Ervikulam National Park
Nestled deep in the woods, Gravel Banks, an angler’s shack is a dreamy old stone building trapped in time. Surrounded by beautiful woods this jungle cottage is girdled on one side by a sparkling and delightfully clear stream. Taking inspiration from the famous poet George Mackay Brown, the essence of the magic of Gravel Banks is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of the river, darkness and light. Reminiscent of a Wordsworthian poem, the mountains peeking behind the clouds, and the grasslands that make up the river bank in front of the cottage make this haven of peace the perfect idyllic setting for a picnic. The journey to Gravel Banks is equally magnificent, as you get to drive through one of India’s most iconic National Parks, the Eravikulam National Park. The 92 Sq. Km park’s landscape predominantly consists of a grassland & high montane shola forest eco-system. This globally acclaimed National Park is home to half the world's population of a rare & endangered species of mountain goat, the Nilgiri Tahr (Ibex), and the park is endowed with an even more unique feature, the famous Strobilanthus plant, commonly known as the Neelakurunji, that flowers once in 12 years, covering the hills in blue. The last blossom took place in 2018 and that was an unforgettable sight! The National Park that is managed by the Kerala Forest Department has an effective monitoring and conservation protocol, which has resulted in the preservation of the green carpeted landscape and enabled a thriving population of Nilgiri Tahr and vast stretches of the Strobilanthus plant.