Eravikulam National Park harbours the largest (about 700) surviving population of Nilgiri tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius). This endangerd animal is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. Its nearest relative is the Himalayan tahr. The fully grown male is known as 'saddle back' is much bigger and darker than the female which has a silvery saddle like patch on its back. Mating takes place during monsoons and the birth season is January-February.
Eravikulam National Park
Situated in Devikulam taluk of Idukki district Eravikulam consists mostly of high altitude grasslands interspread with sholas. The highest peak in the park is Anamudi at a height of 2690 m. The only motorable road inside the Park, passes through the southern extremity inside the tourism zone to the Rajamala tea estate. Entry fee to the park for Indians is Rs. 15/- and for foreigners Rs. 200/- per head per day
Eravikulam National Park..
Eravikulam National Park 97 sq km in extent is situated along the western ghats in the high Ranges of Idukki district. The Park holds the largest viable population of the endangered (IUCN) Nilgiri Thar (Hemitragus hylocrius). Apart from Thar, the Park is the abode of other little known fauna such as Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose,small clawed otter, dusky striped sqirrel etc.
Munnar is the major town near Eravikulam National Park and is about 12 kms away. The park is a major tourist attraction for the people visiting the hill station. Rajamala another natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr is also in the vicinity.
Located an altitude of 1800 m, the hill resort of Devikulam is 16 km southwest of Munnar. Sita Devi Lake with the backdrop of verdant hills is the main attraction of Devikulam.
Eravikulam National Park represents the largest and least disturbed stretch of unique montane shola-grassland vegetation in the Western Ghats. The National Park is regionally important as a catchment area for both east and west flowing rivers of south India.