Periyar National Park
Periyar National Park & Tiger Reserve is set high in the ranges of the
Western Ghats in Kerala. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of
the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir
meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial
source of water for the local wildlife.
Animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars. In
March and April, during the driest period here, the animals spend a lot
of time near the lake and the elephants can be seen bathing and swimming
in the reservoir. You may even get a glimpse of the tiger during this
Periyar is also home to leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, monitor
lizards and a variety of snakes and birds.
The birds include darter, cormorant, grey heron, ibis, great malabar
hornbill and grey hornbill, kingfishers, ospreys and kites as well as
orioles, hill mynas, racket tailed drongos, parakeets, including the unusual
blue winged paraket and fly catchers.
The animals are viewed from motor launches on the lake and from watch
towers. A summer palace of the former Maharaja of Travancore, set along
the lake, is a hotel and a fine place to stay.
Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve
Best time to visit :
October to April
Lake palace, Spice Village, Taj Garden Retreat
Nearest Town :
Kumily (4 km)
How to get there :
Air : Kottayam (114 km) ;
Rail : Cochin (200 km) or Madurai (TN) (140 km)