following wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala-
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Tucked away in the Western Ghats, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawling over a luxuriant 675 sq km area surrounding Periyar Lake. The sanctuary stands as an attraction point for nature lovers as the exquisite ambiance along with the enchanting beauty of the Western Ghats lets one enjoy wildlife in its true form. Follow the footsteps of tigers or track them in the wilderness.
You also have an option to go bamboo rafting amidst abundant wildlife and flora species. Adventure junkies can explore trekking and boating options that are likely to take one to the unexplored hidden corners of this amazing sanctuary.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Falling under the category of World Heritage Sites, Parambikulam Sanctuary is like an oasis of incredible serenity. Located in the Palakkad district, the sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Being one of the most densely populated wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala, it is a home to precious species such as Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Asian elephant, Spotted deer, Lion-tailed macaque, Indian wild dog along with a variety of snakes, birds, and spiders.
Neem, sandalwood and rosewood trees provide an incredible backdrop while boat cruises are bound to take you to the peaks of excitement. There are also comfortable accommodation options offered by State Forest Department to keep you enchanted throughout your Kerala wildlife expedition.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
Located in the centre of Kochi, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is every bird enthusiast’s paradise and is known for its well-acclaimed bird population. Mangrove forests which cover most of the area make the sanctuary a hotspot for a number of local and migratory bird species from different corners of the world. Make sure to carry some bird feed as you take a stroll amidst playful birds chirping around. Black Crowned Night Heron and Little Cormorant are the famous breeds you will find here. Don’t miss out on clicking the colourful dwellers of this sanctuary.
It’s time to pack your bags and get transported to the fascinating world of the wilds, witnessing beasts and predators in their natural habitat. But before you do that, book yourself one of the best 5-star resorts in Kerala for an enthralling yet comfortable wildlife experience.