Periyar Travel Guide
Periyar Travel Guide: Periyar, also known as Thekkady is best known for its wildlife, is a must-see for all visitors to Kerala. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends, whose population is currently around 800. The population of tigers is also increasing appreciably. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type.
Places To Visit in Periyar
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary The Animals
An incredible paradise for elephants, you can watch herds of wild elephants near the Periyar lake, as they frolic in the water. Other animals include the tiger, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, the Nilgiri langur, wild dog, porcupine, lion tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel and sloth bear.
About 260 species of birds can be sighted here including darters, cormorants, ibises, gray herons, mynas, flycatchers, orioles, wood pigeons, kingfishers, kites, ospreys, thrushes, and numerous blue-winged parakeets.
Take a boat ride on Periyar Lake and enjoy the absolutely fantastic sights . Applaud As the elephants come in herds to frolic in the water. Marvel at the myriad species of birds as they dip into the water.
Unique shopping in Periyar
The small but bustling market streets offer Kerala and Kashmiri handicrafts, bookstores, specialty nature shops, and of course the spice shops. Bu t the mainstay is the exotic spices as Periyar is actually the land of spices. Spices like Pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise abound and even the air is thick with their scents.
Eating Out in Periyar
While walking down the road, you can pick from Kerala, North Indian, Chinese and continental dishes. Clean and delicious food are aplenty , at reasonable rates.
How to Reach Periyar
Air : The nearest airport is Madurai (140km).
Rail : The nearest major rail junction is Kottayam.
Road : Easily accessible by road from towns in Kerala. The park is well connected by metalled road from the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram (271 km),