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Forests occuppy 28% of the area. Timber is an important industry. Hiking facilities is available at Thekkady Wild Life Sanctuary, Neyyar Dam and other reservoirs and dams. The Periyar, Eravikulam, Silent Valley National Parks , Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Wynad and Paranbikkulam Sanctuaries and a host of other smaller wild life reserves, make Kerala attractive.

 
WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Sanctuary is an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and was established in 1973. It sprawls over an area of 344 sq. km. and borders the famous Mudumali Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Nagarhole and Bandipur Sanctuaries in Karnataka. The Key fauna includes elephants, spotted deer, gaur, sloth bear and very large variety of birds and reptiles. The best season is from December to April.

   
NEYYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Situated amidst scenic surroundings 32km from Trivandrum, the Lion Safari park and Crocodile farm and rich variety of birds and animals are the attractions of this wildlife sanctuary.
PARAMBIKULAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
It lies 135km from Palakkad via Pollachi and is one of the best sanctuary in the state. It covers an area of 285 sq.km around the Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Peruvaripallan dams. It is home to varied wildlife species like gaur(bison), sambar,spotted deer,Nilgiri langur, lion tailed macaque, sloth bear etc. The best season lasts from February to April.
   
SILENT VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Located in the lush Kundai hills 80km from Palakkad, the sanctuary is perhaps the last substantial stretch of evergreen rain forests. The key fauna includes elephants, tiger, lion tailed macaque etc. The best season is from September to March.
   
KADALUNDI BIRD SANCTUARY  
25km from Kozhikode, this is a treat for bird watchers. Thousands of migratory birds like terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, whimpers, etc gather here during the breeding season which starts from November and return back in April.
   
KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY
This beautiful bird sanctuary is located 12km west of Kottayam town. The sanctuary is set on the eastern bank of Vembanad Lake and extends over 14 acres. The birds seen here include water fowl, cuckoo, owl, ducks and migratory birds like Siberian storks. Best time to visit is between June and August.
   
ARALAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY  
The sanctuary an area of 55sq.km in Kannur. The key fauna include elephants, sloth bear, mouse deer etc.Rich and varied types of avifauna and reptiles can also be found here.
   
THATTEKAD BIRD SANCTUARY  
Located 12km from Kothamangalam, the sanctuary covers an area of 25sq.km stretching between the branches of river Periyar.There are more than 200 verities of birds in the region. Key avifauna include large falcon, gray jungle fowl etc.
   
IDUKKI WIDLIFE SANCTUARY
It covers an area of 70 sq.km.Although smaller in size it is comparable to Periyar national Park. The key fauna is sambar and elephant. The best season is from November to May.
   
CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Chinnar sanctuary is accessible by good roads from the Airports of Coimbatore and Kochi. The nearest railway stations are Aluva(200 km) and Pollachi(60km)
As you travel along the road from Karimutti to Chinnar, you can spot elephant, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman monkey and even peacocks on either side of the road . This is a unique experience because generally one has to go deep into the jungle to see wildlife as in the case of most other sanctuaries.

   
CHIMMINI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY  
35 km from Thrissur, the main fauna include leopards, elephants, bears, wild pigs , wild bisons, tigers etc and the flora include evergreen forests, semi evergreen forests, leaf shedding forests etc.
   
ERAVIKULAM-RAJAMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY  
The famous sanctuary near Munnar is just 4km from the Munnar-Udumalapet road. It is 135km from Kochi and is situated at the crest of the Anaimalai range. It has the largest population of Niligiri Tahr existing in the world now. Other key fauna include sambar, barking deer, gaur, giant Malabar squirrel, tiger, panther, nilgiri languor and many others. The flora here includes the rare 'Neelakurinji'. The best season lasts from November to April.
   
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (Thekkady)  
Situated in Thekkady 190 km from Kochi, this sanctuary is popular for its tiger reserve. The greatest attraction is the herd of wild elephants that come down to the lake to frolic in the waters. Tiger, sambhar, bison. spotted deer, leopard, Malabar Flying squirrel, Stripe-necked mongoose and soon are also found in the forest.
   
SHENDURUNI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY  
66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam-Shencotta road, elephants, tigers, leopards, deers, lion-tailed macaques are the main attractions here.
   
PEPPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
50 km from Trivandrum, elephants, gaurs, sloth bears, leopards and lion tailed macaques are the main attractions here.
   
PEECHI-VAZHANI WILD LIFE SANCTUARY
In 12 sq. km area of thick forests, tuskers can be seen in large numbers situated in Trichur District.
   
AUGUSTIA KOODAM  
Located in Trivandrum District. Rare and valuable plants used for Ayurveda Medicines are found.
 
NAGARHOLE WILD LIFE SANCTUARY  
40 km from Mananthavadi in Wyanad, this wild life sanctuary attracts lot of tourists.
   
PAKSHI PATHALA BIRD SANCTUARY  
This area in Wynad can be reached only by Trekking. Birds can be watched and different species spotted through a birds watch tower.
   
KURUVA ISLANDS
On the Kabini river, 16 km from Manathavady, have rich herbs, Orchids and species of flowers in addition to varieties of animals and birds.
 

 

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