Periyar National Park (THEKKADY)
A dam constructed on the Periyar river led to the submersion of a vast forest area.
Over the next few years a lake of 55 sq km was formed. This assured the local wildlife
a constant source of water. Ever since the wildlife has grown in a constant progression.
Today this lake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Though its a Tiger
Reserve, tourists come here to view the elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness
by the lake.
In the lap of the mountains, the sanctuary's environ is like a canvas of many shades.
The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest gives one a chance to experience the
peace and serenity and long to return for more.
Area: 777 sqkm
Best time to visit: December - May
How to get there: The National Park is 4 km from the
nearest town, Kumily. The nearest railhead is 114 km, at Kottayam. The nearest airport
is Kochi, 190 km and Madurai, only 145 km from the Park.
Accomodation: Accommodation is available at Forest
Rest House, Aranya Nivas Hotel, Edapalayam Lake Palace and Periyar House.
Prominent Fauna: Elephant, Tiger, Sambar, Barking
Deer, Mouse Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Lion-tailed Macaque, Malabar
Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Sloth Bear, Gaur, etc.
For Additional Information:
Kanjikuzhi, Kottayam, Kerala