Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park

Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
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Sam B
8 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
It is a 10min walk on a paved road. Thank god I had the chance to see a goat because without that it would have been ridiculous (given the generous fee of 500Rs). Avoid.
Written 22 November 2022
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Ninan J
Aluva, India21 contributions
Nov 2022
We had planned a weekend trip to a resort near Munnar, but since the check in time there was 2:00PM we had lot of time in between which prompted us to visit Rajamalai. Once we were in Munnar town we could sense that the whole of India was there being a weekend and a second Saturday. While approaching Rajamalai, we got a feel that it is going to be crowded because vehicles were already parked on the roadside making the roads narrower. Our adventurous spirit made us go for it anyway. When we reached the entrance the security staff told us that there is no parking space available and that we may park somewhere ahead on the roadside. We could finally find a spot a kilometre and a half away, that too on the wrong side. When we walked down to the entrance area, we noticed that dark clouds were gathering and being the retreating monsoon it would rain in the afternoon. We had forgotten to carry our umbrella or jackets. Just then we saw some people doing brisk sales of umbrellas. After a hard bargain we bought two for INR 500. Soon after that in another corner, there were raincoats for sale, which indeed would have been better. The queue for the tickets was so long that by the time it snaked its way to counter it took almost 45 minutes. Then another queue for the bus ferrying us to the top. Altogether it took, 2 hours to reach the top. While in the queue for the bus we had toyed with the idea of abandoning it and just getting back to the resort, but what to do, we had already invested in tickets and umbrellas that cost us INR 450 per head!

Once at the top, we took a stroll up two or three bends and returned to join the queue for the journey back. There were no goats to be found. We knew that for sure beforehand because the milling crowds would have pushed them further up the foggy hills. When it started drizzling we opened the umbrellas but one of them would not close. There was no place where would throw it away, but a security staff saved us, saying he would do something. The queue at the top was disorganised, there wasn’t sufficient security personnel to mind it so there were people breaking lines and jumping in front. In the midst of all this, the clouds opened up and bathed us profusely. The buses wouldn’t come, it seemed endless getting wet in a haphazard queue and shivering all the while. When we finally reached the bottom we did not have the energy to walk another kilometre to the car in our wet clothes while the rain continued. The other, younger couple went ahead to fetch the car, but when the wait for them did not seem to end we decided to trek to the car only to find that traffic was not moving towards Munnar at all. We somehow squeezed ourselves into the car and again waited and waited until a Good Samaritan volunteered to regulate traffic. He guided us out of the wrong side and paved the way for us join the queue from behind. We drove another 5 kilometres before we could find a space to take a turn and join the line to Munnar. We first thought, all this long line of vehicles could be because of some accident somewhere along the route, but we soon realised that in these narrow roads there were over-smart guys in a hurry breaking the line and trying to get ahead.

I wouldn’t recommend such trips to my enemy even. Weekends in such hill stations are a big ‘NO’. The infrastructure is poor and people are in no mood for any discipline. Its’s helter-skelter everywhere.
Written 20 November 2022
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JayD20
Bengaluru, India25 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
The park charges 200 INR for entry ( October 2022). The tourists are packed in a bus and taken to another point through a metalled road, then asked to walk for about a kilometer that again on a metalled road. Hardly gives you a feeling of walking into a natural dwelling of the famed Nilgiri Tahr!
Written 1 November 2022
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Tanya P
Tel Aviv, Israel26 contributions
Oct 2022
I was lucky to arrive at a weekday, so it wasn't busy and I did nor have to wait more than a few minutes in line or for the bus. The views on the bus ride were breath taking, there were no clouds so the visibility was great. We saw a few goats from the bus on the way up and then down again. Overhaul, I think it's one of Munnar's best attractions.
Written 22 October 2022
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ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,285 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
One of the must visit place in Munnar. If I am not mistaken Rajamala is highest place in Munnai. You will get nice overview from national park. Entrance fee is 500/- per head. From entrance they will take us from bus. From bus stop point you can walk further till end point. It is around 3000-4000 steps from walking till end point and returning to bus stop area. You can see Nilgiri Tahr (kind of unique goat).
Written 24 September 2022
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FellowTraveler795932
23 contributions
Jun 2022
You can take the car upto the park entry point, then a bus ride up the mountain. Saw many mountain goats, a lovely walk through the clouds. Small cafe and gift store at the top.
Written 28 June 2022
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roshangk
Sugar Land, TX5 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a must-do when in Munnar! The views were breathtaking throughout and we were lucky to see a group of about 8 Nilgiri Thar, which was a treat. As others have said, you have to buy a ticket and take a 20 minute bus ride to the drop off point from where you can choose to continue by foot or simply return by bus. I would highly recommend at least walking a little by foot for those that can physically do it. The road is very well paved and wide. We did not have a wait at all when buying tickets but other reviewers seemed to encounter long waits, I'm sure it depends on the time and day you visit. It looks like there's an option to buy tickets online as well to avoid waiting in line at the park.

