Ervikulam National Park along with Rajamala is the precious habitat of the Niligiri Tahr in Kerala. The park occupies an area of 97 sq km and was initially a hunting preserve of the British planters. In 1950s, an NGO realized the importance of protecting the tahrs and stepped in to demand the declaration of area as a sanctuary. In 1975, the area became a Wildlife Sanctuary and in 1978 it was designated a National Park. The tahrs here are so used to the human beings that they do not shy away from even blocking the road. The park is open from 7 am to 5 pm and also offers some breathtaking views of its flora.