Eravikulam National Park, this world famous sanctuary near Munnar is easily accessible by road, just 4km from the Munnar – Udmalapet road. It is 135km from Kochi and is situated at the crest of Anamalai range. It was made to protect the rare and almost extinct species of Nilgiri Tahr. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of high level evergreen forests. In 1975, it was declared as a sanctuary and declared as a National Park in 1978. It can be counted among one of the best mountain ranges found anywhere in India. Though this park is divided in to three parts, like the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area, tourists are allowed only to the tourism area where they can observe the free movements of Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur and Sambar etc. Other key fauna include sambar, barking deer, gaur , giant Malabar squirrel, tiger , panther , nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque , wolf , pigeon, black bird and jungle frow etc.A rich and varied type of flora can also be seen here. The rare species popularly known as “ Neela Kuriniji” grows here. The Neealkuruinji is a plant that blooms once in 12yrs.At that time the hillside will bluish in colour.