Highlights

Anamudi Shola National Park (ASNP) was declared as National Park in December 2003 as per Notification No. 12876/F2 2003/F & WLD dated 14.12.2003 of the Kerala Government (Annexure 1). It is located on the north-eastern part of the High Ranges of southern Western Ghats. The ASNP consists of three Reserve Forests namely Mannavan Shola Reserve No. 58, Pullaradi Shola Reserve No. 57 and Idivara Shola Reserve No. 56 which were notified on 22nd October 1901 under Section 18 of regulation II of 1068. Together they occupy an area of 33.45 sq. km (as per SOI topo sheets) where as the notified extent is only 7.50 km2. The Park includes three distinct but typical sholas of which Mannavan shola is the largest in South India.

In Muvattupuzha part of Malayattoor Working Plan for the period 1951-52 to 1966-67 by Sri. T.P. Viswanathan, for Mannavan shola, Idivara Shola and Pullaradi Shola, it is stated that (1) Mannavan Shola – though the area as per notification is 2 sq. miles (1280 acres) the area indicated on the concerned map exceeds 3100 acres and that maintained on the ground roughly corresponds to the area indicated on the map (page 101). (2) Idivila Shola – though the area as per notification is 150 acres the area indicated on the concerned map exceeds 3000 acres and that maintained on the gound roughly corresponds to the area indicated on the map (page 99) and (3) Pullaradi Shola – though the area as per notification is 400 acres, the area indicated on the concerned map exceeds 3000 acres and that maintained on the gound roughly corresponds to the area indicated on the map (page 105). It was prescribed in page 72 of working plan to take early steps to survey and notify the Shola Reserves. The extent within the notified boundaries has also been checked and calculated by the GIS unit working under the Chief Conservator of Forests (FMIS). As per the findings of GIS unit extent comes to 32.85 km2.