Tiger Reserve, one of the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries
in India, spread across 777 Sq. Kms out of which 360 Sq. Kms is
thick forest, is one of the best places for viewing wild
elephants. There is a 26 Sq. Km. artificial lake formed
by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river.
A boat cruise on the lake is a great way to watch the wildlife.
Wild animals like the Elephant, Gaur,
Sambar Deer and wild boar, which
can be easily seen from close quarters during the serene boat ride.
Other Mammals like the Nilgiri Thar, the lion tailed macaque,
the bonnet macaque, the Malabar giant Squirrel,
the flying Squirrel, the Tiger,
the jungle cat and the sloth bear are seen only once in a while.
Around 265 different species of birds like the Hornbill,
stork, woodpecker, kingfisher,
raptor, cormorant, grackle,
darter etc. can also be seen.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Cochin, which is 192 kms [5 hrs drive] away.
Nearest Rail head is Kottayam which is approx. 120 kms away. Periyar
is well connected by road.
Places to see
Periyar National Park
National Park is open from morning 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs daily.
Boating is the only way to view the wildlife in Periyar
Timing: From 07:00 hrs to 11:00 hrs
From 14:00 hrs. to 16:00hrs.
Trekking is another wonderful way to view the
wildlife from close quarters. Early morning trekking
to the jungles can be arranged. It will be good if you can carry
your trekking boots and gear. 4 days trekking into
the Periyar jungles with overnight tent
camping can also be arranged.
Spices are found in abundance in Periyar. A guided Plantation
tour to familiarize you with different spices and plantations
like cardamom, pepper, tea,
coffee, cloves, ginger,
turmeric, nutmeg, cumin
seed, garlic etc. is a main attraction
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