In God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Though its a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian Elephants in the act playfulness by the Periyar lake.Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. It is also known as an Elephant Reserve and a Tiger Reserve.The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. It is located high in the Cardamom Hills of the Southern Western Ghats along the border with Tamil Nadu.
Apart from Elephants and Tiger, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Indian Wild Dog. There are more than 30 tigers here. And 4 different type species of primates( different types of Apes/Monkeys) are found at Periyar - the rare Lion-Tailed Macaque, The Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur And Bonnet Macaque.
Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the exclusive Nilgiri Tahr, which is rarely to be seen.These Spicies are even found in some regions in Canada.The Canadian Tahr
For people who love Bird watching Periyar is again a great place to Visit.The birdlife comprises of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and Racket-Tailed Drongoes.
The reptilian population boasts Of Monitor Lizards that can be spotted lying in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar national park often see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.
In the heart of the mountains, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary's environment is like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist forest gives one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to return back.
Places to visit near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumily : Situated just 4-kms from Periyar, Kumily is a growing town where tourism is fastly growing up just like the spice business, the major occupation of people in Kumily
Cradomom Hills : Periyar and Kumily are the most convenient points from which visitors can easily explore Kerala's beautiful Cardamom hills.
Boat Cruises : Boat cruises make the best option to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary.Today the Periyar lake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists.
Tree House: While in Periyar one must experience the stay at one of the TREE HOUSES in PERIYAR.
How to Reach Periyar National Park
Kochi/Cochin at 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at140-kms are the nearest airports from Periyar.Cochin is a International Airport and flights are well connected Domestically as well as Internationally
Kottayam at 114-kms is the nearest railhead from Periyar.Kottayam is well connected Railway station to the rest of indian cities.
Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.You could even hire a Taxi.
It wont be a problem for you to find a Resort/Hotel/Tree Houses or Guest House in Periyar.
Periyar Mist Homestay Thekkady and Thekkady Wild Corridor is highly recommended.
Best Time to Visit Periyar
The best season to visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from the month of October and June.
Phone and Internet Connectivity is quite good around the place.
Medical facilities are also available near Kumily District. Kerela is one place In india, Where you can get Medical Aid ASAP,in the times of an emergency.
Best for Wildlife Enthusiast/tourist who love Bird Batching, Nature lovers and a family vacation on a Tree House.
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