Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in India. Located in Kerala, Periyar national park is famous for the varied wildlife it houses. The exotic Periyar sanctuary is situated in the city of Thekkady and synonymous with name of the city. The best time to visit Periyar National Park, Kerala would be from September to May when the weather is favorable and most animals are found near the artificial lake, which is 100 years old. It is a good idea to avoid the monsoons. The place experiences heavy rainfall and you wouldn't want to experience monsoon in Kerala inside the sanctuary.
Though the sanctuary houses many species of wild animals and birds, the
most famous are the wild Asian elephants. Also known as Indian
elephants, it is sheer thrill spotting them in the wild, roaming around
in large herds. The best way to explore Periyar is by taking a boat ride
around the lake. The forest is really thick and also houses tigers. You
can always look out for pug marks or if you are lucky, you may just
catch the big cat feasting on its freshly hunted prey behind thick
bushes. The best time to go for a walk through the jungle is early
morning or dusk. The frequently visited spot by the animals is the lake.
You can spot many species of deer, elephants, monkeys, etc. at the lake.
Apart from the wild animals, there are many species of birds like
cormorants, kingfishers, darters and the great Malabar hornbill among
200 other species. A number of reptiles like snakes and monitor lizards
can also be found. The snakes are both poisonous and non-poisonous, so
watch out! You can find the famous King Cobra in this sanctuary.
The wildlife park also boasts of a variety of plants and trees. The
forest has deciduous type of vegetation, which gives the forest a lush
green look. It is as if a blanket of velvety trees has enveloped the
place. The park also has many spice gardens around where exotic species
of plants are grown under controlled conditions. Hire a good guide and
you will be amazed to know the medicinal values of each and every plant
and tree and learn that nature has so much to offer. Another quick
getaway near the Periyar is the Cardamom hills. It is a beautiful spot
and a great place to unwind and feel at one with nature. So visit
Periyar Sanctuary and feel the magic take over.
How to Reach Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Nearest airports are Madurai Airport (140 km) and Cochin Airport (200
Railway station at Kottayam is 120 km away. Trains are also available
from Cochin and Madurai.
Buses are available from nearby town of Madurai and Kumily (located
just outside the sanctuary. Taxis can also be hired.