One of the
oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India, Periyar National Park and Tiger
Reserve was established in the verdant stretches of Kerala in 1895 and
declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The Periyar Widlife Sanctuary covers
an area of 777 sq km, out of which 360 sq km is under thick and dense
evergreen forests. Surrounded by the dense forests, it is quite
popular for the Periyar Lake.
An ideal habitat for Indian Elephant, you can see this mighty
herbivore living in accord with the ferocious carnivore - Tiger - in
the national park. Whereas the wooded hills and the forest provide
shelter to the resident animals, the Periyar Lake is the vast water
resource, which quenches their thirst anytime and everytime. The
national park and the tiger reserve is rated as one of the best
wildlife sanctuaries in India for wildlife photography, bird watching,
elephant herds and tiger watching.
Time to Visit
1st October till 30th June
The nearest airports
from Periyar are Kochi (Cochin) at 200 kms or Madurai in Tamil
Nadu at 140 kms from Periyar.
The nearest railhead
from Periyar is at Kottayam, which is 114 kms away.
The nearest town from
Periyar is Kumily, well connected with Kottayam, Ernakulam and
Madurai in Tamil Nadu with a good network of roads.
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