It may be the smallest national park in Kerala, but Pampadum Shola National Park in Idukki district can surprise visitors with its incredible collection of flora and fauna. Stretching over an area of around 12 sq km, the name 'Pampadum Shola' literally means ‘the forest where the snake dances’.
Located in the eastern part of Southern Western Ghats, the park is located at a distance of around 35 km from Munnar. The park experiences a misty and cloudy climate throughout the year and it receives heavy rain during the North-East monsoon. With its wide range of habitats, the park is host to 22 species of trees, 74 species of herbs and shrubs and 16 species of climbers. Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Wild Boar, Sambhar and Common Langur are some of the commonly spotted animals in the park.
The woods of the park have some amazing trekking trails. A trekking trail to Vattavada will give us a glimpse of the most picturesque parts of the lovely woods. The rolling green hills, the blue mountains and the stunted trees of the shola forest will give you a lifetime experience.
The best way to experience the true colours of the Shola forests is by staying at cottages. Bison Log Houses, Mud Houses and Amenity Centers are the excellent stay options provided by the forest department.
The Wildlife Warden
Munnar PO, Idukki - 685 612
Phone: + 91 4865 231587, + 91 9447979093
Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station, about 145 km | Angamali Railway Station, about 145 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 145 km | Coimbatore International Airport (Tamil Nadu), about 190 km