Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
you can catch the Indian elephants in the act of ablution by the lake.
Though these pachyderms are the cynosure of eyes at the Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary (Established in 1950) in Kerala, the park is known to shelter
numerous other species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Nestled in the
soaring ranges of the Western Ghats, the sanctuary sprawls over an area of
777 sq km. As you undertake a safari here, the park will continue to bring
you various shades of nature, the reason being its diversified terrains,
lush greens and myriad exotic species of animals.
Spotting The Wildlife
The Indian elephants are of course the biggest draw for wildlife fanciers
here. A boat safari along the Periyar Lake is one of the finest options to
take delight in the sight. You'll see herds of elephants, along with their
young ones, frolicking by the Periyar Lake. So, keep your cameras poised and
have some wonderful wildlife snaps to brag back home.
The park is also home to over 40 tigers and there are good options to have
that chilling encounter that you might be craving, for a long time. Other
park inmates include gaur, sambar, barking deer, wild dog, Nilgiri langur,
Nilgir tahr, Bonnet macaque etc. Monitor lizards, pythons and King cobra are
major lures for reptile lovers.
The birdlife at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is no less captivating for
visitors. The commonly sighted avian species include cormorants, darters,
gray herons, mynas, flycatchers, wood pigeons, thrushes, kites, kingfishers,
parakeets, orioles etc. Take along a local guide to make your trip much more
exciting and knowledgeable than ever.
boat cruise along the much renowned Periyar Lake is one of the most suitable
options to spot the wildlife population of the park. An early morning boat
ride could be much rewarding for visitors. Besides, you can also plan a jeep
safari into the confines of the jungle to watch more and more animal
species. Local guides are also available to accompany you during the safari.
Kumily, which is just 4 km from Periyar, is a good option to start on spice
plantation tours. The town also has a number of hotels and resorts to cater
to your needs. Also make a trip to the cardamom hills as Periyar and Kumily
turn our to be perfect bases for that.
Best Time To Visit
You can make a trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary between the months of
October and June.
Tourists can first fly to either Kochi (200 km) or Madurai (140 km), the
closest airports. From there, they can take private buses or taxis to get to
the national park. The nearest railhead from Periyar is Kottyam, 114 km
away. The railway station has regular trains connecting to different parts
of the state. Get to Kumily (4 km) to avail of regular bus services to place
like Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai (Tamil Nadu).