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:

Field Director
Project Tiger
Kanjikuzhi, Kottayam, Kerala

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