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Kerala Wildlife

Kerala in South India, also called God's Own Country, is home to many rare and special forms of animal, bird and marine life. Kerala Wildlife Sanctuaries In Kerala provide refuge to different forms of wildlife of Kerala and provide tourists with an opportunity to see these rare creatures in their natural surroundings. Some of the unique wild animals that tourists can see on tours of Kerala, with Kerala Backwater are elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, tigers, leopards, lion-tailed macaque, deer, monkeys, civet cats, squirrels including the Malabar giant squirrel.

You can see different varieties of birds including woodpeckers, Malabar hornbills, kingfishers, cormorants, darters, plovers, and brahminy kites along the backwaters of Kerala. You're also likely to see many species of butterflies and moths, flutter by as you float along a Kerala Backwater. On the shoreline you can see many species of crabs, mudskippers, turtles and deeper in the water you can see fish and even crocodiles in Kerala wildlife.

The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the major tiger reserves in the country. The herd of elephants is an everyday view of thie wildlife sanctuary. There are so many endangered species such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians etc that are protected in this tropical forest.

The Silent Valley National Park is a preserve of natural rainforests. The Lion Tailed Macaque is the famous monkey species whose name has become almost synonymous with that of the Valley. Silent Valley is a virgin forest, which is believed to be the role surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges or Western Ghats.

Popularly known as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is located over an area of 344.44 square kilometers and is home to wildlife such as Gaur, sloth bears, sambhar, elephants, reptiles, tigers, spotted deer, monkeys, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, wild dogs, bison, lizards, bears, wild pigs, leopards,lion-tailed macaque and other animals.

Eravikulam National Park is one of the famous national parks in Kerala state. Eravikulam National Park is situated at Rajamallay which sets on Munar-Udumalpet Road in the South Indian state of Kerala. The national park is situated at the higher altitudes of Western Ghats.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. one of the best bird sanctuary in Kerala, is located amidst the lake of Vembanad on an island. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is better called the birdwatcher's paradise. This bird sanctuary is one of the important attractions in Kumarakom. There are several rare species of birds in Kumarakom. Local birds like kingfisher, cuckoo, owl, waterfowl, heron and the water duck can be seen here in large numbers.

Parambikulam is located in the Palakkad district of Kerala state. Lying adjacent to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the 285 sq km stretch of forest known as the Parambikulam Sanctuary is one of Kerala''s premier wildlife reserves, Parambikulam lies in the Annamalai Hills, south of the Palghat Gap in the Western Ghats. This virgin valley is a pride of Palakkad district and a glorious gift of untouched nature.

Agasthyakoodam is a famous mountain peak in the Trivandrum district in Kerala. This is the second highest mountain peak in Kerala after Anamudi. According to the myth, It is believed that the sage Agasthya lived in this mountains, who was considered as master in Ayurveda and Yoga. This biodiversity area consists of several tropical plants and animals. There are several medicinal herbs in this area.

Besides these national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, there there are several sanctuaries in Kerala like Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Bird sanctuary etc.

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