About 24 per cent of Kerala’s land mass is forest-covered. The hill ranges of the Western Ghats – ranging from 900 to over 2000 metersin height – are clothed in forests that are home to around fifteen national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that host a variety of rare, even endangered, wildlife: elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, the NilgiriTahr (Ibex), bisons,boars, lynxes, gray wolves and deer, to name just a few. Reptiles, including king cobras, vipers, pythons, turtles, crocodiles and nearly 500 species of birds, many of them rare, roam freely in the wilds here. Hotels and resorts and home-stays are plentiful. Forest tours, trails and guides make your jungle adventure safe, exciting and memorable.