Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, located 15 kms from Munnar is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat is concentrated in this region. Half the world population of the Nilgiri Tahr is concentrated in this region. The animal is fast becoming extinct. The sanctuary is a part of the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, and visitors are allowed only to the tourism area in the Rajamala region. The Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the India’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries. It has one of the richest collections of flora and fauna. It is one of the reservoirs nature’s endangered species. In fact it is the only natural habitat of the world famous Nilgiri Tahr.
Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Eravikulam National Park. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India at a height of 2695 meters lies in the Eravikulam National Park.The sanctuary is a steep hike up a winding trail where you could spot small herds of this exotic mountain goat. Rajamala is also home for elephants, leopards, sambars, langurs, tigers, Malabar civets, barking deer and pythons. A wildlife safari into Rajamala is a great opportunity to come up close with the timorous Tahrs and observe their habits and habitats.
It is estimated that the total population of the rare Nilgiri Tahrs to be over 1300. Since Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary happens to be a chunk of Eravikulam National Park, the visitors are not permitted to explore the entire park. Watch these endangered species in their natural habitat, behold the breathtaking mountain scenery, and look-out for exotic flora unique to the region. This tour definitely takes some bit of walking, so you are advised to put on your walking shoes and carry a bottle of drinking water. Rajamala is a unique wildlife experience offering endless photo opportunities, not to mention a great chance to commune with nature.
Visitors are not allowed inside the park in the monsoon season. You need to buy entry passes from the Wildlife DFO Munnar before you start your exploration. The Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with a large collection of herbs, shrubs, trees and climbers. The rich vegetation in this locality makes it one of the most prolific places to visit. There are also many birds, reptiles and many other kinds of animals that make the Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary a must visit place for all nature lovers.