7 Lesser-Known Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala That Can Be Explored

Each of the major travel destinations of Kerala has got their own wildlife parks, where the travellers from different parts of the country or even foreigners on their vacationing in Kerala. The diverse population of flora and fauna that you get to see here are like no other anywhere else in the world. Listed here are the lesser-known wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.                                                 

Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

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You would never have heard such a name in the list of wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. Located to the borders of Thrissur and Palakkad districts, the Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is, however, the second oldest of the state. Moreover, the area of the sanctuary also does extend towards the catchment area of the Peechi Dam. While you strolling through the wild paths of Vazhani sanctuary, you could rush into a group of barking dear, bison, sambar dear and Elephants. The inner depth of the forest is home to the rare Bengal Tigers and Leopards. Besides, special care must be taken to not to get bitted by the numerous snake and lizard population crawling in the wild.

 Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

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 The wildlife sanctuary of Idukki is most perfectly located adjacent to the popular Idukki Arch Dam covering a large expanse of Udumpanchola and Thodupuzha. Anybody who is on tour to this part of  Kerala should never miss to visit them, as they encompass much interesting stuff such as serene lake and the boating experience in it. Moreover, the visit to the wildlife sanctuary would be already included in the tour packages centred on either Vagamon or any other major tourist destinations in Idukki. For a moment, you could feel that the entire animal population that you find at the KBR National Park of Hyderabad was brought from this diverse sanctuary, as they are inhabited by creatures ranging from jungle cats to Malabar Grey Hornbill.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

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The sanctuary situated in the heart of Ernakulam city could be one of the most deserving names that have to be included in the list of lesser-known sanctuaries of Kerala. Covering an area of 2.74 hectares, the Mangalavanam Sanctuary is peaceful abode of various sorts of migratory birds that rest on the branches of large mangrove vegetation. Apart from them, the next major percentage of their inhabitants constitute of certain species of amphibians, reptiles, fishes and some mammals. As they are located in the bustling urban space, the sanctuary could be a relaxing getaway for these creatures. Furthermore, the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary can be deemed as an ecologically important zone.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

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Come over to the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary during the months from June to October to behold the large populations of bison, Nilgiri langur, sloth bear, sambar dear, boar, jungle cats and elephants living peacefully in the sloppy forested regions of this parts of Kannur district. These animals are endemic to this phase of the Western Ghats, which is at an altitude of 50 to 1145 m above the sea level. Varied sort of squirrels is the next significant kind of mammals that had made the sanctuary their home. Established in the year of 1984, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary expands to an area of 55 square kilometres. Trekking activities arranged in the hill of Aralam are favourite spot among the adventure enthusiasts.

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary

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Established in the year of 1984, the picturesque region of Chimmini wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Thrissur district. When considering its geographical location, they are the close neighbour of Parambhikulam and Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary. Hence the flora and fauna living in the latter two wild parks can also be sighted in Chimmini. The conserved wildlife region comprises an area of around 85 square kilometres, through which flow the rivers of Mupliam and Kurumali. Furthermore, they are situated in the western side of the majestic Nelliyampahty hills. The prominent animals living in the sanctuary are tiger, wild dogs, elephants, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque besides a diverse population of birds, fishes, reptile and amphibians.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

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The first-ever bird sanctuary established ever opened in the state of Kerala is the Thattekad bird sanctuary, which is otherwise known as the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. They are yet another bird sanctuary located in the district of Ernakulam but to its north-eastern regions adjacent to Kothamangalam. At its 25 square kilometres of Evergreen forest, you could find the endemic creatures such as Shrike, Black Winged Kite, sunbird, night heron, jungle fowl, grey hornbill and many others. They are very picturesquely situated on a beautiful shore of the Periyar River. In addition to all these, the wildlife zone also holds the significance of being called the richest habitat of Peninsular India for Bird by the noted ornithologist, Salim Ali.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chinnar is a significant area considering the demographic structure of Kerala, as they are the only rain shadow region. So even if you are planning to visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary from any neighbouring states such as Tamil Nadu, you will be compelled to cross the eastern slope of these regions of the Western Ghats. Anyhow, a small tour up to the wildlife sanctuary will offer you the glimpses of a huge variety of creature living there such as slender loris, giant squirrel, tiger,  gaur, spotted dear, leopard, star tortoise and many more. Just like the Interpretation Centre of Ahmadabad, Chinnar also houses one such organization at its adjacent Karimutty.

Rather than wildlife sanctuaries elaborated here, there are various other wildlife parks spread across the forest regions of the state. Most of them are popular travel destinations that are preferred by the tourists thronging to the state. So when you are planning for such wildlife tours, you may effortlessly contact Lelagoon Holidays either through phone or online. The efficient tour company would take you to those varied wild places of your demand, without experiencing the hassles of travelling up to a whole new or any remote place. Their tour packages do cover the sightseeing at various tourist places both popular and lesser-known ones. Above all that, you could avail their services very easily at incredible rates.

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