Periyar National Park (Thekkady)

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Earlier was under the reign of the Pandayas in the twelfth-century a dam named Mullaperiyar was constructed over the west flowing river Periyar.

Earlier was under the reign of the Pandayas in the twelfth-century a dam named Mullaperiyar was constructed over the west flowing river Periyar.

Periyar National Park is one of the most beautiful and also exciting wildlife sanctuaries in India. The Elephant and Tiger Reserve is among the most well-known tourist places in South India during summer. In the warm temperatures, it is easy to spot wildlife as they come looking for water and food. It is home to tigers and a significant elephant population and in addition rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, panthers and Indian bison. You can go for boat safaris, jungle safaris, patrolling, night walks and more. Escape the cities and visit a natural heaven.

The Periyar National Park has spread more than 257 square miles and the rivers Pamba and Periyar flow through it. These rivers help the plants and animals to nurture and flourish. This site attracts a large number of tourists to it every year, who come from all parts of the world to take the pleasure in the boat cruises, jungle safaris in the form of jeep safaris and elephant safaris, and prominent eco-tourism activities, that are the specialty to this national park. These eco-tourism activites are a noble attempt to safeguard the environment and include choices, for example, Jungle Patrol, Border hiking, Bamboo Grove, Bamboo Rafting, Periyar Tiger Trail, Jungle Inn, Jungle camp and Bullock Cart discoveries.

The attractions at the national stop are perfect places for enjoying boating at the magnificent lake, trekking through the dense forest, or simply sitting back to spot an animal or two. It is no uncertainty that this place is the ideal holiday destination, which offers adventures and nature beautifully rolled into one. The wide range of activities, nice and affordable as well as easy accessibility, makes Periyar National Park an absolute must visit tourist spot in Kerala.

Timings for boat cruise is 7:25 am, 9:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

Popular Tourist Attractions:-

  • wildlife safaris
  • Periyar lake boating
  • Enjoy Ayurvedic massages
  • spice plantations in Kumily

For Accommodation:-

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  • both private and government buses are available for this place.
  • The Periyar National Park is just accessible by Road.
  • The closest airport is in Madurai, 140 km away.
  • The closest railway station is in Kottayam,114 km
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Earlier was under the reign of the Pandayas in the twelfth-century a dam named Mullaperiyar was constructed over the west flowing river Periyar. As a result, it created an artificial lake in the area which today remains at the centre of the sanctuary, enhancing its beauty to greater extents. With the creation of this lake, the landscape and the features of the valley changed drastically.

During the18th and19th centuries, the reserve was the haunting ground of the Travancore Kings, which is today the part of most of the Southern Kerala. In 1899, the zone was declared as a forest reserve called the Periyar Lake Reserve with an intention of protecting the hunting areas of the kings from the encroachment of tea plantaion. Further, in 1934, the lake reserve was converted into a game sanctuary, the Nellikkampatty Game Sanctuary. The Game Sanctuary covered an area of around 500 sq km. In 1950, some more areas was added to create the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1978, the sanctuary was included into the Central Government initiative to be known as the Project Tiger and was renamed as Periyar Tiger Reserve.

In 1992, the reserve also become a part of Project Elephant when it was launched by the Central Ministry of Environment and Forests to protect the free ranging populations of wild Asian elephants in various states of India.

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