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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Situated within the confines 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 sanctuary also called the Tekkadi wildlife sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat. The secinc beauty and diversity of wildlife attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Spread over 777 sq.km the sanctuary is famous for the large elephant population which are an absolute delight to watch specially when you travel by boat on the lake.

A Walk In The Wild:
Periyar is the ideal place for the elephant lovers who can see this mammal swinging its trunks, in its natural habitat.
Herds of playful wild elephants have made this place their blissful abode. Periyar is one of the world's famous wildlife reserves where one can lay their eyes on the other creatures as well. The vast area of the park encompasses a lot of other animals such as leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur (a primate), bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and sloth bear.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
As per the latest reports, there are approximately 40 tigers in the area which can be seen early in the morning.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The artificial lake is a major attraction where the tourists get the pleasure to view the wildlife while on a boat. The park also boasts of some rare species of bird that frequent Periyar, these include the Ceylon frog-mouth, rose billed roller, the Giant Hornbill, Cormorant, Darter, Osprey and Racket-tailed Drongo.

Periyar Wildlife SanctuaryTop Tips:
Guided jungle walks are available and depart early in the morning. For walks further into the park guides can be arranged from the wildlife information center. Trekking can also be done inside the park. Elephant-back rides are available for wildlife viewing around the park. There are spice gardens nearby and tours are regularly organized.

Climate:
The temperature during summers (April-June) ranges from 21°C to 24°C. During the monsoon (July-August), it ranges from 19°C to 21°C. Winter season lasts from October to March and is cool and pleasant. The best period to visit the place would be November-April.

Wheels To Periyar:
» Air: The nearest airheads are Madurai (140 kms) and Kochi (190 kms).

» Rail: The nearest railheads are Theni (60 kms), Changanassery (114 kms) and Kottayam (114 kms)

» Road: The nearest bus station is Kumily (4 kms) which is well connected to Ernakulam, Kovalam, Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu), Trivandrum and Munnar.

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