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Rajamala Wildlife Santuary


Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the renowned tourist destinations of evergreen Indian state of Kerala. Located at a short distance of 15 km from Munnar, the sanctuary is the natural territory of Nilgiri Thar. Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, but only the tourism region of Rajamala sanctuary is navigable. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1936, while Eravikulam was declared as a National Park in the year of 1978. The sanctuary houses fabulous surroundings with rich grasslands and forests along the high ranges of western coast. The sanctuary was primarily established to protect the endangered Nilgiri Thar and now it has become the habitat of numerous species of flaura and fauna.

Flora and Fauna:

The sanctuary is categorized into three divisions � the buffer area, the core area and the tourism area. The tourists are allowed to visit only tourism area, that comprises Rajamala region.
Flora
The rolling grasslands and high level sholas cover the hill area of 97 sq km. The beautiful blue color flowers of Neelakurinji are one of the best attractions of this region. These flowers are counted among the rarest flowers on the earth, that bloom only once in 12 years. The sanctuary has also its ecological importance as it is blessed with several medicinal plants, herbs, shrubs and rich bio-diversity.
Fauna
Rajamala Sanctuary is the real habitat of rare Nilgiri Thar. With mind-blowing conservation efforts, the total number of Nilgiri Thars is now reached to 1317. The sanctuary also houses the rare mountain goats, whose half of the world's population is found here. Besides these you may find here numerous species of birds, animals and reptiles, such as Leoperd, Loin tailed Macaque, Atlas Moth (largest in the world), Langur, Tiger, Malabar Civet, Elephant, Barking Deer, Neelgai, Sambar, python and different types of snakes etc.

You may also enjoy the adventures trekking facilities in the sanctuary.

Useful Information

Recreation Centers
Tourists are allowed to go on foot upto Anamudi. The trekking areas include Anamudi and Rajamala.

Some Important Informations:

Nearest Airport
Cochin (143 km)
Nearest Railway Station
Ernakulam Railway Station at Ernaculam (Cochin)
Best Time to Visit
November to April
Visit Timings
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Entry Fee:
Rs. 10 (for adults), Rs. 5 (for children below 12 years), Rs. 50 (for foreigners). Do not forget to carry a binocular along to enjoy the magnificent view of wildlife.

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