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The stunning Rajamalai Hills is in the vicinity of Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala.It is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres), the Eravikulam – Rajamalai region now abodes half the world Tahr population estimated around 1300.
In 1975 Eravikulam was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and then in 1978 it was given the status of a National park. The main motive behind this was to protect the rare Nilgiri Tahr But now the park is home to numerous protected species of flora and fauna.
The national park is divided into three areas – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. In which, the Rajamalai is known to be the tourism area of the park. Here, the tourists are allowed to travel deep into the forest to explore the hidden beauty of the environment around. Private vehicles are not allowed inside. Only few mini buses are operated inside in order to control the environment pollution. The trips are organized by the forest department.
The park has a rare collection of varieties of trees and shrubs. You can find here climax grasslands. The sight of variety of orchids is one of the specialties of this park. Apart from Nilgiri Tahr, one can find around 26 different species of mammals at this park. A number of elephants, langur and marten can be found here. About 120 species of birds like black and ornage flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, white bellied short wing and Kerala laughing thrush can be spotted at Eravikulam National Park.
Apart from home to Tahr, the picturesque beauty of this mountain would makes you tent here forever
Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 15/head
Entry fee for Foreigners: Rs. 200/head
Entry fee for children below 12 years and for Bonafied students: Rs. 5/head