Kerala is blessed to have more than 40% of its landscape as mountains and ranges. The boundaries it shares with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is through the infinitely beautiful Nilgiri ranges, Brahmagiri Mountain Ranges, Satyamangalam Forest and Bandiur forest. It is part of the beautiful and sensitive western ghats and has number of tiger reserves and national parks.
To the south of Kerala, amidst the the mighty Nilgiri range and on the National Highway 49 is a small town of Munnar. It is a popular hill station with wide spread tea estates across the mountains with Tata Tea having the monopoly in this region. Few kilometers from this town towards Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) is the Anamudi Mountain . It is the highest peak in South India at 8841 ft. Its also home to one of the rarest types of national parks perched on top of this mountain.
Eravikulam National Park was established in the year 1978 at Devikulam Taluk, Idukki District of Kerala. It is spread on an area of 97 Sq.Km. The mean highest point is 2000m above sea level. It has a unique vegetation called Shola Grasslands which are seen at high altitudes. It is home to some of the rare Flora and fauna which can be seen in the western ghats. Endangered species such as Nilgiri tahr have made their home. The Neelakurunji flower is indeed one of Mother Nature’s most precious creations. It blooms once in a blue moon, 12 years to be specific, but when it does, it takes over every nook and corner of the Eravikulam National Park in Kerala.
Once the base camp is reached, visitors are taken in a mini bus to the peak from which one needs to trek. It gives an opportunity to have a glimpse of mother nature’s creation at its best. One even encounters animals happily grazing on the lanes. It also gives a spectacular view of the Anamudi mountain and its ranges.