Nilgiri Tahr, add a spice to the beauty of this place. Do explore it to see abundance of mesmerizing nature, opt for small nature walks. During the months of November December, you could feel walking in the clouds, due to its high altitude.
Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai National Park, Kerala, Munnar :
Though, it is said that Sep - Oct (end of monsoon) and April - May (summers), is the best time to visit this park, as you can vouch for the Tahr spotting and the grassland is in full bloom perfect for the amazing nature walk trails.
But other seasons also have some immense benefits to their kitty.
Summers (March - May) are the best time to spot the varied animals of this park.
Monsoon (June - August), adds up to the beauty due to rich flora which blooms here. But during peak monsoons, the park remains closed, as it receives heavy rainfall.
The winters begin from late October till Feb, and you will be blessed with walking in the clouds, green lands all across, but incase it remains misty, spotting Nilgiri Tahr's becomes difficult.We were in the last phase, wherein we witnessed amazing landscapes, beautiful blooms. As we hiked more, it was like walking amidst the clouds and it was a wonderful walk for us.
Broadly, this park is divided into 3 main zones, which a traveller can look out for :
1. Rajamalai :
This is the tourism zone of the Eravikulam National Park and you can easily spot the endangered Tahr's in this zone. But mind that the months of winters can be quite challenging to get their glimpse and even this zone remains closed during the mating season of Feb - march for minimum obstruction to the amazing fauna's.
From Munnar, there is a straight drive for Eravikulam National Park's, Rajamalai zone. Stop there, take the tickets ( Indian Adults - INR 90, Children - INR 65 and Foreigners: INR 360). Private vehicles are also not allowed, either you can take a nature walk or chose the safari buses.
Timings : 7.30 am - 4.00 pm.
From here take a small 2 minute walk upwards and after a strict checking you'll see Safari buses waiting to take you inside the park. No eatables, plastics are allowed to maintain the pristine beauty of this park. Buses will take you till their last stop inside the park, which takes around 30 minutes (approx.). From there, it is a small hike to reach the top and enjoy the beauty, feel the kurinji flowers, walk along the shola grasslands, spot adorable Tahr's and butterflies. This hike with natural enjoyment takes close to an hour.