Our kids loved seeing the Thar! Even if you don't catch a glimpse of the Thar, the wonderful mountain views alone make this a worthwhile activity. We got some great pictures while there.
Written 26 June 2022
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Wanderer
Bengaluru, India34 contributions
May 2022
This is not a National park. Shame that this place is being tagged as a National Park where Tourists must visit.

You have to board the bus from entry point with ticket costing 200 Rs. Bus takes you for 20 minute ride on hills and leaves you at some point uphill. From there you can walk for 20-30 minutes uphill on a road, take pics and return. There is absolutely nothing to see except some wild goats(Nilgiri tahr).

1 hour waiting to get ticket, another 1 hour to board the bus, another 1 hour waiting for bus while returning. Just to have hill view which anyways you can get anywhere in Munnar.

Do no visit this place, rather chill in your resort/hotel or in some tea plantation area.
Written 2 June 2022
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Renu8
New Delhi, India259 contributions
May 2022
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK – MUNNAR

Of Sholas, Streams and Waterfalls.

Though we woke up to a misty, rainy morning, we did not allow the weather gods to dampen our spirits. We did, however, delay our departure from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the hope that it would be a case of, ‘rain, rain go away, come back another day’.

We bought our tickets on line, at a cost of Indian Rs 200/-per adult, as entrance fee for Eravikulam National Park, the sanctuary and home to the largest population of the Ibex or Nilgiri Thar. Of the three time slots we chose the 8 a.m. to noon as it has the largest time span compared to the noon to 2 p.m., lastly followed by 2 to 4 p.m.

We drove to Rajamalai Estate, a few kms from the town, on a superbly tarred road, to the ticketing centre at 5th Mile, which is the entrance to the park. A ticket counter for on the spot purchases of tickets as well. This is also the point from where one transfers to the safari buses that take you on a 15 minute drive to a disembarkation point which has a tourist shop, a cafeteria and public toilets. This is known as the tourism zone of the park. The best way to see these creatures is to then walk for about a kilometre from here in the hope of spotting the sure footed animals, who are most at home standing perpendicularly on the rock face.

The mood of everyone in the bus was a bit grim with a heavy silence due to the inclement weather. But Nature had put out a spectacular display for us. The morning fog gave the forest and valley an ethereal appearance. The constant sirimiri along with the chilly, damp, fresh air, caused the temperature to dip. Perched at 7,000 ft. above sea level, we got a panoramic view of the miles and miles of rolling hills covered with neatly trimmed, emerald green contoured tea bushes, that seemed to merge with the horizon, yonder. The silver oak trees planted amidst the camellia sinensis bushes, happily showing off their silver wares when a gust uplifted their branches. Various waterfalls where the trickle from the perennial streams coalesced to form gushing, milky white curtains of water, against the black rock of the mountain face. The Lakkom waterfall is the grandest of them all when rain filled, it falls breathtakingly, with a thunderous sound. The terrain consisting of high altitude grasslands and the extensively forested deep valleys and gorges known as ‘Sholas’, guarding a treasure trove of flora, fauna, medicinal plants as also birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.

Enroute our driver proudly pointed out the highest peak of the Indian Peninsula. ‘Anamudi’,which literally translates to, ‘elephant’s head,’ is a towering black ,bald stone giant, with a height of 2695m in the southern region of the Park. It had its head shrouded in the mist.

Eravikulam, with an area of 97km square, was formerly the hunting preserve of the British planters. It was declared a sanctuary in 1975 to protect this endangered goat species and in 1978, a National Park. This however, does not guarantee a sighting, as with a visit to any sanctuary. It is not the be all and end all of one’s visit. That is why I have described the natural verdant of Eravikulam so that on not seeing the Ibex you can obliterate its absence from your mind and enjoy nature’s captivating glory at its best.

The National Park is closed from January/February to March, for calving.

With our heads in the clouds, wet and bedraggled, we returned, feeling invigorated and totally in awe of experiencing a slice of heaven in God’s own country.
Written 24 May 2022
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Ayyappadas R
7 contributions
May 2022
Worth a Visit Forest department take you in a Vehicle inside the jungle to a certain extent ,then we have to walk to reach the top. On the way we can find animals if lucky
Written 13 May 2022
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